Flatwater Sprint Racing
Racing on flat water is an Olympic sport, and the Canoe SA Flat-water Racing Committee is responsible for organising the sport in South Australia.
Sprint involves racing canoes or kayaks on a course with lanes over the prescribed distances of 200, 500 or 1000metres. Long distance events are also available on a larger lap course with distances of between 2500m and 5000m.
Sprint racing is an Olympic discipline with intense competition being held at Olympic Games. SASI scholarship holders, Kate Barclay and Susan Tegg represented Australia at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Kate in Ladies K4 500m and Susan in Ladies K2 500m.
2012 - 2013 Regatta Season (click on the regatta for results)
CLICK HERE to go to 2012 SA Sprint Championships Day 1 Results
CLICK HERE to go to 2012 SA Sprint Championships Day 2 Results
The major sprint clubs in South Australia are West Lakes, Holdfast Bay, Onkaparinga, Christian Brothers College and Encounter Paddling canoe clubs. There are six major regattas held over the summer season culminating with the State Championships in February and then leading onto the National Championships in March.
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
CALENDAR: REGATTA SEASON 2012 - 2013
Click here to go to dates for South Australian Regatta Season 2012 - 2013
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.
Holdfast Bay Canoe Club
Stephanie Finn 8443 7881 or 0411 408 096
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