Queensland Canoeing Supports Queensland Sporting Wheelies
It is Queensland Canoeing’s desire to see an integration of people with a disability into all our disciplines. Many clubs are already involved with people with a disability and probably don’t even realise it and others have taken active steps to include all people into the activities of the club as much as possible.
Queensland Canoeing wants to aid clubs in developing pathways and inclusion of people with a disability into these disciplines whether at recreational level or representing at the elite end. If we can assist you, please don’t hesitate to call or email us.
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Paracanoe is a term adopted from the Paralympic games and literally refers to the sport of Canoe/Kayak for people with a disability. As a more general term it has come to be used for anyone with a disability jumping into a canoe, kayak or other paddling craft and enjoying themselves along with their friends for social, fitness, recreational and competition.
As a Paralympic sport
The Paralympic Games will include Paracanoe as a disipline in Rio Games of 2016. All races are 200m sprint events and are raced in two possible craft
Queensland is at the forefront of canoe/kayaking for athletes with a disability as the location of the Paracanoe head coach, Andrea King, and the National Paracanoe program located at Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast.
Australia is very competitive in Paracanoe and finished third on the medal count at the 2014 World Sprint Championships in Moscow, Russia. Queensland athletes finished with a Gold and Silver medal to Curtis McGrath and Kara Kennedy respectively, both V1 paddlers.
Paracanoe events are held at the Queensland State Sprint and Marathon Championships and more often than not included in most club events.
Other Elite opportunities
Because of the link between Va’a and the Paralympic games. Many of our athletes will compete in Va’a racing.
At the World Va’a Sprints in Rio de Janeiro three of our athletes from the Moscow World Canoe/Kayak Championships joined 4 other Va’a paddling athletes to compete. The team bought home 3 Gold medals, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze individual medals all to Queenlsnad athletes. Then the combined to compete in the V6 1000 m and 500 m events winning the Gold medal in both events in world record time!
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Glenn works for Queensland Canoeing and is the current Regional Pathways Coordinator/Coach. He has been involved in canoe/kayak for over 10 years and is a former member of the Australian Paracanoe team racing in K1 and V1 events.
Any inquiries regarding paddling for people with a disability can be directed to Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0427557516