Category Archives: International

  ICF Athlete Committee – Nominations Open

Nominations are open for the ICF Athletes Committee. The committee consists of one male and one female from each of canoe sprint, canoe slalom and paracanoe, and two athletes from non-Olympic disciplines.  For more information on the Committee visit the ICF Athlete Committee webpage.

To be a candidate for this election the athlete must have competed internationally and have participated in at least one world championship in an ICF Discipline within the last six years.

The ICF ask interested candidates to submit a CV and a one minute video (which will be posted online) by end July 2021. Voting will be carried out at this year’s ICF sprint, paracanoe and slalom world championships, while the non-Olympic positions will be an online vote September/November.

If you are interested please contact Gemma Wiggs, British Canoeing Head of Events & International Affairs for more information.

  Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe International Panel Statement 30th April 2021

The Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe International Panel has released a further update ahead of the upcoming international competitions.

This statement is a follow up to the statement published on Tuesday 20 April ensuring the most up to date information is available.

It provides updates on the selected athletes for the upcoming World Cup, information regarding Junior, U23 and Senior team selection and an update on the Sprint and Paracanoe Senior European Championships.

For the full IP Statement, please click here.

  2021 Sprint Racing Handbook now available

The Sprint Racing Handbook includes the competition dates, the rules and regulations for sprint racing and marathon, and all organiser contacts and other useful information.

Hard copy

The printed handbooks for the 2021 Canoe Sprint season are now available. To order a copy of the handbook through the post, please email Cathy Wynne on with your postal address and make a bank transfer for £8 (£5 handbook + £3 postage) to:

Bank sort code: 20-19-95
Account number: 93457605
Account name: BC Sprint Racing Committee

Otherwise, you can pick up a copy at one of the National Sprint Regattas for £5.

PDF download

A downloadable version in PDF format is also available by clicking the link below.

     icon_pdf  2021 Sprint Racing Handbook

  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