Adaptive Paddling/Paracanoe

Kayaking is so varied that there is literally something for everyone. Paddling allows family and friends to experience exercise and challenge that is therapeutic for both mind and body. More importantly, canoeing is pleasurable and fun! Together, able bodied and adaptive paddlers can share all aspects of the sport.

Head to THIS LINK for Paddle Australia resources on Paracanoe, Classification, National Athletes and more.

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Paracanoeist Dylan Littlehales sprinting in Australian team singlet

NSW athlete Dylan Littlehales representing Australia in paracanoe. 

Paracanoe began as an initiative by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) to allow athletes with an impairment to compete in the sport. The discipline featured with exhibition status under the name paddleability at the 2009 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Dartmouth, NS, Canada, and was given official status as paracanoe at the following year’s edition in Poznan, Poland. Later in 2010, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced at a meeting in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China, that paracanoe would make its debut at the Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2022, paracanoe will make its debut at the Paddle Australia Canoe Marathon Championships. More information coming shortly.

Individuals are categorised into one of three different classes within the disciplines of Kayak (K) and Va’a (V)

Paddle Australia classification information is located HERE.

Visual Guide to classification HERE (downloadable poster).

Exercise for Disability eBook (ESSA – Exercise & Sports Science Australia)

Adaptive Paddling/Paracanoe News