Quick Release Foot Plate Straps

27 Apr

As I discovered at Plovdiv, the previous generation of Velcro footstraps issued with the Wintech adaptive boats (see above) are actually non-compliant with FISA safety standards. The double Velcro strapping with no single pull-point means that they are not “quick … Read More »

Rowing Chat on Gear

3 Mar

The Rowing Chat channel on YouTube features lots of great rowing insights and discussions and a relatively recent episode, “Rowing Gadgets & Gear #2 – Para Rowing & More”, focused entirely on the para side of the sport. Hosted by … Read More »

Capsizes With Safety Pontoons

28 Sep

This post comes to you courtesy of British Rowing’s Paralympic Pathway Coach Ella Willott. As it happens, Ella was the one who first established the adaptive/pararowing programme at the Marlow RC including recruiting me as a volunteer to run it … Read More »

Fine Single TA Rowing Seat

3 May

Most adaptive fixed seats are designed as dual purpose PR1 (with supported back) and PR2 (where the back piece detaches to become a flat seat. Furthermore, the seats are often quite wide to accommodate the broadest range of athletes possible. … Read More »

Adaptive Boat Catalogue

8 Mar

We won’t be stuck in the gym forever and maybe after this last wintry blast, spring weather will start to emerge and we can all get back on the water. If you are still thinking of adding to your fleet … Read More »

Perpendicular Grip Squat Bar

21 Feb

One of the most standard exercises for rowers is the squat. The drill works the leg and core intensively. Unfortunately, it can still be impeded by arm impairments as the arms are required for steadying what is often some quite … Read More »

Erg Pointer

25 Jan

Adaptive rowers without arm impairments can still use a helping hand (yes, pun intended of course) from some handy (yes, again) adaptive tools. One challenge for the fixed seat rowers is reaching the erg screen to set the workout. To … Read More »

Leg-Extension Limiter

7 Jan

Most impairments keep the athlete from moving enough, but sometimes the challenge can be moving too much. The fixed seat for PR2 (“TA” or “Trunk and Arm”) rowers is an obvious example. Many PR2 rowers can simply sit on a … Read More »

Adaptive Seat Catalogue

18 Nov

Marlow sits in the hilltop shadow of its local council, High Wycombe, famous for its chair industry. The nickname for the local football team, the Wycombe Wanderers, is the “Chairboys”. It even boasts a Chair Museum at few miles from … Read More »