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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 Olympic Hopes - Canoe Slalom
October 24. - 25. 2020, Krakow, POL
CANCELLED - 2020 ECA Junior&U23 ...
November 4. - 7. 2020, Solkan, SLO | CANCELLED
2021 ECA Ocean Racing European ...
January 1. 2021, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, FRA
2021 ECA Canoe Polo European ...
January 1. 2021, Burriana, ESP
2021 ECA Canoe Freestyle European ...
January 1. 2021, Vaires Sur Marne, FRA
2021 ECA Dragon Boat Nations and ...
January 1. 2021, Zagreb, CRO
2021 ECA Canoe Slalom European ...
May 7. - 9. 2021, Ivrea, ITA
2021 ECA Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe ...
June 3. - 6. 2021, Duisburg, GER
2021 ECA Junior&U23 Canoe Sprint ...
June 24. - 27. 2021, Poznan, POL
2021 ECA Canoe Marathon Masters ...
July 5. - 6. 2021, Moscow, RUS
2021 ECA Canoe Marathon European ...
July 8. - 11. 2021, Moscow, RUS
2021 ECA Wildwater Canoeing ...
August 12. - 15. 2021, Sabero, ESP
All competitions

NEWS

2020 ECA Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing European Championships CANCELLED
2020 ECA Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing European Championships CANCELLED

The European Canoe Association and Canoe Federation of Slovenia in accordance with the local organiser of the 2020 ECA Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing European Championship in Solkan, Slovenia, (4-11 November) regretfully announce the cancellation of the competition.

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Award for ECA vice-president Miroslav Haviar
Award for ECA vice-president Miroslav Haviar

Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee awarded sportsmen and women and sports officials for their contribution to the Olympic movement and sport as well for their sporting success. ECA vice-president Miroslav Haviar received a golden badge award for outstanding contributions to the Olympic movement and sport. He was not the only recipient of the award from canoeing world though.

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Second European Champion title of the weekend for Elena Apel
Second European Champion title of the weekend for Elena Apel

The 2020 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom European Championships in Krakow has come to an end with women's canoe and men's kayak finals. The star of the weekend was definitely German Elena Apel, who won her second U23 European Champion title in canoe event, after she was the best also in Saturday's kayak final.

 

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