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Funding Agreement Provides Monetary Awards for Paralympic Trial Events

by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Mar 15, 2016
PRINCETON, N.J. – USRowing is pleased to announce that monetary awards will be presented to the top performing Paralympic hopefuls competing in the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials – Rowing.
uso-amp-usptrials_rio_rowingtrials_datecity59246e0cf6146bee88a6ff00003df8e0PRINCETON, N.J. – USRowing is pleased to announce that monetary awards will be presented to the top performing Paralympic hopefuls competing in the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials – Rowing.

Funding for the awards will be provided by USRowing through a partnership with Resolute Racing Shells and company co-founder Misha Joukowsky. The trials, scheduled for April 17-24 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla., will determine several crews that will compete at the 2016 Olympic Games and at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

blake1The trials will feature racing in both qualified and non-qualified Olympic boat classes, as well as the qualified men’s and women’s arms and shoulders single sculls Paralympic boat classes.

Funding for cash awards for the seven Olympic events was announced last month. The Nathan Benderson Community Park Foundation, Benderson Development Company and Wyc Grousbeck, a Boston businessman, former collegiate champion at Princeton University and avid rower, are donating the funds to USRowing, which will be distributed to the first, second, third and fourth-place finishers in the seven Olympic-class events scheduled for April 17-24 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.

As is the case with the Olympic events, the winners of the two Paralympic events will each receive $3,500. There will be additional awards in all nine events—Olympic and Paralympic—for second, third, and fourth-place finishers, depending on the number of entries in each event.
 
USRowing High Performance Director Curtis Jordan said securing funding for the Paralympic awards took longer than the funding arrangement for the able-bodied events, but that providing cash awards for all the top performing competitors at the weeklong event was always the goal.

“This was part of the plan all along,” Jordan said. “It just took a little bit longer to secure a donor. The goal was always to recognize that para-athletes are on par with the able-bodied athletes in experience and capability, and that any cash awards would be the same as well.”

For Olympic and Paralympic boat classes already qualified during competition at the 2015 World Rowing Championships, the trials will determine the individual athletes in the women’s single sculls, women’s double sculls and the lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls, in addition to the two Paralympic events. Winners will earn the opportunity to compete in Rio, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

Racing in boat classes not yet qualified for Olympic competition will include the men’s single sculls, men’s double sculls and men’s quadruple sculls. The winners of these three events will advance to the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland, May 22-25. Crews that place top-two in the men’s double and quadruple sculls will earn a berth to the U.S. Olympic Team, pending USOC approval. In the men’s single, the top three crews earn U.S. Olympic Team nominations.

Click here for a snapshot of the full Olympic and Paralympic qualification process.

About USRowing
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 85,000 individual members and 1,300 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners.

For more information, contact: USRowing Communications, (609) 751-0710, media@usrowing.org.
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