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June 2022: Indoor rowing accreditation available for Australia’s veteran community thanks to Invictus Australia, Rowing Australia and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

The Introductory Indoor Rowing Coaching Accreditation course, an exciting and inclusive program delivered in partnership with Invictus Australia and Rowing Australia, is well underway. The free 4-hour e-course was introduced to provide serving and former-serving veterans around the country, along with their families, the opportunity to get involved with the sport of rowing – particularly the growing sport of indoor rowing.

Invictus Australia has the privilege of witnessing first-hand the power of sport and its ability to connect communities, and to support the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of Australia’s veterans. Through its strong partnerships, such as its work with Rowing Australia, Invictus Australia is able to offer specifically designed sporting events, programs and  courses exclusively for the national Defence community. The free and nationally available Indoor Rowing Accreditation Course is a testament to that.

Whether competing, coaching or facilitating, sport has the power to heal

The Riggers Course, which facilitates veterans of any ability reaching accreditation status as an indoor rowing instructor, has had an indisputable positive impact on participants . Not only does it support the wellbeing of those looking to achieve their recovery and rehabilitation goals, it provides a pathway for veterans and their families to improve their fitness and expand their social circles within a community of like-minded people, while giving back.

“I felt lost, as most veterans do and this course has given me that pathway back into a group and that sense of belonging whilst also providing an outlet for both my physical and mental health.” – Brigid Baker, Army veteran, Invictus Games competitor and Rigger Course alumni.

Partnerships, vital funding and collaborations help Invictus Australia reach more veterans around the country

The Introductory Indoor Rowing Coaching Accreditation course is made possible thanks to funding from the Department of Veteran Affairs. Invictus Australia CEO, Michael Hartung says he is excited about the future of the partnership and the impact that Invictus Australia and Rowing Australia can have on the lives of Aussie Veterans and their families.

“This course can support 250 veterans nationally to undertake coaching accreditations, thanks to support from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The Riggers Course is one suited to those who are looking to progress their knowledge of indoor rowing and support others who take up the sport.” 

In addition, so much more has been made possible following the recent $9 million investment announced by the former Minister of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Andrew Gee in the 22/23 federal budget.

“This Australian Government has been a strong supporter of Invictus Australia and the additional $9 million investment in this Budget demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the organisation. The funding will help deliver Invictus’ Adaptive Sports Program and get more veterans involved in local and community sport right across Australia.” said Minister Gee at the time.

Interested in completing an indoor rowing coaching accreditation?

Veterans of all abilities are able to reap the benefits from the Introductory Indoor Rowing Coaching Accreditation course and indoor rowing in general, given the adaptable nature of the sport. The physical nature of the sport aids in veteran recovery and rehabilitation, while also providing an avenue for physical exertion aiding in improving overall fitness levels. And, it’s a whole lot of fun!

Veterans and their families can sign up to the free Introductory Indoor Rowing Coaching Accreditation course here:

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