PR3 athletes from around the country will be making their way to Canberra for a training camp next week in preparation for the Head of the Yarra in Melbourne. Athletes were selected from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

PR3 rowers are athletes who have the use of their legs, trunk and arms and who can utilise a stationary seat. Rowers may have a physical or visual impairment. Details of classification can be found here.

Rowing Australia Para-Rowing Senior Coach, Gordon Marcks, will be joined by 2017 Rowing Australia Volunteer of the Year, Ben Flanagan (SA), in coaching the crew.

The camp will primarily be conducted from the Australian Institute of Sport, the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre and the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Seasmanship Centre.

“We are grateful for the ADF support to conduct the camp and look forward to working with their rowing staff throughout the week and into the future.

“The Head of the Yarra presents us with the perfect opportunity to get a new group of talented athletes together and provide them with a great competitive experience in an eight.

“I’ve been impressed with some of the ergometer testing results leading up to the camp and have no doubt that the athletes will form a strong group which will be eagerly looking ahead  to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.”

Athletes attending the camp:

Women:

Nikki Ayers (Capital Lakes/ACT)
Alex Vuillermin (Bairnsdale/VIC)
Sara Waitzer (Tas Uni/TAS)
Grace West (Lake Tuggeranong/ACT)
Coxswain – no impairement: Jo Burnand (Mosman/NSW)

Men
Jed Altschwager (Torrens/SA)
Ben Gibson (Sydney/NSW)
William Smith (Torrens/SA)
James Talbot (Balmain/NSW)