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
• Toronto 2015 Pan American / Parapan American
Upcoming Canoe Sprint events at WIFC:
• Ontario CanoeKayak Sprint Racing Association Team Trials
• Western Ontario Division Trials and Championships
• Ontario CanoeKayak Sprint Racing Association