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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

2018 ECA Canoe Slalom European ...
June 1. - 3. 2018, Prague, CZE
2018 ECA Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe ...
June 8. - 10. 2018, Belgrade, SRB
2018 ECA Junior Canoe Slalom Cup
June 16. - 17. 2018, Valstagna, ITA
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
All competitions


One week and European Championships in Prague will be officially opened

We are only one week away from the opening ceremony of the 2018 ECA Canoe Slalom European Championships in Prague. The Championships will open on Wednesday, but first competitions will be held on Friday when heats in all categories will be organised (C2M, C1W, K1M, K1W, C1M). On Satuday we will see individual semifinals and finals as well as team events in C2M, C1W and K1M, while on Sunday championships will close with individual semifinals and finals and team events in K1W and C1M.

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European canoe sprinters opened World Cup series with excellent results
European canoe sprinters opened World Cup series with excellent results

Hungarian canoe sprint capital Szeged hosted the first World Cup race of the season this weekend. Europe remains the strongest canoe sprint as well as paracanoeing continent. In 27 canoe sprint A finals and paracanoeing finals that were held over the four competition days European paddlers won most of the medals. The most successful nation of the weekend was Hungary whose athletes had loud support from the stands. Hungary concluded the World Cup event with four gold, eight silver and twelve bronze medals. Spain also won four gold medals and in addition to this also two silver and two bronze medals. The top three nations of the weekend in terms of medals won by their athletes rounds up New Zealand with four gold medals and one silver medal.   

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