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Paracanoeing is canoeing for athletes with a range of physical disabilities. The sport is governed by the International Canoe Federation (ICF). Paracanoeing debuted at the Summer Paralympics held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 where single kayak races were contested.

The two main types of paracanoe boat are kayaks (K), with a double-blade paddle, and outrigger canoes called va'as (V) where the paddler has a second hull as a support float and uses a single blade paddle with a T-top handle.

Competitor classification
Paralympic classification of mobility impairments has been restructured as of April 2015; in kayak competition (K1) there are three different classes for both men and women:

KL1 (formerly A; Arms): This grouping is for paddlers who have no trunk function (i.e. shoulder function only). A KL1 class paddler is able to apply force predominantly using the arms and/or shoulders.

KL2 (formerly TA; Trunk and Arms): Paddlers who have good use of the trunk and arms, but limited use of their legs. They are unable to apply continuous and controlled force to the footboard or seat to propel the boat.

KL3 (formerly LTA; Legs, Trunk and Arms): This class is for paddlers with a disability who have good use of their legs, trunk and arms for paddling, and who can apply force to the foot board or the seat to propel the boat.

Non-Paralympic competitions including va'a events use the same system of classification (VL1, VL2, VL3).

 Competition format
Paracanoeing is contested at World Championships, World Cups and continental championships; paddlers compete in kayaks (K1) and in va’a outrigger canoes (V1) both men and women.
All international paracanoeing competitions are 200 m sprints.
All information about the classificatiton in the season 2017 can be found here. 

ECA Competitions2017

ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup
July 29. - 30. 2017, Krakow, POL
ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup
August 5. - 6. 2017, Česke Budejovice, CZE
ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup
August 12. - 13. 2017, Bratislava, SVK
ECA Junior&U23 Canoe Slalom ...
August 16. - 20. 2017, Hohenlimburg, GER


Paracanoeing European Champion titles to Farias, Swoboda and Yemelianov

The second day of the 2017 ECA Paracanoeing European Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, brought the last three finals of the championships. Esteban Farias, Markus Swoboda and Serhii Yemelianov are the winners of men’s paracanoeing kayak events.

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Top canoe sprint names deliver it again
The 2017 ECA Canoe Sprint European Championships and the 2017 ECA Paracanoeing European Championships have concluded with 500 and 200 metres events and altogether 17 A finals which brought much excitement to the spectators in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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Triple gold for Great Britain during the first day of ECA Paracanoeing European Championships

Plovdiv, Bulgaria, not only hosts the 2017 ECA Canoe Sprint European Championships but the 2017 ECA Paracanoeing European Championships as well. The first competition day already brought seven finals and success of British team. Jeanette Chippington, Emma Wiggs and Jonathan Young won gold medals and Charlotte Henshaw finished second.

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