Canoe

【Competition Venues:Sea Forest Waterway

  • Overview

    Canoe events at the Paralympic Games consist of the 200m sprint, with events separated into three classifications: KL1, KL2 and KL3, depending on the extent of impairment of trunk and leg function.

    paralympic canoe(Canoe-Regatta overseas delegation trial at Lake Fuchu (2015))

    Canoe-Regatta overseas delegation trial at Lake Fuchu (2015)

    Para-canoe has two disciplines: kayaking and Va'a (outrigger canoe) racing. For kayaking, alternate paddle (oar) strokes on either side of the canoe propel the canoe move forward. For Va'a racing, on the other hand, a lateral support float called “outrigger” is fastened to one side of a canoe, so that strokes on the other side propel the canoe forward.

    At the Rio Paralympic Games, men's and women's kayaking events (A, TA, LTA) will be held. At the Tokyo Paralympics, both kayaking and Va'a racing events are scheduled to be held.

    History

    Canoeing first became a recognised sport in the 19th century, with the first race being held in 1866 on the River Thames in England. At that time, clinker-built canoes made by pasting planks overlapping each other were used.
    Canoe will become an official sport for the first time at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

    Detail

    Sports Event

    (IPC Announcement, September4, 2017)

    MenWomen

    Event
    KL1
    KL2
    KL3
    VL2
    VL3
    KL1
    KL2
    KL3
    VL2
    Eligible impairment

    Limb deficiency (impairment of upper and/or lower limb function)
    Visual impairment
                                                  (As of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games)