What is Canoe Sprint?

What is Canoe Sprint?

Canoe Sprint is all about speed on flatwater courses over short distances, usually 200 metres, 500 metres and 1000 metres, with 5000m events often featured at international regattas.

Races are contested in 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 a kayak, the paddler uses a double-bladed paddle in a sitting position. The canoes and kayaks used are sleek and unstable and carry 1,2 or 4 paddlers.

Each discipline is categorised by gender, boat type, number of competitors per boat and race distance, for example a ‘WK2 Open 500m’ race is the Women’s double kayak 500m event.

Canoe Sprint courses are split into eight or nine lanes with paddlers assigned to a lane for their event. Paddlers may be required to compete in Heats, Semi-Finals and Finals, depending upon the number of paddlers competing. Progressions are based on finish positions and times. Starts may be floating, pontoon or gates.

Paracanoe

Paracanoe is open to paddlers with disabilities. Paddlers race in two types of boat – kayak (K) or Va’a (V). A Va’a is an outrigger canoe which has an ama (second pontoon) as a support float. All boats can be modified to suit the paddlers individual requirements. Paracanoe events are part of the program at Victorian and National Sprint regattas.

At International level paddlers are categorised by gender, boat type and level of physical impairment (KL1, KL2, KL3, V1, V2, V3). All races are individual events over 200m.

Paddle Victoria Sprint has a Va’a available for use by any Victorian paracanoe athlete requiring access to a suitable sprint boat for training and/or racing. Please any enquiries please contact Paddle Victoria Sprint.

Olympics & Paralympics 

Canoe Sprint is one of the best-known competitive canoeing disciplines in Australia due in part to its inclusion in the Olympic Games. It has been an Olympic sport since Berlin in 1936 when nine men’s events were held. The first women’s events were introduced in London 12 years later, with Denmark’s Karen Hoff winning the WK1 500m. Australia has been involved since the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. The Tokyo Olympics in 2020 included six men’s and six women’s events.

Canoe Sprint was introduced to the Paralympics during the 2016 Rio games with paddlers competing in kayak (K) events. Canoe events were then added to the program during Tokyo 2020 with athletes paddling a Va’a (V).

Calendar & registrations

2024 RACE CALENDAR

20-21 January – NSW State Championships, SIRC, Penrith NSW – Results

16-18 February – Oceania Canoe Sprint Championships and PA GP2, SIRC, Penrith, NSW – Results

24 February – Paddle Victoria Sprint State Championships, Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre – Results

6-10 March – Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships, SIRC, Penrith, NSW – Results

17 March – Paddle Victoria School State Championships, Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre – Results

16 November – Short Course Marathon Championships & Bendigo Friendly Sprints, Bendigo – Info coming soon

2025 RACE CALENDAR

Coming Soon

Getting Started

Paddle Victoria Sprint Clubs

Paddle 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 and their contact information can be found here.

Contact Us

Paddle Victoria Sprint can be contacted via paddlevic.sprint@gmail.com

Results

2024 Results

20-21 January – NSW State Championships, SIRC, Penrith NSW – Results

16-18 February – Oceania Canoe Sprint Championships and PA GP2, SIRC, Penrith, NSW – Results

24 February – Paddle Victoria Sprint Championships, Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre – Results

6-10 March – Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships, SIRC, Penrith, NSW – Results

17 March – Paddle Victoria School Marathon & Sprint Championships, Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre – Results

2023 Results

28 January – Paddle Victoria Sprint Championships, Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre – Results

17-19 February – Paddle Australia GP2, SIRC, Penrith, NSW – Results

5 March – Paddle Victoria School Marathon & Sprint Championships, Bendigo – Results & Results

21-25 March – Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships, Champions Lakes, Perth – Results

2022 Results

29-30 January – Paddle Victoria Sprint Championships, Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre – Results

16-20 February – Paddle Australia GP2, SIRC, Penrith, NSW – Results

20 March – Paddle Victoria School Marathon & Sprint Championships, Bendigo – Results

18-22 May – Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships, West Lakes, SA – Results

9-11 December – Paddle Australia GP1, West Lakes, SA – Results

2021 Results

16 January – Sprint Development Camp, Essendon Results

30-31 January – Paddle Victoria Sprint Championships, Nagambie – Results

5 March – Paddle Victoria Paddle School Twilight Sprints, Studley Park Boathouse – Results

14 March – Paddle Victoria School Marathon & Sprint Championships, Nagambie – Results

2020 Results

19 January – Paddle Victoria Sprint Championships, Nagambie – Results

15 March – Paddle Victoria School Marathon & Sprint Championships, Nagambie – No results available

13 December – Geelong Sprint Regatta, Geelong – Results

2019 Results

17 February – Paddle Victoria Sprint Championships, Nagambie – Results

17 March – Paddle Victoria School Marathon & Sprint Championships, Nagambie – Results

2018 Results

18 February – Paddle Victoria Sprint Championships, Nagambie – Results

Sprint Spring Regatta #1 – Results

Officials & Volunteers

Officials and volunteers are essential to the safe and efficient running of Canoe Sprint regattas.

If you’re interested in volunteering please email us on paddlevic.sprint@gmail.com

Officiating offers a pathway from State events to National and International events, and even to the Olympics and Paralympics!

Training 

Our friends over at PV Marathon have prepared some great training videos to assist with volunteering at Flatwater Events, the following 2 clips in particular apply to Sprint Events:

Scrutineers & Raft Marshals

Safety Boat Driver & Crew

To find out more about becoming an official please go to Paddle Australia’s  Officiating Handbook

Fundraiser

Wine and Candle Fundraiser
All funds raised through this amazing opportunity go towards Sprint athletes’ travel support for National and/or Internation competitions.
Paddle Victoria Sprint has selected some awesome wines – now available online.
Order here:

Merchandise

Paddle Victoria Sprint Merchandise will be available soon, keep an eye on this space for more information.

Victorian Sprint Team

2024 VICTORIAN SPRINT TEAM 

Congratulations to the following athletes who made the 2024 Victorian Canoe Sprint Team

  • Abby Osborne (INCC)
  • Adam Holovics (Mercantile)
  • Aidan Han (FCC)
  • Ananya Rana Parmar (FCC)
  • Anthea Tan (FCC)
  • Axel Tan (FCC)
  • Blythe Osborne (INCC)
  • Bradley Buissink (FCC)
  • Caleb Gray (MP Paddlers)
  • Chris Burns (INCC)
  • Daphne Bradley (Goldfields)
  • Dean Garo (PLCC)
  • Elizaberth Lee (INCC)
  • Elyshia Isaac (BCC)
  • Em Harrison (INCC)
  • Emma Corrin (CBCC)
  • Ethan Yang (FCC)
  • Hui Wen Chan (INCC)
  • Jack Corrin (CBCC)
  • Jai Barrand (MP Paddlers)
  • Jessie Yu (INCC)
  • Jon Ford (MP Paddlers)
  • Lachlan Robinson (MP Paddlers)
  • Liam Higgins (MP Paddlers)
  • Lucy McKenzie (INCC)
  • Max Alekna (MP Paddlers)
  • Maya Murphy (BCC)
  • Mia Horskins (FCC)
  • Mia Wall (INCC)
  • Mikail Basak (FCC)
  • Myles Irwin (MP Paddlers)
  • Nick Ford (MP Paddlers)
  • Olivia Ma (INCC)
  • Oscar Skehan (MP Paddlers)
  • Paul Kristian (Footscray)
  • Rebecca Mann (Mercantile)
  • Rory Lantz (PLCC)
  • Sebastian Carter (BCC)
  • Serena Lee (INCC)
  • Sophie Hughes (BCC)
  • Thomas Russell (Geelong)
  • Tom Ladson (FCC)
  • Tobias Sexton (BCC)
  • Tyson Buissink (FCC)
  • Warren Cahill (MP Paddlers)
  • Yuxin Yang (FCC)