Flatwater Sprint Racing
The excitment of racing at the Olympics or Paralympics in the fastest craft. The buzz in the crowd as the starting time gets closer. The starters gun goes and the paddlers explode out of their blocks. Gliding over the water this sport has a big following, as the finish line approaches the crowd cheers.
Sprint racing has it all. Distances of 200, 500 or 1000metres are raced at Olympic level, Local races have similar distances with some long distance events also held.
South Australia has had many Olympic Representatives
Kate Barclay and Susan Tegg represented Australia at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, Kate in Womens K4 500m and Susan in Womens K2 500m.
Hannah Davis is a dual Olympian representing us at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics (WK4 - 500m (Bronze medal) & WK2 - 500m) and at the 2012 London Summer Olympics (WK4 - 500m)
Regatta Programme 2013/14
2013 - 2014 Sprint Regatta Season
Regatta 1 - Sat, 19th October 2013 Click here for results
Regatta 2 - Sat, 2nd November 2013 - Click here for results
Regatta 3 - Sat, 16th November 2013 - Click here for results
GP1 - Fri 6th Dec to Sun 8th December 2013 at West Lakes Regatta course. Programme details see Australian Canoeing website (www.canoe.org.au)
Twighlight Regatta - Sat 21st December (conducted with SA Rowing) - racing 4.00pm to 8.30pm
Regatta 4 - Sun, 19th January 2014 - commencing at 8.00am, first race to start at 8.30am
Regatta 5 - Sun, 9th February 2014 - commencing at 8.30am, first race to start at 9.00am
Be the influence - tackling binge drinking State Sprint Titles - Sun 2 March 2014 - commencing at 8.00am, first race to start at 8.30am
National Sprint Titles - Wed 26th to Sun 30th March 2014 - Regatta Course, West Lakes. Programme details see Australian Canoeing website (www.canoe.org.au)
Click here to go to previous years regatta results
The major sprint clubs in South Australia are West Lakes, Holdfast Bay, Onkaparinga, Christian Brothers College and Encounter Paddling. There are six major regattas held over the summer season culminating with the State Championships in March and then leading onto the National Championships in March or April.
Regatta racing is open to paddlers of all ages and all skill levels from beginners to the elite. Most of the clubs offer some form of development and coaching for all paddling skill levels.
Regattas are normally held at A. M. Ramsay Regatta Course, Oarsmen Reserve, Military Road, West Lakes. Events usually begin at 8:30am with canoe/kayak sprint events (races 1000m or less) held in the morning, marathon (long distance races) are usually held in the afternoon, commencing from about 1:30pm. For marathon races buoys are placed at each end of the course and the race may include several circuits of the course with the finish line at the regatta course tower.
Please contact your local club if you would like to find out how you can get involved.
CLICK HERE to go to archive results for SA Sprint Regattas
Canoe SA Talent Id Program
Canoe SA's junior development program provides a pathway for young paddlers, from beginners to junior elite level. In conjunction with SASI talent search the program identifies and develops young potential elite paddlers. Th program works to underpin and feed into the institute's high performance program(SASI). Canoe SA Talent ID programs are based at West Lakes, Onkaparinga River and Encounter Lakes. In 2006 SASI scholarship holders Chris Alagich, Luke Morrison and Kate Barclay represented Australia at the 2006 ICF Flatwater Racing World Cup in Szeged (Hungary). SASA scholarship holders Alex Botha and Dale Welsh represented Australia at the U23 ICF Flatwater World Cup in Guangzhou (China). Five South Australian juniors have been selected to represent Australia at the 2007 ICF Junior Flatwater Racing Championships in Racice (Chzech Republic) in August. SASI scholarship holder, Hannah Davis represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games winning Bronze in the LK4 500 and SASI athletes Kate Barclay and Susan Tegg represented Australia at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Kate in Ladies K4 500m and Susan in Ladies K2 500m.
Read article on Olympic Hopefuls - Click here
Holdfast Bay Canoe Club
Peter Johnston 0418 115 670
Onkaparinga Canoe Club
Nick Tucker 0403 582 081
West Lakes Canoe Club
Michael Arthur 0421 387 357
Encounter Paddling Inc
Mark Brehin 0418 812 142
Download the "Time percentage calculator" from the link below to check your times against others percentage wise.
Canoe SA Talent ID Program