The British Canoeing funded programmes incorporate Canoe Sprint, Canoe Slalom and Paracanoe. Each programme is set up as follows:
British Canoeing Podium Programme
The Podium Programme principally focuses on athletes delivering at the highest level and those athletes in contention for a Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic place. The programme is reviewed in October each year and athlete inclusion is based purely on athlete performance at the major Championships of the year in question (the Senior World Championships, Senior European Championships & Olympic/Paralympic Games). British Canoeing currently has a maximum of 23 places on its Podium Programme to accommodate Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom athletes. An additional 6 places are available on the Paracanoe Podium Programme. The number of athlete places available for the Tokyo cycle will be updated once funding is confirmed.
British Canoeing Podium Potential Programme
The Podium Potential programme has a key focus on developing young, talented athletes principally in the age range of 17-25 into the athletes of the future; hence the focus of the programme is on 2020 and beyond. The programme is reviewed in October each year and athlete inclusion is based on athlete performances at the major championships of the year in question (the Junior World/European Championships, U23 World/European Championships, Senior World Cups and Senior European/World Championships). British Canoeing has a maximum of 45 places on its Olympic Podium Potential Programme to accommodate Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom athletes, and 12 places on its Paralympic Podium Potential Programme. The number of athlete places available for the Tokyo cycle will be updated once funding is confirmed.
Inclusion on a British Canoeing programme is not just subject to achievement of minimum performances, but is also subject to acceptance of the CORE philosophy.