Sports Summary

Para-canoe made its first appearance at the Paralympic Games at the 2016 Rio Games.

Para-canoe is open to athletes with a physical impairment and races are contested by two types of boat, kayak (K) and va’a (V). Races are individual events and are over a distance of 200 metres.

For more information on Para-Canoe Eligibility and How to Get Involved please see the Para-canoe Information Sheet (PDF – 85KB) – updated August 2021.

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

Para-canoe is open to athletes with a physical impairment. Athletes are required to submit medical reports and meet the minimum impairment criteria in order to compete. Eligibility is determined by trained Classifiers.

For more information on Eligible Impairments and Classification please see the Para-canoe Information Sheet (PDF – 85KB) – updated August 2021.

Medal History

YearGoldSilverBronzetotal
20202103
20161113

Contacts

We encourage those wishing to explore Para-canoe to contact their state federation in the first instance. The national federation link below provides information on the national high performance program leading to competing internationally and at the Paralympic Games.

National Federation
OrganisationWebsite
Paddle Australiapaddle.org.au
State Federations
StateOrganisationWebsite
NSWPaddle NSWpaddlensw.org.au
QLDPaddle QLDqld.paddle.org.au
SAPaddle SAsa.paddle.org.au
TASPaddle TAStas.paddle.org.au
VICPaddle VICvic.paddle.org.au
WAPaddle WApaddlewa.asn.au