The Connecticut River looked like glass. The sky was deep blue and the setting sun gave everything a golden glow. It was a perfect evening for rowing. Shellie Cyr, who lost the use of her legs in a 2011 auto accident, made her way along the floating dock at the Riverfront Boathouse rolling her wheelchair to a stop in front of a specially designed two-man rowing shell. She will spend the next two hours strapped into the narrow craft getting her weekly workout on the river.
The Ct. Adaptive Rowing program, sponsored by the Mt. Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in collaboration with Riverfront Recapture, allows this to happen. In its ninth season, the program now has 40 people taking part, 20 with physical or hearing disabilities and 20 volunteer rowers.