The 2016 FISA Paralympic Qualification Regatta will be held today through Saturday April 23 in northern Italy on beautiful Lago di Varese in Gavirate organized by the A.S.D. Canottieri Gavirate. This is an international regatta with 51 Paralympic hopefuls competing from Mexico, Russia, Korea, Hungary, Germany, Poland, China, Kenya, Argentina, Australia, Zimbabwe, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Belarus, Sri Lanka, Lithuania and the United States.
The FISA development programme and the Agitos Foundation funds a ten week camp before the FISA Paralympic Qualification Regatta to introduce the sport of para-rowing to more countries and to garner support for para-rowing programmes. Five new countries are in attendance this year.The training site in Gavirate provides access to ergometers, weights, exercise bikes, indoor rowing tanks and on water training sessions for both athletes and coaches.
Racing categories include W2x (Women’s Double Sculls), M2x (Men’s Double Sculls), LM2x (Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls, LM4-(Lightweight Men’s Four), LM1x (Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls), M2+ (Men’s Coxed Pair), ASW1x (AS Women’s Single Sculls), LM4x (Lightweight Men’s Quad Sculls) LTAMix2x (LTA Mixed Double Sculls), LTAMix4+ (LTA Mixed Cox Four). The top two sculls in each category qualify for Rio.
In bocca al lupo!