Flatwater Sprint Racing is one of the best-known competitive canoeing disciplines in Australia. This is probably due to its inclusion in the Olympic Games since 1936 and Australia’s involvement in All Olympics from the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Flatwater Racing is all about speed on flat water over distances of 200 metres, 500 metres and 1000 metres. The craft that have developed are sleek and fast but unstable.

2018/2019 Regatta Dates
Victorian Events

2018
9th September 2018        Winter Series race 6 – Nagambie Lakes
21st October 2018            Bendigo Cup – Bendigo
18th November 2018       Spring race 1 – Fairfield
2019
19th January 2019           Team Boat Camp – Venue TBC
17th February                 Victorian Sprint Championships – Nagambie Lakes
17th March 2019              Victorian School Championships 

National Events

7-9 December 2018 – Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 1            Venue: West Lakes, SA
8-10 February 2019- Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 2             Venue: Sydney International Regatta Centre, NSW
6-10 March 2019- Canoe Sprint National Championships Venue: Champion Lakes, WA

 

For more dates and further information, check out the Canoeing Victoria Calendar

Victorian clubs that do sprint paddling

Canoeing Victoria has many affiliated clubs who specialise in sprint paddling and have club coaches and boats available for their members to use when building their skills. For more information, contact the clubs directly. A list of clubs who support sprint paddling can be found here.

2018

Canoe Sprint National Championships VIC representatives:

6-10 March, Sydney, SIRC, NSW

Abraham Reka Ivanhoe Northcote Canoe C
Cameron Noah Fairfield
Clarke Brendan Ivanhoe Northcote Canoe C
Doyle Macgregor Fairfield
Dutton Logan Coaching Evolution
Galovic Monika Patterson Lakes
Garo Dean Patterson Lakes
Ilott Ashlee Bendigo
Jones Brianna Ivanhoe Northcote Canoe C
Lamb Maddie Barwon Heads
Mann Rebecca Coaching Evolution
O’Kelly-Kennedy Kathleen Patterson Lakes
Reynolds Amanda Victorian Sprint Paddlers
Scott Hannah Ivanhoe Northcote Canoe C
Spanner Seamus Barwon Heads
Tonkin Georgie Coaching Evolution
Wight Briely Geelong

Canoe Sprint Senior Selection VIC representatives:

4-5 March, Sydney, SIRC, NSW

Dutton Logan Coaching Evolution

Oceania Championships / Grand Prix 2 VIC representatives:

9-11 February, Sydney, SIRC, NSW

Abraham Reka Ivanhoe Northcote Canoe C
Beale Chelsea Coaching Evolution
Cameron Noah Fairfield
Doyle Macgregor Fairfield
Dutton Logan Coaching Evolution
Ilott Ashlee Bendigo
Jones Brianna Ivanhoe Northcote Canoe C
Mann Rebecca Coaching Evolution
Neilson Isabel Coaching Evolution
Reynolds Amanda Victorian Sprint Paddlers
Scott Hannah Ivanhoe Northcote Canoe C
Tonkin Georgie Coaching Evolution
Wakim Sabastian Fairfield

What is Canoe Sprint?

Canoe sprint takes place on a flatwater course and races are contested by two types of boat, canoe (C) and kayak (K). In a canoe, the paddler competes in a striding position using a single-blade paddle, in contrast to the double-bladed paddle used in a sitting position in a kayak. At international level the discipline is competed at four distances from 200m to 5000m, both individually and in teams of up to four. Each discipline is categorised by boat type, number of competitors per boat, gender, and race distance, meaning the example of C2M 500m is the canoe male doubles 500m.

Canoe sprint made its debut at the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936 with nine men’s events, with that number reduced to eight in London 12 years later to accommodate the first women’s race at the Games, the K1W 500m won by Denmark’s Karen Hoff. Canoe sprint has featured in every Games since, and the 2020 programme in Tokyo will consist of six men’s and six women’s events.

Things you need to know
  • Canoe Sprint is a race to the line on a flatwater course with international competition set over four distances: 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 meters.
  • Races are contested as individuals and teams with up to four athletes in a boat.
  • Both canoes and kayaks compete in the sprint discipline and are distinguished on the results sheet by their initial letter C and K followed by the number of competitors in the boat, the gender and then the distance. For example, K1M 200m is Kayak Men’s Singles over 200 meters.
  • In a kayak, the paddler is seated and uses a double-bladed paddle pulling the blade through the water on alternate sides to propel the boat forward.
  • In a canoe, the paddle has a single-blade and the athlete uses a striding position with one knee on the deck and the other foot forward allowing room to pull the paddle down their preferred side of the canoe.
  • In international competition races are split into nine lanes that are allocated randomly in the initial heats; subsequently lane positions are set by qualification time: five being the fastest to qualify, then six, four, three, two, seven, eight, one and nine.
  • The Olympic Games is an exception, with races comprising of eight athletes with the fastest two occupying lanes four and five after the initial preliminary shakeout.

Sprint Committee:

Chairperson:            Rowan Doyle           0418 397 033
Secretary:               Georgina Wakim      0438 803 989
Website Manager:     Reka Abraham        0432 684 249

For more information email Reka or Canoeing Victoria office by email or on (03) 9020 2750.

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