ECA History

The beginnings of ECA

Although the International Canoe Federation ICF was formed in 1924 and canoeing as a sport appeared for first time at Olympic Games 1936 in Berlin, the European Canoe Association ECA was founded in 1993.

This happened on May 1993 in Rome, where delegations representing European Canoe Federations met together. On this meeting first statutes were approved, as well as the first officers were elected. The President became Albert Woods from the UK, Vice-Presidents became Corneliu Barsanescu from Romania and Jorn Cronberg from Denmark and Francesco Conforti was elected as a Secretary General.

The reason for relatively late estabilishment of ECA is due to the fact that in the past the International Canoe Federation organized also the European Championships.

The first championship ever organized by the ICF was an European Championships, which was held in 1933 in Prague. The program consisted of flatwater disciplines. Even if later a lot of World CHampionships followed, the ICF organized also European Flatwater Championships, which were held in Copenhagen (1934), Duisburg (1936), Gent (1957), Duisburg (1959), Poznan (1961), Jajce (1963), Snagov (1965), Duisburg (1967) and Moscow (1969). Despite flatwater disciplines, the ICF organized also European Championships in canoe sailing.

In the period 1957 – 1969 European Sprint Championships were organized in the even years, between the world championships. Starting from 1970 the World Championships are organized every year and so there was no place for European Championships under the auspicies of ICF.

It took some time, but the revival of European Championships finally happened 1993 in Rome. The first European Sprint Championships organized by ECA was held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1997. Despite the extremely hot weather, when the temperature climbed to 38 oC, this turned out to be a success and since then ECA is organizing regular European Championships in every canoe discipline.

Europe Canoe Events

2016 ECA Competitions

European Canoe Slalom Seniors Championships
May 12 - 15, 2016
Liptovsky Mikulas, SVK

European Canoe Freestyle Championships
May 25 - 29, 2016                    Plattling, GER

European Canoe Sprint Seniors Championships
June 24 - 26, 2016
Moscow, RUS

European Canoe Marathon Championships
July 1 - 3, 2016
Pontevedra, ESP

European Canoe Sprint Juniors & U23 Championships
July 14 - 17, 2016
Plovdiv, BUL

Eca Junior Wildwater Championships
July 20 - 24, 2016
Predlitz Mur, AUT

European Canoe Slalom Juniors & U23 Championships
August 25 - 28, 2016
Solkan, SLO

European Canoe Ocean Racing Championships
September 20-25, 2016
Cagliari - Sardegnia, ITA

ECA Paracanoe Championships information
June 24 - 26, 2016
Moscow, RUS

Classification for Paracanoe European Championships 2016

ECA Canoe Polo Cup
Juni 25 - 26, 2016
Mechelen, BEL

ECA Canoe Polo Cup
July 15 - 17, 2016
Thury, FRA

Eurochallenge - Euro Cup 1
April 29 - May 01, 2016
Spain (ESP)

Nello Summer Challenge - Euro Cup 2
July 08 - 10, 2016

European Club Championship Canoe Polo 2016
September 30, 2016,                Spain






IV International Congress of Coaches on Sprint Canoeing, Catoria 14-16 October 2016.

ECA Junior Slalom Cup


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