Braile Boat Numbers

2 Jul

The minimum bar for accessibility is quite low, but the maximum bar is limitless. Rowing clubs often get overly apprehensive about not having accessible enough facilities to support adaptive rowing, but most disabled athletes deal with inaccessibility every day of their lives and are pretty accustomed to managing various obstacles. No rowing for them is much worse than impeded rowing. And on the upside, with consideration and creativity, supported at the club can often find all sorts of ways to make the adaptive athlete’s time there easier.

I am particularly fond of the Stourport boat that competed at the Marlow Town Regatta rowed by PR3-VI Susanah Barnett. The club produced Braille lettering for the boat identifier (see photo). A small touch but these details can do so much to make an adaptive rower feel very welcome.

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