ROWING - Stratford Boat Club's mixed ability rowers claim glut of medals at international event - The Stratford Observer

ROWING - Stratford Boat Club's mixed ability rowers claim glut of medals at international event

Stratford Editorial 18th Oct, 2023 Updated: 18th Oct, 2023   0

STRATFORD-upon-Avon Boat Club’s mixed ability group won a glut of medals competing at an international rowing event in Turin, Italy.

Stratford’s rowers won several gold, silver and bronze medals following a number of five abreast side-by-side races on The Po.

Every Stratford member came home with at least one medal.

Mixed ability or fully integrated rowing involves crews of competitors with a disability and their mainstream, able-bodied, club colleagues.

Stratford attended the event in 2022 and were instrumental in encouraging other UK clubs to attend.

In several events, UK crews were made up of a combination of Ross, Glasgow, Stratford and Ross-on-Wye rowers.

The regatta took place over two days of competition with a Special Olympics section for those with an intellectual impairment, a set of straight adaptive/para events.

And there was also a section set aside for the rehabilitation of ex-prisoners from Italian jails plus the mixed ability races.

Stratford’s head adaptive coach, Mark Dewdney, said: “It’s a great and unique event, we have sung its praises in the rowing world and the number of UK and Irish crews attending is on the rise.

“We went for a week to practice, race and enjoy Turin and the company of our Italian friends, in the end, the results don’t matter.

“What does matter is seeing everyone have a good time, a truly integrated regatta.”

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