Competitors sprint over 200m in a kayak and much like its Olympic counterpart, para-canoeing is a race in lanes to make it to the finish line first.
There are currently six different events (three for men and three for women) and this has the potential to increase to include the Va’a (outrigger canoe) events as the sport develops further.
The Paralympic para-canoe classification of impairments was restructured in February 2015, as a result of a two and one half year study by the ICF. In Paralympic kayak competition (K1), there are three classes for both men and women based on an athlete’s functional ability to paddle and apply force to the foot board or seat in order to propel the canoe.
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.
24 August 2018
Lucky number seven for Wiggs at World Championships
23 August 2018
Chippington adds bronze to impressive GB Paracanoe haul
22 August 2018
Henshaw strikes gold at Paracanoe World Championships
21 August 2018
Henshaw's bronze caps promising first day at Para-canoe World Championships
19 August 2018
Wiggs ready to double up at Paracanoe World Championships
12 August 2018