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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.
 
All information about the classificatiton in the season 2017 can be found here. 

ECA Competitions

2018 Wildwater Sprint Canoeing ...
April 7. - 8. 2018, Skopje, MKD
2018 ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing ...
April 14. - 15. 2018, Kolpa River, SLO
2018 ECA Wildwater Sprint Canoeing ...
April 21. - 22. 2018, Banja Luka, BIH
2018 ECA Canoe Polo Euro Cup
May 12. - 13. 2018, Milan, ITA
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 Canoe Polo Euro Cup
June 23. - 24. 2018, Mechelen, BEL
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 Canoe Marathon European ...
July 5. - 8. 2018, Metković, CRO
2018 ECA Junior&U23 Wildwater ...
August 2. - 5. 2018, Skopje, MKD
FISU World University Championships ...
August 10. - 12. 2018, Szolnok, HUN
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NEWS

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Czech Canoe Union awarded the best paddlers of the season 2017 which was very successful for the Czech team in both Olympic disciplines - Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint - as well as in Wildwater Canoeing. With many medals won at the European and World Championships the decision who has been the best athlete of the year was not easy, but at the end it was canoe slalom World Champion Ondřej Tunka who received an award for the best athlete of the year.

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2018 ECA Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing European Championships
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Skopje, the capital city of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, will host the 2018 ECA Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing European Championships. The competitions will be held this August on Treska River in the picturesque Matka Canyon.

Bulletin of the championships is available on our website:

https://canoe-europe.org/preview-file/eca_juniorww_bulletin1_mkd-1425.pdf

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