BIAC currently has a few options for individuals looking to begin adaptive or para rowing or sculling. We offer individual coaching for adaptive athletes by Coach Chuck Bonnici, as well as Everybody Rows (Erows) classes on Wednesday and Friday mornings. These are technical sculling classes with a bit of cardio. Members row at their own pace and are given individual coaching attention. A participant describes the sessions as "...specific to each person's needs," appreciating Alice's ability to "find a solution to that specific problem."
For more information, or if you are interested in learning to row, contact our Adaptive Director Chuck Bonnici. New adaptive rowers normally join the adaptive erg class and/or have three private lessons and then are ready to join the team.
To learn more about Adaptive Rowing at BIAC, please contact Coach Chuck.
In 2021, USRowing in partnership with the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s Quality of Life Grant, selected BIAC as one of five clubs in the USA to participate. The goal of the grant was to increase the number of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) who row for exercise, recreation, and competition across the United States.
BIAC kicked off our program with open house events to introduce potential new rowers to our adaptive coaches and the boathouse; those that participated were able to work 1-on-1 with a coach on an erg and learn how to adapt it to their individual abilities. We now have a weekly adaptive erg class on Saturdays 11am-12pm. To sign up or learn more about the program, please contact Coach Kerry.
BIAC is part of Freedom Rows, a program that provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of adaptive sport activities disabled veterans and members of the armed forces have to participate in physical activity within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sport programs at the regional and national levels.
Local outreach includes working with the Palo Alto VA, The Riekes Center, and going to events such as the Valor Games.
BIAC members Russell Gernaat and Laura Goodkind have been working with Coach Alice in PR2 Mixed 2X. They placed 8th at the 2019 World Championship and have qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics! To follow their journey, follow them on Instagram @tokyobound2mx2x