Sports Summary

Para-canoe was added to the Paralympic Program in 2010 by the International Paralympic Committee. The sport will make its first appearance at the Paralympic Games at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Para-canoeing it is exactly like regular canoeing and it gives people with various physical challenges the opportunity to enjoy the sport at all levels: club, regional, national and international. There are many subcategories of the event given the degree of the competitor’s impairment and it is likely that all of these categories will be added to the Games selection.

Links

Australian Canoe

International Canoe Federation

International Paralympic Committee

Events & Disciplines

Only Kayak events will be included in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, however international competition exists in Kayak and Va’a events:
Mens:
K-1 & V1 200 Metre (KL1)
K-1 & V1 200 Metre (KL2)
K-1 & V1 200 Metre (KL3)

Womens:
K-1 & V-1 200 Metre (KL1)
K-1  & V-1 200 Metre (KL2)
K-1 & V-1 200 Metre (KL3)

Classification

Who is eligible for Para-canoe? Athletes with a physical impairment (such as spinal or nerve injury, limb deficiency or other similar impairment that impacts upon muscle power or range of motion). Athletes must lose a minimum of 4 points on one lower limb to be eligible for a Kayak class.

What are the classes? Athletes are classified into classes depending on their functional ability, KL1, KL2 and KL3.

APC Classification Information Sheet – Para-canoe

Rules & Equipment

Rules and regulations available at: canoeicf.com/icf/Aboutoursport/Paracanoe

Dylan Littlehales

Dylan Littlehales

Canoe

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Curtis McGrath

Curtis McGrath

Canoe

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Jocelyn Neumuller

Jocelyn Neumuller

Canoe

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Amanda Reynolds

Amanda Reynolds

Canoe

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Susan Seipel

Susan Seipel

Canoe

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Colin Sieders

Colin Sieders

Canoe

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Meet the 2016 Paralympic canoe Team

For further information about this sport and how to get involved please contact the National or your State Federation below

Australian Canoeing
canoe.org.au

Canoe South Australia
sa.canoe.org.au

Canoe Tasmania
tas.canoe.org.au

Paddle New South Wales
paddlensw.org.au

Queensland Canoeing
qld.canoe.org.au

Canoeing Victoria
vic.canoe.org.au

Canoeing Western Australia
wa.canoe.org.au