What is canoeing?
Other variations include the slalom, in which competitors must race downhill between gates in the quickest time possible, with times compared at the end of a run rather than individuals racing side-by-side.
The narrower the boat the faster it travels across the water, making smaller boats much more popular when it comes to racing. Smaller boats also provide more of a challenge to those operating them, with a great sense of balance required.
- Gym mats
- Athletics batons
- Access to a swimming pool
A brief history of canoeing
Canoes and kayaks originated as forms of transportation, but as with almost all other forms of travel, a sporting equivalent was eventually found – with the sport of canoeing officially born in the late 19th century.
Canoeing became an Olympic sport in 1936. The most successful nation has been Germany, who has won 77 Olympic medals in the sport, 34 of which have been gold.
The sport is extremely European dominated, with New Zealand being the only non-European nation in the top ten for Olympic medals in the sport’s history. Great Britain currently sits in 16th place, with 19 medals in total.
The School Games is inclusive to all young people and provides opportunities for everyone to get involved, either within school, against other local schools, or at county or regional level.
School Games Organisers
School Games Organisers (SGO) help schools coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club.Sign up to find your local SGO
School Games formats
Learn more about the School Games formats suitable for canoeing competitions:
Canoeing Primary Challenge
Flexi Figure 8/Storming Slalom/Canoe Tipsy, Seated Spin/Seated Pass Repetition/Sit Sprint
Canoeing Secondary Competition
Fours Up Canoe Polo, Sports Hall Canoe Sprint, Cross Stream Canoe Slalom
Cross Stream Challenge, Sports Hall Sprint, Fours Up Canoe Polo
Canoeing Inclusive Competition
Inclusive Sports Hall Canoe Slalom
Quick and easy canoeing activity resources
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