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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.


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 Wildwater Sprint Canoeing ...
October 3. 2020, Kolpa River, SLO | New date!
2020 ECA Junior Wildwater Sprint ...
October 3. 2020, Kolpa River, SLO | New date!
CANCELLED - 2020 ECA Canoe Marathon ...
October 1. - 4. 2020, Gyor, HUN | CANCELLED
CANCELLED - 2020 ECA Canoe Polo ...
October 3. - 4. 2020, Saint-Omer, FRA | CANCELLED
2020 ECA Junior&U23 Canoe Slalom ...
October 1. - 4. 2020, Krakow, POL | new date
CANCELLED - 2020 ECA Canoe Sprint ...
October 15. - 18. 2020, Bascov, ROU | CANCELLED
2020 Olympic Hopes - Canoe Slalom
October 24. - 25. 2020, Krakow, POL
2020 ECA Junior&U23 Wildwater ...
November 4. - 7. 2020, Solkan, SLO | new date
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 Marathon European ...
January 1. 2021, Moscow, RUS
2021 ECA Canoe Freestyle European ...
January 1. 2021, Vaires Sur Marne, FRA
All competitions


TRAINING SCHEDULE - 2020 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom European Championships, Krakow, Poland

The 2020 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom European Championhsips will take place in Krakow, Poland, from 1 - 4 October 2020. Find the training schedule HERE.


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VIDEO – 2020 ECA Canoe Slalom European Championships
Friday, 18/9/2020

Enjoy the replay of the 2020 ECA Canoe Slalom European Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Thomas Bach, IOC president, visited canoe slalom course in Ljubljana – Tacen
Thomas Bach, IOC president, visited canoe slalom course in Ljubljana – Tacen

The well known canoe slalom course in Ljubljana – Tacen, which hosted European Championships in 2005 and 2017 as well as three editions of World Championships, had a VIP guest yesterday. Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, was in Ljubljana and he visited training of Slovenian National Canoe Slalom team. After that he met Olympic candidates from different sports who also came to Tacen to meet Thomas Bach.

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