Canoe Sprint is a fast paced discipline, demanding balance, technique, strength and endurance. It sees athletes compete head to head with each other on a regatta course.
Teams or individuals normally compete over 200m, 500m, 1000m and 5000m in either Kayak (K) or Canoe (C) with the winning boat being the first to cross the finish line.
It is one of only two Olympic Canoeing Disciplines.
The classes include Male and Female Kayaks K1, K2 and K4 and Canoes C1, C2 and C4. The number of paddlers within a boat is indicated by the figure beside the type of boat: K1 and C1 signifies an individual Kayak or Canoe race, K2 and C2 signifies a Kayak pair and Canoe pair race and K4 and C4 signifies a Kayak quartet and Canoe quartet race.
CANI run a Performance Programme within Canoe Sprint for athletes who have progressed through the CANI Club Talent ID Process, CANI Talent ID Academies or Junior Blader Programmes. These programmes are aligned to the CANI Performance Athlete Pathway and are designed to enable talented Northern Irish athletes to enter the British Canoeing World Class Programmes or Canoeing Ireland High Performance Programmes and go on to win medals at World and Olympic Level.
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