Paracanoe

Try out ParaCanoe

Please read the following information below and if interested join us to try out paracanoe (kayaks and/or outrigger canoes).

Date: Saturday June 16th
Time: 11 am – 1pm
Cost: FREE
Register: email us: Calgarycanoeclubinfo@gmail.com  by June 10th to let us know you are interested and we’ll cover off the details.

What is Paracanoe?

Paracanoe is the sport of paddling for people with physical disabilities. This includes athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and Cerebral Palsy among others. Paddlers are ‘classified’ according their level of disability and compete against those in the similar classification.

There are two main disciplines to canoe, the outrigger canoe and the sprint kayak.

Para athletes may participate in sport at many different levels starting with a fun introduction at a recreation level and progressing to the International level with the IVF World Sprints, held every two years and the Paralympic Games, which follow the Summer Olympic Games every 4 years.

There are currently 28 sports in the Paralympic Program, including paracanoe, which makes it’s debut at the 2016 Games in Rio, Brazil.

Paddlers will compete in the 200m sprint kayak discipline.

The discipline of canoe (or va’a) is also a discipline of paracanoe. Currently the canoe is raced international at the IVF World Sprint Championships.

Along with the kayak discipline, paracanoe has also added the V1 canoe discipline as a new event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Trinity Tratch, 18, was named to Canada’s Paracanoe National Team in 2017. A double leg amputee from birth, Trinity has his sights set on representing Canada at the 2020 Paralympics Game. His focus for 2018 will be to qualify and compete at the ICF Paracanoe World Championships.

What We Offer

We are into the third full year of our Paracanoe program, which has been generously supported by a joint funding program on behalf of Sport Canada and the Alberta Sport Support Program.

Our purpose is to create awareness of the program and recruit paddlers, both youth and adult, to experience the sport of paddling. If this is something you feel you may enjoy and are keen to pursue we welcome you to join the Club and train with our current paddlers in the canoe/kayak disciplines.

Getting Started

Contact us via email if you are interested in learning more or setting up a time to come visit us and experience paddling. We feel the outrigger canoe is a great place to start as it is a large and stable boat (6 or 12 person).

We can discuss your disability and plan on how best we could adapt both equipment and technique to get you out paddling.

We are confident we can integrate adaptive paddlers into our existing programs for youth kayaking and adult outrigger canoes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a time to try it out and see if this sport is for you.

Kyle Riva, an adult para-paddler, para-cyclist and beard grower/enthusiast, competed in Outrigger Worlds 2016 in Australia. Kyle uses a custom designed double bladed canoe paddle for his one man outrigger canoe.

Where we’re at with our para program and paddlers

Trinity Tratch – Member of Canada’s Paracanoe Team

2017 Highlights:

  • Represented Canada at World Cups #2 and #3 in Hungary and Croatia
  • Raced KLT3 at World Cups, National Championships and Pan Am Championship in Ecuador.
  • National Championship, 2nd Place in KLT3 Category
  • Pan Am Championships 4rd place KLT3 Category, 2nd VLT2 Category Trinity was featured in Calgary Herald in February: Rising athlete on podium with help of War Amps program.

Our outrigger para paddlers continue to train and are focused on competing at the 2017 Canoe/Kayak National Championships to race in both the canoe and kayak discipline.

Our goal is to continue to develop our paracanoe team focusing on the V1 and V6 disciplines leading up to the 2020 IVF World Sprint Championships in Hilo, Hawaii.