Veteran Sport Australia (VSA) and Rowing Australia (RA) have formalised their partnership through the signing of a memorandum of understanding.

The two organisations will work closely together to partner on events and promote opportunities that support veterans and their families to engage with rowing. While this partnership will look at opportunities across the sport, there will be a particular focus on indoor rowing which has proved popular among the veteran community, thanks to its inclusion in the Invictus Games.

One of the first projects that VSA and RA will collaborate on together is the roll out of the ‘Introductory Indoor Rowing Coaching Accreditation course’.

VSA CEO, Michael Hartung, said the partnership is a natural progression for the two organisations and the team is eager to launch their first initiative.

“Veteran Sport Australia is thrilled to be partnering with Rowing Australia to deliver more opportunities for veterans and their families to harness the power of sport. The Invictus Games highlighted the popularity of indoor rowing within the veteran community and it has only continued to grow since then,” said Hartung.

“This new partnership is off to a great start with our ability to support 250 veterans nationally to undertake coaching accreditations, thanks to support from the Department of Veteran Affairs. The indoor rowing course is one suited to those who are looking to progress their knowledge of indoor rowing and support others who take up the sport.”

Both parties will work together on initiatives and events across Australia, such as the Anzac Day Indoor Rowing Challenge – one of the most anticipated annual events on the national rowing calendar – and the roll out of RA’s GRow program. The GRow programme is designed to help inactive Australians get active through rowing.

A direct benefit from these initiatives is the positive health impact that can be achieved by individuals with their recovery and rehabilitation goals. A goal shared by both organisations, as well as providing a pathway for veterans and their families who are looking for a fun activity, to improve their fitness or simply join a new community and expand their social circles.

RA CEO, Ian Robson concurred with Hartung stating, “We are delighted to partner with Veteran Sport Australia. This partnership offers great opportunities for our military personnel to enjoy the sport, as well as the health benefits of indoor rowing, and also help grow the sport of rowing.”

By harnessing the power of sport and promoting rowing within the veteran community, the partnership will support participants from a grassroots and community level right through to Adaptive Sports Programs featuring at international competitions, such as the Invictus Games.

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