The Russian Paralympic Committee is reporting today that a training camp was held in the Crimean city of Yevpatoria. The camp was for Crimean Paralympians and Deaflympians in their efforts to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics and 2017 Summer Deafympics. Russian Paralympians assisting local rowers with their training included 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympians Catherine Snegiryov, Vyacheslav Mach, Valentina Wheat, Vasiliy Feoktistov, Nikita Krek, and Makim Manakov.
The first of training included two single session intensive classes in the gym using rowing machines, ski simulators and the swimming pool. This was followed by using a sauna and Turkish baths. Later training sessions will involve rowing on the open water at a rowing facility on Lake Moynaki. On March 2, the rowers will get an opportunity to go to Yalta, and train with the Russian Paralympic national team.
This training comes as part of a push to assist Crimean rowers in qualifying for the 2016 Summer Paralympics. A path for qualification includes competing in the 2015 FISA World Rowing Championships in Lake Aiguebelette, France in late August and early September.
In the coming days, the athletes begin their studies in open water on water-sports center “Dynamo” (Saki, Mikhailovskoe lake). This beautiful lake is different purest clear fresh water and is one of the few almost ice-free lakes in Russia.