Rowing is a relatively new sport to the Paralympic Games, being introduced in Beijing 2008. As a result of its popularity at world level, rowing was introduced to the Paralympic Games in Beijing and has continued to grow, with now over 24 nations competing. All impairment groups except athletes with learning disability are eligible.

FISA, the World Rowing Federation, FISA (from the French, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) introduced adaptive rowing on a World Championship level at its 2002 World Rowing Championships in Seville, Spain, when 38 athletes competed in the men’s single scull and the coxed four. At the 2003 World Rowing Championships in Milan, Italy, the mixed double scull was added with the women’s single scull first raced in 2006.

Video still of an interview with Naomi Riches

An interview with Naomi Riches MBE


Naomi Riches is an adaptive rower who was part of the British mixed coxed four team that won gold at London in 2012 and bronze in Beijing in 2008. Read more.