Gold, silver and bronze medals won by Australians at indoor rowing events
A number of Australians have won medals in the Indoor Rowing events at the 2017 Invictus Games currently being contested in Toronto, Canada. The Invictus Games are held yearly, and are contested by current and former military members from across the globe.
Australian Trunk and Arms Men’s Single Scull champion, and Para-canoe Paralympic gold medallist Curtis McGrath picked up both a gold and silver medal in his two indoor rowing events. Competing in the Men’s IR4 Four Minute Endurance race McGrath claimed gold, while in the IR4 One Minute Sprint he finished with a silver medal. The IR4 classification is the equivalent of FISA’s PR2 (Trunk and Arms).
The former combat engineer with the 6th Engineer Support Regiment, was in Afghanistan when he was badly injured by an improvised explosive device in 2012 and as a result of the explosion lost his left leg below the knee and his right leg at the knee. Since then he has represented Australia at para-canoeing internationally but has taken up indoor rowing and has also trialled in on-water rowing as part of Rowing Australia’s #Train4Tokyo Para-rowing camps.
Australia’s Nathan Parker also picked up two medals, both silver, at the event. Parker finished second in the IR3 Men’s Four Minute Endurance race and in the IR3 Men’s One Minute Sprint. To compete in the IR3 classified events a competitor has an Upper Limb Impairment but has full leg and trunk function.
Meanwhile, in the Women’s events, Melissa Roberts won a silver medal in the IR6 Four Minute Endurance event, while teammate Danielle Close took home bronze in the same event. The IR6 events are open to all those without a physical injury/minimal injury – for example those living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or a brain injury.
Rowing Australia Senior Para-rowing coach, Gordon Marcks said: “It’s great to see Nathan perform so well after being able to provide a little coaching support to him and others locally in Canberra.
“It’s entirely appropriate that we pay tribute to the achievements of all the Invictus participants and families on what is Military and First Responders’ Day here at the 2017 World Rowing Championships.”