23 Sep 2010

Special start built for adaptive rowers at Lake Karapiro

2:28 pm on 23 September 2010

World Rowing Championships organisers have confirmed a special start has been built for use at the 1000 metre mark for the adaptive, or disabled, athletes.

Since adaptive races were added to the World Championships programme, they've started at the standard 2000 metres line and finished at the 1000 metres mark, out of sight of the crowd and grandstands.

But Lake Karapiro will have a specially built start pontoon so adaptive rowers finish in front of the 10,000 seater grandstand.

Chief executive Tom Mayo says organisers were determined to ensure that the adaptive athletes would be cheered home and not compete in a vacuum way down the lake.