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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

2020 ECA Open Senior Canoe Slalom ...
August 15. - 16. 2020, Ljubljana - Tacen, SLO
2020 ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup - ...
August 15. - 16. 2020, Roudnice, CZE | New date
15th Vohandu Canoe Marathon
September 5. 2020, Voru, EST
2020 ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup - ...
September 5. - 6. 2020, Krakow, POL | New date
2020 ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing ...
September 19. - 20. 2020, Skopje, MKD | New date!
2020 ECA Junior Wildwater Sprint ...
September 19. - 20. 2020, Skopje, MKD | New date!
2020 Olympic Hopes - canoe sprint
September 18. - 20. 2020, Szeged, HUN
2020 ECA Canoe Slalom European ...
September 18. - 20. 2020, Prague, CZE | NEW VENUE
2020 ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing ...
September 26. - 27. 2020, Banja Luka, BIH | New date!
2020 ECA Junior Wildwater Sprint ...
September 26. - 27. 2020, Banja Luka, BIH | New date!
2020 ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing ...
October 3. 2020, Kolpa River, SLO | New date!
2020 ECA Junior Wildwater Sprint ...
October 3. 2020, Kolpa River, SLO | New date!
All competitions

NEWS

Canoe Marathon Master competition at European Championships will not be held
Canoe Marathon Master competition at European Championships will not be held

We would like to inform all interested parties that this year the Master competition within the 2020 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships in Gyor, Hungary, will not be held. Thank you for understanding.

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ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing race in Czech Republic attracted athletes from 11 countries
ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing race in Czech Republic attracted athletes from 11 countries

The 2020 ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing European Cup series kicked off with a race in Česke Vrbne where more than 200 athletes in senior and over 100 paddlers in junior categories took part. Medallists from past European and World Championships were at the podium in Czech Republic.

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2020 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships moves to Gyor
2020 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships moves to Gyor

Good news came also for European Canoe Marathon paddlers. ECA’s Board of directors confirmed the organisation of the 2020 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships. The difference will be the location as it will be moved from Budapest to Gyor. The new date is now 1 - 4 October 2020.

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