Kids Sport: Rowing

Rowing is an excellent form of fitness for children to undertake – it gives a complete body workout. It provides aerobic conditioning as well as strength training.

Typically children can begin to row from secondary school age.

Training and competition

Children will not necessarily compete in rowing races when they initially begin to participate in the sport. Coaches will teach them how to row and they will train accordingly. Once children develop their rowing skills they may wish to compete in races.


Rowing can prove to be physically taxing on the body so individual discretion is advised as to when to begin rowing. It is recommended that children wait until they are 12 years of age but children who can physically cope can begin rowing when it is individually appropriate for them.

Rowing is an impact-free sport so the risk of impact style injuries is eliminated. Whilst at the elite level many rowers are tall and powerful this is not a requirement for school age children interested in participating.

Sporting tips

In order to specifically participate in rowing you require;

  • A great work ethic
  • Excellent physical fitness
  • A high level of mental strength and application

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