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Three Rivers Rowing Adaptive Programs offer athletes age 12+ with disabilities (VI – visually impaired, PD – physical disabilities, ID – intellectual disabilities,  HIP – hearing impaired persons) the chance to enjoy the fun, challenge, and relaxation experienced by all who have been “hooked” by the sports of rowing and paddling. The program location, on the Allegheny River near downtown Pittsburgh, also affords participants and volunteers the opportunity to explore the revitalized waterways and shoreline of our beautiful city.

Practice Schedule

April: Every Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm

May: Every Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm

June 4th to August 10th: Sundays 9:00am-11:00am, Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30pm-5:30pm or 6:00pm-8:00pm

*There will not be practice on July 2nd and July 4th.

The Adaptive Rowing team will attend the Bayada Regatta on August 12th and HOTO on October 7th and 8th.

Please check back here for updates throughout the year.

Rowing Classifications:
1) Legs, Trunk, Arms (LTA) – for athletes who are able to use at least one leg, their trunk, and their arms, and for those with visual impairments or cognitive impairments.  LTA athletes typically row in standard sculling or sweep shells with sliding seats, with the option of adding pontoons for extra stability. The LTA Mixed 4+ is the focus in this category for international competition.
2) Intellectual Disabilities (ID) – for athletes who meet the eligibility criteria established by the International Sports Federation for Persons with an Intellectual Disability (INAS-FID) and have completed the athlete eligibility application and have been issued with a INAS-FID Athletes Card.  The ID Mixed 4+ is the focus in this category for international competition.
3) Trunk and Arms (TA) – for athletes who are able to use only their trunk muscles.  The shells used by these athletes generally have fixed seats and pontoons for added stability, and sculling is most common. The TA Mixed 2x is the focus in this category for international competition.
4) Arms and Shoulders (AS) – for athletes with limited trunk control.  The shells these athletes row have fixed seats and pontoons for stability, and the rower is strapped to the fixed seat both at the waist and at the upper chest level, to allow only shoulder and arm movements. The AS1x for men and women is the focus in this category for international competition.

Who can participate?

Age: 12 years and above
Skill Level: Novice to Elite

Interested in Volunteering?
Assisting Athletes in all realms of practices and races (indoor and outdoors)Volunteers continue to serve as the backbone of our Adaptive Programs.  These individuals help in various ways including, but not limited to:

  • Equipment alterations and/or maintenance
  • Guiding/Coaching Technique
  • Dragonboating or Rowing

*For more information about our 2017 programs please contact our Director of Outreach Samantha Finigan.