Sprint kayaking is an Olympic discipline. British paddlers won medals for sprint kayaking in the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. In sprint regattas paddlers compete over 200m, 500m and 1000m in K1s, K2s, K4s, C1, C2 and C4. There are 9 lanes and at National regattas paddlers are ranked in classes so you race against people of your speed. The rankings are senior women A to D, senior men A to D, Junior men (over 12) A to D, Junior women A to D, and Masters A to D and Master Women A and B. To race at a national regatta, paddlers practice at their club to see if they can achieve the 500m qualifying time, and if they do they are registered by the club to sprint (by a club Sprint Rep). Paddlers new to sprinting start in group D and as they improve they move up through the groups to A. Mini sprint races are for children aged between 9 and 12 years and are always over 500m.
Over the last few years Norwich Canoe Club athletes have represented Great Britain at junior and senior international level, including at the inaugural European Games in Baku in 2015, the 2015, 2016, and 2017 European Championships as well as the 2017 Sprint World Junior Championships. Norwich Canoe Club junior?athletes?have also been selected to race at the Olympic Hopes Regatta for the last four years.
There are 5 national sprint regattas each year at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham and Norwich Canoe Club enters a big team in all of these. In 2018 we won the Inter club championships (the MacGregor Paddle) and had 50 paddlers racing in more than 147 races over two days: a fabulously fun club weekend!
The Regatta dates for 2019 are:-
In addition to the national events, club members also enter regional sprint regattas including our very own Norwich regatta which is held at the end of August.
If you are dreaming of an Olympic medal or simply want to have some fun in a crew boat race, talk to our sprint reps or any club coach to learn more.
See the Sprint racing web site for more information about the national sprint events: http://canoeracing.org.uk/sprint/