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Paracanoeing

Paracanoeing

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.


Equipment

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.


ECA Competitions

2019 ECA Paracanoe European ...
May 21. - 22. 2019, Poznan, POL
2019 ECA Junior Wildwater Canoeing ...
May 25. - 26. 2019, Ticino, SUI
2019 International Brandenburg Cup ...
May 24. - 26. 2019, Brandenburg an der Havel, GER
2019 ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing ...
June 1. - 2. 2019, La Seu d'Urgell, ESP
2019 ECA Canoe Slalom European ...
May 30. - June 2. 2019, Pau, FRA
2019 ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup
June 8. - 9. 2019, Krakow, POL
2019 ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup
June 15. - 16. 2019, Valstagna, ITA
2019 ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup
June 22. - 23. 2019, Solkan, SLO
2019 ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup
June 25. - 26. 2019, Flattach, AUT
European Games - Canoe Sprint
June 25. - 27. 2019, Minsk, BLR
2019 ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup
June 29. - 30. 2019, Augsburg, GER
2019 ECA Canoe Polo Cup I
June 28. - 30. 2019, Mechelen, BEL
All competitions

NEWS

RESULTS - 2019 ECA Paracanoe European Championships
Dear Canoeing friends, the wait is over. The 2019 ECA Paracanoe European Championships in Poznan, Poland, is here. The first race of the championships will start on Tuesday at 10:00. Follow the results here: 
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Paracanoeists in Poznan for European Champion titles
Paracanoeists in Poznan for European Champion titles

Canoeing season 2019 is well underway. The 2019 ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Championships has just concluded, and we are already ahead of the 2019 ECA Paracanoe European Championships which will be held in Poznan, Poland, this Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Even broken ribs did not stop Nejc Žnidarčič to win another European Champion title
Even broken ribs did not stop Nejc Žnidarčič to win another European Champion title

The 2019 ECA Wildwater Canoeing European Championships in Bovec, Slovenia, concluded with individual and team sprint events. Local wildwater canoeing star Nejc Žnidarčič claimed European Champion title in men’s kayak final despite the injury. Mathilde Rosa (ITA), Tony Debray (FRA), Cecilia Panato (ITA) and Tony Debray – Louis Lapointe (FRA) also won European Champion titles in sprint.

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