SORA offers rowing opportunities to all Central Florida residents and visitors. Our goal is to promote the sport of rowing as an inclusive sport, welcoming all athletes including those with physical and intellectual disability.
Why Rowing?• Rowing is a sport that accommodates an extremely wide range of abilities. The buoyancy of water helps overcome limitations that may seem insurmountable on land.• Rowing develops both mental and physical skills.• Adaptive athletes can row at any level – for recreation, for competition, and for rehabilitation therapy.• Rowing provides an opportunity for the integration of adaptive athletes within their local rowing communities.• Rowing allows each athlete to focus on his/her own physical progress while also contributing to the success of the team.
Adaptive Rowing Classifications:• AS (Arms and Shoulders) - Athletes who have minimal or no trunk function and minimal or no use of their legs. These athletes likely have poor sitting balance. AS rowers are not able to use the sliding seat and require a fixed seat adaptation• TA (Trunk and Arms) - Athletes who have functional use of the trunk and minimal or no use of their legs. TA athletes are not able to use a sliding seat and require a fixed seat adaptation.• LTA– (Leg Trunk and Arms) - Athletes who have functional use of their legs, trunk and arms. They are able to use the standard sliding seat.Additional LTA classifications Include: blind or visually impaired, intellectually disabled, athletes who have a single leg above the knee amputation, and athletes who one or more forms of physical disability that are not listed above including, but not limited to, neuromuscular-related ailments.
To learn more about adaptive rowing or if you know an adpative athlete who would enjoy rowing, please email Katie@SORAcrew.comSORA is excited to host Sgt. Rob Jones and Oksana Masters, Trunk and Arms Athletes training in Orlando for three months with Louisville Adaptive Rowing, Paralympic Military Program and Athletes Without Limits. Rob and Oksana are training to win US Trials in March and then hope to become the USA Trunk and Arms 2x at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Thank you to the following supporters who continue to make it possible for SORA to offer Adaptive Rowing to Central Florida: