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Paracanoe programme seek fresh talent – New Year, New Opportunity!

British Canoeing is looking for paddlers with the belief and desire to join their world leading Paralympic programme, as they turn their focus to Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

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There are now nine events Paracanoe events going into Tokyo 2020, following the introduction of three new Va’a events ahead of the next Paralympic Games. 

The New Year presents a fantastic opportunity to take your racing to the next level in new Paralympic events going into the next games being held in Japan. With VL2 and VL3 men, and VL2 women being selected, the next three months is the perfect chance to join British Canoeing’s world leading programme.

British Canoeing are looking for athletes in all events, but with a particular focus on:

  • VL2 Men and Women
  • VL3 Men
  • KL1 Men and Women
  • KL2 Men
  • KL3 Women

With 2017 being another hugely successful year for the British Canoeing Paracanoe programme, with British athletes achieving 14 medals across the European Championships and World Championships this summer.

Whether you are already a paddler and want to race at an international standard or perhaps you know someone who might have the potential to make a great paddler, then British Canoeing wants to hear from you.

Steve Train, who heads up the talent identification for British Canoeing’s Paracanoe Programme, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to work with a really talented team of athletes and coaches at our high performance centre.

“We are looking for applicants who may have paddled before and also those who haven’t but have the right attributes to develop into a world-class athlete.

“The classification for our KL3 paddlers for example is such that some current paddlers may not realise they qualify for our programme.”

British Canoeing are still looking for athletes with Tokyo 2020 in mind, so over the next three months there has never been a more exciting time to join the paracanoe programme. If you want to get involved, please contact Steve Train on paracanoe@britishcanoeing.org.uk

To find out more about the paracanoe programme, please click here: https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/olympic-paralympic/paracanoe-intro/

About the ICF Paracanoe classifications:

• KL1: Athletes with no or very limited trunk function and no leg function and typically need a special seat with high backrest in the kayak.

• KL2: Athletes with partial trunk and leg function, able to sit upright in the kayak but might need a special backrest, limited leg movement during paddling. 

• KL3: Athletes with trunk function and partial leg function, able to sit with trunk in forward flexed position in the kayak and able to use at least one leg/prosthesis.