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

2017 ECA Competitions

ECA Canoe Wildwater Championships
May 11 - 14, 2017
Skopje, MKD

ECA Canoe Slalom Championships
May 31 - June 4, 2017
Tacen, SLO

ECA Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint Championships
June 22 - 25, 2017
Belgrade, SRB

ECA Canoe Marathon Championships
June 30 - July 2, 2017
Ponte de Lima, POR

ECA Dragonboat & Club Championships
July 6 - 9, 2017
Szeged, HUN

ECA Canoe Sprint Championships
July 14 - 16, 2017
Plovdiv, BUL

ECA Junior & U23 Canoe Slalom Championships
August 16 - 20, 2017
Hohenlimburg, GER

ECA Canoe Polo Championships
August 23 - 27, 2017
Saint Omer, FRA

ECA Canoe Slalom Championships May 31 - June 4, 2017 Tacen

ECA Junior Slalom Cup


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