ABOUT THE SPORT OF SPRINT CANOE KAYAK
HISTORY OF THE SPORT
North American Indigenous People created canoes hundreds of years ago as an ideal boat for carrying heavy loads on streams, rivers, and lakes, with portability to portage over land. Similarly, kayaks were in use among the Inuit across Northern North America and Greenland thousands of years ago.
Organized racing evolved over time and Canoe Kayak Canada was founded in 1900 as the Canadian Canoe Association. It has become one of Canada’s most successful summer sport organizations, supporting athletes to 24 Olympic medals since sprint paddling was introduced to the Olympics in 1936. Canada’s biggest medal haul came at Los Angeles 1984 where six medals were won, including two gold. These were also the first Games at which Canadian women won kayak medals