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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 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
2019 ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing ...
July 6. - 7. 2019, Piateda, ITA
All competitions

NEWS

Interviews - 2019 ECA Paracanoe European Championships

The 2019 ECA Paracanoe European Championships in Poznan, Poland, has concluded. Take  a look at short interviews with new European Champions Charlotte Henshaw and Serhii Yemelianov.

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Six medals for Great Britain on the second day of Paracanoeing European Championships
Six medals for Great Britain on the second day of Paracanoeing European Championships

The 2019 ECA Paracanoe European Championships in Poznan, Poland, concluded with six finals in women’s KL 200 metres and men’s VL 200 metres events. Great Britain once again showed their power winning six medals in hard and windy conditions. 

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Another European Champion title for Serhii Yemelianov
Another European Champion title for Serhii Yemelianov

The best European paracanoeists are gathered on the Malta Lake in Poznan, Poland, for the 2019 ECA Paracanoe European Championships which is taking place this Tuesday and Wednesday. During the first competition day we saw six finals. Ukrainian parakayaker Serhii Yemelianov defended his title from last year’s European Championships in Belgrade in men’s KL3 200 metres event.

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