Canoe Sprint Racing is one of the best-known competitive canoeing disciplines in Australia. This is probably due to its inclusion in the Olympic Games since 1936 and Australia’s involvement in all Olympics since the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.
Canoe Sprint Racing is all about speed on flat water over distances of 200 metres, 500 metres and 1000 metres. The craft that have been developed are sleek and fast but unstable. Sprint kayakers use specially designed paddles allowing for extra power and efficiency.
K1, K2 and K4 are the most popular classes of Canoe Sprint kayaking but there are also canoe classes, C1, C2 and C4. Races are contested by guppies (U12), junior, senior and master athletes