Adaptive Rowing

Elizabeth Murphy, an adaptive sports coordinator for Brooks Rehabilitation Center in Daytona Beach, demonstrates rowing techniques to A.B Taylor, left, of Daytona Beach Shores, as volunteer Pam Rae watches at the Halifax Rowing Association in Daytona Beach in 2019.

The Halifax Rowing Association bought six racing shells with a Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities District grant.

Also, the local rowing club sponsors a regatta that attracts rowers and families from the Southeastern United States. The 24th annual Halifax Summer Regatta will showcase the Halifax River and bring in more than 600 people to experience Daytona Beach July 24-25.

HRA is always looking for athletes of all shapes and sizes interested in being a part of a local rowing team.

There is room for participants of all ages (12 older), including seniors, and from anywhere in Volusia County.

If you are willing to practice on a regular basis and would like to compete with other athletes from around Florida and beyond, or if you are looking for a recreational sport for a low-impact workout, you could be a candidate for membership.

HRA also is home to the Halifax Junior Rowing team, made up of student-athletes from Volusia high schools and middle schools. These groups train year-round and compete in the fall and spring. This is the first year the team sent four athletes to the USRowing Youth National Regatta in Sarasota. Former HRA junior rowers have moved on to become collegiate rowers for the University of Central Florida, University of Florida, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Drexel, Stetson and Cornell universities. Rowing opens doors for student-athletes. It is also a sport that will become a "rest-of-life” activity for area youth and adults.

The Boathouse was built in 1996 and also houses the Embry-Riddle men's and women's teams and Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation programs. One or two more boat bays are needed at the boathouse.

The Boathouse houses racing shells of all sizes, from single-person boats to nine-person boats that reach more than 60 feet long.

Rowing is the oldest Olympic sport and has been a staple of the community for almost three decades.

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