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


U/12 class will be a pure Guppy Class, if a U/12 wishes to paddle a K1 then that athlete will paddle U/14’s.
The U/12 State titles are awarded for guppy class only. CWA will not discourage juniors from going up to K1 but the policy position, in WA, is that U/12 is a guppy class

1976 Montreal Olympics – John Trail – K4 1000m – 4th semi final (Top 3 to final)

1980 Moscow Olympics – Ken Vidler – K4 1000m 8th

1988 Seoul Olympics – Kelvin Graham – K2 1000m – 3rd

1992 Barcelona Olympics – Ramon Andersson, Kelvin Graham – K4 1000m – 3rd – (Kelvin became the first multiple medallist in canoeing for Australia)

1996 Atlanta Olympics – Ramon Andersson – K4 1000m – 9th

2000 Sydney Olympics – Amanda Simper – K4 500m – 10th

2004 Athens Olympics – Lisa Russ (nee Oldenhof) – K4 500m – 6th

2008 Beijing Olympics – Lisa Russ (nee Oldenhof) – K4 500m – 3rd

2012 London Olympics – Jesse Phillips/Steve Bird – K2 200m – 6th, Alana Nicholls – K1 200m – 16th, K1 500m – 16th

2016 Rio Olympics – Steve Bird – K1 200m – 8th, Daniel Bowker – K2 200m – 11th, Ferenc Szeksardi – C2 1000m – 10th, C1 200m 6th in heat.

Sprint Nationals 2018 - IMPORTANT INFORMATION



Click on the below links to be taken to the event. More information in regards to each event and registration will open closer to the date.


Regatta 1: 23rd September, 2017

Regatta 2: 14th October, 2017

Regatta 3: 11th November, 2017

Regatta 4: 17th December, 2017

WA Sprint Kayaking State Titles: 20th/21st January, 2018

Regatta 5: 4th February, 2018