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 – 96KB) – updated May 2024.


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

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
2020 2 1 0 3
2016 1 1 1 3


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
Organisation Website
Paddle Australia
State Federations
State Organisation Website
NSW Paddle NSW
QLD Paddle QLD
SA Paddle SA
TAS Paddle TAS
VIC Paddle VIC
WA Paddle WA