Rowing at IMGA Master Games

Rowing, sometimes referred to as Crew in the United States, is a sport whose origins reach back to Ancient Egyptian times. It involves propelling a boat (racing shell) on water using oars. There are several different boat classes in which athletes may compete, ranging from an individual shell (called a single scull) to an eight-person shell with a coxswain (called a coxed eight).

Modern rowing as a competitive sport can be traced to the early 17th century when races (regattas) were held between professional watermen on the River Thames in London, United Kingdom. England Leander Club was founded in 1818, in Germany Der Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club was founded in 1836 and in the United States Narragansett Boat Club was founded in 1838 and Detroit Boat Club was founded in 1839. In 1843, the first American college rowing club was formed at Yale University.

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Age categories

A: Minimum age 27
B: Average age 36 years or more
C: Average age 43 years or more
D: Average age 50 years or more
E: Average age 55 years or more
F: Average age 60 years or more
G: Average age 65 years or more
H: Average age 70 years or more
I: Average age 75 years or more
J: Average age 80 years or more
K: Average age 85 years or more

The average and minimum age and gender requirements do not apply to coxswains. The age category of the crew (excluding any coxswain), shall be calculated by dividing the total number of years of age of the crew by the number of members of the crew. The age category you will compete in for Rowing will be determined as at 31 December of the year of the event. For example, if you are 42 during Games time but have turned 43 by 31 December, you would compete in the 43 years or more age category.


Possible events and disciplines

Single Scull (1x) M/W All categories 1000
Double Scull (2x) M/W/MX All categories 1000
Coxless Pairs (2-) M/W All categories 1000
Quad Scull (4x) M/W/MX All categories 1000
Coxed Four (4+) M/W/MX All categories 1000
Coxless Four (4-) M/W All categories 1000
Eight (8+) M/W/MX All categories 1000

2023 Results

View the EMG Tampere 2023 Rowing Results

Past Results

View the WMG Edmonton 2005 Rowing Results
View the WMG Sydney 2009 Rowing Results
View the WMG Lignano 2011 Rowing Results
View the WMG Torino 2013 Rowing Results
View the WMG Nice 2015 Rowing Results
View the WMG Auckland 2017 Rowing Results
View the EMG Torino 2019 Rowing Results

The IMGA doesn’t allow building new venues and encourages the host cities to use existing facilities to keep the costs lower. Therefore, the following information is subject to changes depending on the venues available.