Also known as canoe sprint, flatwater canoe racing is an extremely specialized
sport. Paddlers kneel on one knee and only paddle on one side to maintain a straight
course. A one-person racing canoe measures 5.2 m (17 ft) and is designed for
speed on a calm surface. Flatwater canoeing has been an Olympic sport since 1936. World championships
are held annually.
Flatwater kayak racing is an extremely fast sport requiring paddlers to have a good level of expertise. Racing kayaks (also known as sprint boats) are
lightweight and can be up to 6.2 m (20 ft) in length – with narrow beams built
for speed. Flatwater kayaking has been an Olympic sport since 1936. Flatwater kayak racing hosted at WIFC can include K1, K2 and K4 races.
Courses for men and women cover 200 m, 500m, and 1000m.
Notable Canoe Sprint events taken place at the WIFC:
2013 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships
Upcoming Canoe Sprint events at WIFC in 2015:
• Ontario CanoeKayak Sprint Racing Association Team Trials
Toronto 2015 Pan American / Parapan American
• Balmy Beach
• Western Ontario Division Trials and Championships
• Ontario CanoeKayak Sprint Racing Association Fallapalooza Camp