Americas take central stage on the road to Paris

The 2024 World Rowing Americas Continental Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta were held in Rio de Janeiro from 14-17 March 2024 . Crews from 20 nations from all over the continent (Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela), took central stage to try and gain a quota place for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 14 Olympic and 3 Paralympic slots were up for grabs in one of the most iconic Rowing venues Worldwide.

The World Rowing Development Programme supported a pre-event training opportunity for athletes and coaches from all interested Member Federations attending the Americas Paralympic Qualification event, a sustained effort during the past two quadrenniums, with the objective to improve safety and performance levels leading to this important event.

A small group of targeted Olympic rowers and coaches from Barbados, Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua also benefited from logistical and technical support during the week in Rio. 

All participants in Rowing should be competent and confident in the water. Member Federations are expected to confirm that their participants have a basic swimming ability, and where found in the water do not panic and have the competence to respond and keep themselves safe.

World Rowing Development aims to improve the quality of Rowing and coaching by imparting knowledge through education and training activities, with a safety first approach.

World Rowing has met with the Clube Regatas Flamengo to discuss cooperation opportunities to continue to develop and protect our sport. As an immediate result, the club has provided logistical support to the WR education programme the first day of the programme included a Capsize and recovery drill targeting  all para rowers taking part in the training and event, in particular those who had not yet had the opportunity to take part in such training.

World Rowing Para Rowing Education lead Simon Goodey delivered a practical workshop and oversaw the Capsize and recovery drill with the support of WR Coaches Esteban Briguglio and Fred Mallrich.

 The WR Development Team provided on-site support through coaches Osvaldo Borchi, Ruben Scarpati, Esteban Briguglio, Fred Mallrich and Franquilin Silva. WR Chief Classifier Simon Goodey and classifiers Hang Seun Ho and Rafael Jacob de Jesus were on site supporting the programme by undertaking the required classification and reviews for para-athletes.

This event and related support activities would not have been possible without the valuable support of the Brazilian Rowing Confederation. World Rowing is highly appreciative of the CBR and national Brazilian authorities’ efforts to assist with the delivery of the event. 

More information, related news, streaming youtube links and results details are available via the World Rowing website:

2024 World Rowing Americas Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta – World Rowing