Name: Andrew Johnson
Sport: Para Rowing
Event: Sweeping
Height: 5’10”
Current Residence: Riverside, Conn
College: Connecticut College

Paralympic Experience:
  • 2012 Paralympic Games
Career Highlights:
  • 2012 USRowing National Championships, first place (adaptive four with coxswain)
  • 2010 World Rowing Championships, sixth place (adaptive four with coxswain)
  • 2009 World Rowing Championships, eight place (adaptive four with coxswain)

Fun Facts: Andrew was a three-time recipient of the Most Valuable Rower Award on his high school crew…He started attending selection camps for the U.S. National Adaptive Team in 2006…
When not in a rowing shell, Andrew enjoys sailing, hiking, skiing, playing the saxophone
and getting lost in new cities…His most memorable sporting achievement is the 2009
World Rowing Championships in Poznan…Andrew lists his dad as the most influential
person in his sporting career because he has always encouraged Andrew to step outside
his comfort zone and go further than he thought possible…Andrew holds climber Erik
Weihenmayer as his personal hero…In 2001, Weihenmayer became the first blind man
to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, forever changing people’s perceptions of what blind
people can accomplish…Andrew got the opportunity to hike with him to Machu Picchu
in the summer of 2006, and his drive and perseverance have inspired Andrew to find his
own hidden potential and defy even the most tenaciously-held expectations of what a blind
person can achieve.

Learn more: 
US Para Rowing