Canoe Sprint International Panel Statement – Friday 2nd July 2021

The Canoe Sprint International Panel have today released the following statement ahead of the July regatta and selection event, set to be held at the National Water Sports Centre this weekend.

A mitigating circumstances request ahead of the July National Championships regatta has been received from the Deborah Kerr/Emma Russell crew in the K2W 500m Senior selection event.

The IP has reviewed this information and has accepted these mitigating circumstances in line with 7.3 of the selection policy.

It has been determined that a race-off will be arranged between the winners in the K2W 500m at this weekend’s senior World Championship selection event and Kerr/Russell to determine which K2W 500m crew will be selected to race at the 2021 World Championships.

The winners of the selection race will be consulted for the dates of the race-off and further information will be provided by the IP post selection.

For any further information or enquiries please contact Paul Dimmock, International Panel Chair at:


  Sprint Talent update

Richard Ramsdale, Head of Talent at British Canoeing, has issued an update to the work of the Sprint Talent programme. His introductory remarks are reproduced here.

“May was such a fantastic month, not only did we have events and races in Sprint and Slalom but we’ve also seen a great deal of success and achievement. Nottingham hosted the Sprint Crew Boat process, which saw nearly 50 athletes and coaches come together to develop their crew boat skills and trial different seat combinations ahead of the Sprint Junior and U23 GB Selection event in early July.

On the same weekend,on the other side of the regatta lake, the Slalom Junior and U23 GB Selection event was taking place. Congratulations to the 11 English Talent athletes that qualified to both teams and all those that qualified as a reserve. Success comes in many different ways and a huge congratulations is owed to all those who raced at the event, it was clear how much effort and investment has been committed over the last 14 months, in the most challenging of circumstances, well done to all!

It should be noted that neither event would not have been possible without the support of staff, coaches, parents, athletes and the wider community. It was great to see people back out on the water, in the sunshine, doing what they love! Long may it continue.”

The full update, including reports and advice on a variety of topics can be found HERE

  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.

  Attention all student paddlers – we need your help!

British Canoeing is working with BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) to look at the possible introduction of a BUCS Flatwater Racing event. In order to develop our proposal we need your help.

If you are a student who is already at, or likely to start, college or university in the next 2 years then we’d love to hear from you.

Please take 15 minutes to complete this survey: BUCS Flatwater Racing Student Survey, sharing your views on taking part in a BUCS Flatwater Racing event.

You may be an existing sprint or marathon paddler, a paddler in another discipline who has taken part in BUCS Canoe Polo, Wild Water Racing or Slalom events or you might be a student paddler new to competition. We welcome all views.

Please forward the survey onto any friends who may also be interested in the event and sharing their thoughts with us.

If you have any questions please contact

Closing date: Wednesday 9th June 2021

Thanks for your time

  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