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Paracanoe Programme seek paddlers for talent identification pathway

British Canoeing has today launched Paddle, Perform, Podium, an initiative looking for individuals with the belief and desire to join the Paracanoe Talent Pathway, with the aim of competing at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games and beyond.

Paracanoe Paddle Power Podium Launch Image

Whether you are currently a paddler or not, Paddle, Perform, Podium is looking to help develop the next generation of Paracanoe athletes and encourage more people with disabilities to take to the water.

Working with our two Paracanoe Talent Club Partnership clubs, Norwich Canoe Club and Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club, prospective Paracanoe paddlers can register their interest in getting involved in the sport, from which they can start to develop skills within our clubs, with the ultimate aim of becoming part of the World Class Programme.

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British Canoeing’s Paracanoe programme is looking to build on its continued success on an international level, having topped the medal table, with three gold and two bronze medals, in their Paralympic debut in Rio 2016 and every competition since.

With the eight-strong team gearing up to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games later this month, now has never been a more exciting time to get into paracanoe.

Roger Weir, Talent Inclusion Officer, said:

I am really excited to launch Paddle, Power Podium to identify future Paralympic athletes. Now is a really exciting time to join the Paracanoe Talent Pathway.

– Roger Weir, Talent Inclusion Officer

“As the Paralympic team heads out to Tokyo, we would like potential new athletes who believe they have what it takes to join the Paracanoe talent pathway and aim for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games and beyond.”

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.

To get involved, please fill in the form here and email to [email protected] 

If you would like to find out more about the paracanoe programme, please click here

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.

VL1: Athletes with no dynamic trunk function which is defined as not being able to sit upright on a bench with the legs hanging whilst the thighs and/or pelvis are secured and not moving the trunk in flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion.

VL2: Athletes are given a score depending on their trunk function and leg function. The VL2 class is for athletes who score lower on the trunk function test in classification but have a higher leg function score or, have a higher trunk test score and a lower leg function test score. This score is decided by the ICF classifiers.

VL3: Athletes with full dynamic trunk function or almost full dynamic trunk function