Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta Begins Thursday in Italy

by Ed Moran, | Apr 19, 2016
The U.S. will get a chance to qualify the last boat class not yet on the 2016 Paralympic program when Helman Roman (Miami, Fla.) and Laura Goodkind (Long Beach, Calif.) race in the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta this week.
PRINCETON, N.J.  – The U.S. will get a chance to qualify the only boat class not yet on the 2016 U.S. Paralympic program when Helman Roman (Miami, Fla.) and Laura Goodkind (Long Beach, Calif.) race in the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta this week.

Roman and Goodkind, of the Miami Beach Watersports Center, will take on six other countries in the trunk and arms mixed double sculls in Gavirate, Italy, April 21-23. The top two crews in the event will earn the opportunity to race in the 2016 Paralympic GamesDSC_7720 this summer in Rio.

Roman and Goodkind rowed uncontested in the 2016 USRowing Non-Qualified Paralympic Trials, April 6, on Mercer Lake, West Windsor, N.J.

“Before we can start thinking about Rio, we have to focus on qualifying the boat,” said Roman, who was severely injured while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. "It is easy to get excited and look ahead, but we have to follow the steps and go through the process to make it to where we want to go. The primary goal will always be to qualify the boat."

Racing will begin Thursday with heats. Finals will be contested Saturday. Click here for complete event information.

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