Category Archives: International

  Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe International Panel Statement – 9.4.2021

The Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe IP statement follows the previous statements of 12th February and 30th March and provides very important updates to the policy published in December 2020.

The covid-19 situation in Europe continues to increase uncertainty over the appropriateness and ability to attend early season International events if they go ahead at all. The IP continue to monitor the prevailing risks and landscape for competition and are grateful to the DCMS exemption which provides very strict criteria that if met is the only way that would currently permit a GBR team to attend International competition. The IP wish to provide updates on the April Regatta, the European qualifier and World Cup 1 selection, plus the Junior and U23 selection.

The full statement can be found on the link below.

    icon_pdf  Final Sprint and Paracanoe IP statement 9th April 2021

  International Panel Statement – 12 February 2021

The International Panel (IP) released a statement on 12 February 2021 as an update to the selection policies for 2021 international events that was issued in December 2020. The updates relate to the revised approach for selection for international events given the likely continuation of the disruption to the selection programme by the Covid-19 pandemic for at least the early part of the season.

An important element mentioned in the statement is the need for Senior and Paracanoe athletes to register their interest in the selection process by 28th February 2021. Full details of the revised selection policies and links to the registration process are contained in the IP statement, available on the link below.

    icon_pdf  IP Statement 12 February 2021

  International Team Travel and Anti-Doping Rules

The BC Board has approved new Covid-aware protocols for International Team Travel. See the two links below for details.

   Covid Policy Position for International Events (Download)

   Covid-19 Travel decision-making process (Download)

On 1 January 2021 a new version of the World Anti-Doping Code will come into effect. The Code is an essential document which harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations around the globe and impacts all athletes, coaches and sports organisations. As a result UK Anti-Doping, the ICF and British Canoeing have al updated their ant-doping rules to align with the new code. The links below will display some useful documents based on the new Code.

    icon_pdf  2021 Code: Summary of Major Changes

    icon_pdf  Anti-Doping Rule Violations Explained

    icon_pdf  BC Anti-Doping Rules from 1 January 2021

  Selection policies released for 2021 junior, U23, senior and paracanoe international selection

The International panel has released a series of documents concerning selection policies for international sprint events in 2021. Copies of the documents are available on the links below:

    icon_pdf  International Panel statement 16 Dec 2020

    icon_pdf  Paracanoe 2021 Selection Policy

    icon_pdf  Junior & U23 2021 Selection Policy

    icon_pdf  Senior 2021 Selection Policy

An important new requirement to note is that all Paracanoe and Senior competitors who wish to be considered for selection to the relevant sprint teams in 2021 must register their interest by 28th February 2021. A link to the online registration form is available HERE

  SRC responds to ICF proposal for changes to the 2024 Paris Olympic programme

Following the ICF proposal on 25th November for changes to the 2024 Paris Olympic programme which would re-allocate two of the Olympic medals from sprint racing to extreme slalom, the SRC has issued a response giving the committee’s views on the proposed changes. The full text of the response is available on the link below.

    icon_pdf  SRC response to ICF proposal for 2024 Paris Olympics events

  ICF announces exciting series of webinars

The International Canoe Federation will host a series of free online webinars showcasing the latest developments in coaching and athlete preparation.

Each ICF Performance Education webinar will be hosted by a world-leading expert in their field, and will include topics looking at how to manage an athlete from their first stroke through to the elite level, energy expenditure and fatigue, and high altitude training.

The six free online courses will be open to all participants, but pre-event registration will be required. The first course has been set down for August 19, and will examine the differences between training methods for men and women.

Participants will be able to ask questions during the webinars. Videos of the sessions will be posted online at the end of each webinar for those who are unable to participate in the live session.

“The ICF performance education webinars are a free online series aimed at coaches, athletes and administrators who wish to expand their knowledge on specific topics to improve their own performance or that of their athletes,” ICF sport development manager, Sebastian Cuattrin, said.

“We are very fortunate to have access to some of the leading experts for each webinar, so we are very confident all participants will benefit from these sessions. People will leave these sessions with new ideas and the latest cutting-edge information in their fields.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is presenting many challenges around the world, but by harnessing the latest technology and accessing our deep pool of experts, we can continue to ensure canoeing will go from strength to strength.”

The full schedule of webinars is as follows;

August 19: Difference between women’s and men’s training methods
August 26: Athlete’s career: From the first stroke to ultimate paddler
September 2: Considerations for the female athlete
September 9: Energy expenditure and fatigue
September 16: Choosing a paddle for young kayak athletes
October 14: High altitude training

Full details of the webinars and registration information can be found here.

  Sprint and Paracanoe Selection events cancelled

On Wednesday, 18 March British Canoeing announced the cancellation of the Sprint and Paracanoe Section events:

In order to protect the health and well-being of everyone involved in our events, British Canoeing has today confirmed the cancellation of the sprint selection event planned for 28/29 March and the Paracanoe selection event planned for the 25/26 April 2020.

It has been agreed that subject to any further external influences beyond our control, the British Canoeing Olympic and Paralympic selection events will take place on either 4 or 5 June. Further details will be released as soon as they are available.

The ICF has today released news of the cancellation of the European Olympic Qualification event in Racice. It has also confirmed the postponement of the sprint and paracanoe world qualification event due to be held in Duisburg on 21-24 May, with the possibility that this may be staged at the end of June. The full ICF release can be found HERE