By Carol Quijada, Adaptive Program Coordinator
Our adaptive programs have always aimed to be inclusive, fair, and giving to our amazing community and each year we strive to make our programs better. Take a peek below for all our years of growth and highlights:
Recreational Adaptive program begins with just a few athletes every Saturday.
Our roster grew and so did the need to create different training plans for athletes with physical disabilities and athletes with cognitive disabilities.
Two team sessions were created for recreational adaptive athletes.The session for athletes with cognitive disabilities met on Saturday for 1.5 hours and the session for athletes with physical disabilities met right after for 1.5 hours.
The Para Rowing team was created in the fall for athletes with physical disabilities. They met three times a week and raced at C.R.A.S.H-B. Indoor Rowing Championship
Athletes with cognitive disabilities participated at C.R.A.S.H.-B. Gustavo Perez received first place and the traditional Hammer. This is Row New York’s first hammer at this event.
2016 The Inclusion team was created for athletes with cognitive disabilities who met once a week. Athletes in several categories- the Para Rowing team and the Inclusion team also raced at BAYADA Regatta.
The Inclusion Team and the Para Rowing team participated at BAYADA Regatta and the Head of the Schuylkill and received medals and personal records. The Inclusion Team met once a week and grew from four athletes to eight.
Our organization history is full of growth and our athletes are growing with it. This winter season, we are able to grow again and take all athletes to the next level:
This winter season, all athletes with disabilities (cognitive and/or physical) will be part of the same team: Competitive Adaptive.
This team will embody our organizational mission to “transforms the lives of New Yorkers, regardless of background or ability.” I am thrilled to be part of it and oversee the success of each athlete.
To learn more about our adaptive programs, click here.