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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

2018 ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup
June 23. - 24. 2018, Augsburg, GER
2018 ECA Canoe Polo Euro Cup
June 23. - 24. 2018, Mechelen, BEL
2018 ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup
June 26. - 27. 2018, Flattach, AUT
XVIII Mediterranean Games 2018 - ...
June 28. - 29. 2018, Tarragona, ESP
2018 ECA Junior&U23 Canoe Sprint ...
June 28. - July 1. 2018, Auronzo, ITA
2018 ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup
July 7. - 8. 2018, Solkan, SLO
2018 ECA Canoe Marathon European ...
July 5. - 8. 2018, Metković, CRO
2018 European Universities Games
July 21. - 23. 2018, Coimbra, POR
2018 ECA Junior&U23 Wildwater ...
August 2. - 5. 2018, Skopje, MKD
FISU World University Championships ...
August 10. - 12. 2018, Szolnok, HUN
2018 ECA Canoe Freestyle European ...
August 13. - 18. 2018, Bratislava, SVK
2018 ECA Wildwater Canoeing ...
August 18. 2018, Česke Budejovice, CZE
All competitions

NEWS

Documents – 2018 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships

We are less than a week away from the start of the 2018 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships in Auronzo di Cadore, Italy. Find all the available documents on our website (Documents – Sprint) or below.

 

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Bulletin No. 2 – 2018 ECA Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing European Championships
Bulletin No. 2 – 2018 ECA Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing European Championships

Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, will host the 2018 ECA Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing European Championships between 2nd and 5th August. Find the second bulletin of the championships here: https://canoe-europe.org/preview-file/eca_ww_bulletin2-1971.pdf

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Bulletin – Canoe Sprint Olympic Hopes, Poznan 2018
Bulletin – Canoe Sprint Olympic Hopes, Poznan 2018

We would like to inform you that the 2018 Olympic Hopes Canoe Sprint Regatta will be held in Poznan, Poland, between 14th and 16th September 2018.

 

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