Exciting news from the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia!
Congratulations to Victoria Nolan and her team for their win today at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia!
Nolan — a special education teacher, gold medalist (World Rowing Championships), motivational speaker, and advocate for people with disabilities — was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) at 18. She won a place on the national adaptive four-person rowing team that won a bronze in the 2007 World Championships, and came sixth at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
With sixteen countries in their category, today's win places them in the running for the semi-final to be held next Saturday, September 3rd, with a final race this Sunday afternoon.
After spending ten days in training with the National Women's Team in Corgeno, Italy, Nolan and her team competed in the first heat against Ukraine (who were fourth last year) and other new teams from China, Korea, and Estonia.
In 1962, the first World Rowing Championships in rowing history for open category male rowers was organized, with the World Championships for women coming into existence twelve years later, in 1974. In 2002, adaptive rowing made its appearance on the international rowing scene.
Read more about Victoria http://www.cnib.ca/en/stories/help/victoria-nolan/
Visit www.worldrowing.com to access more information about the championships.