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About USA Canoe/Kayak



A member of the United States Olympic Committee, USA Canoe/Kayak is the national governing body for the Olympic sports of Flatwater Sprint and Whitewater Slalom as well as the Paralympic sport of Paracanoe. USA Canoe/Kayak is also the U.S. member of the International Canoe Federation and the Pan American Canoe Federation. Other paddling sports sanctioned by USA Canoe/Kayak include Dragon Boat, Freestyle, Marathon, Surfski, Wildwater, Outrigger, Polo, Canoe Sailing and Stand Up Paddleboard.  USA Canoe/Kayak offers athletes the opportunity to win Olympic medals in up to 16 events, the sixth most of any sport. Paracanoe will make its inaugural appearance at the Paralympic Games in Rio, 2016. So whether you are just getting into paddling or have been for many years, you have an opportunity to represent your country in the sport we love.For more information about USA Canoe/Kayak, please also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.




1. Grow the Base - Develop new and innovative paths of access to competitive paddlesports that expand our base of participation

2. Achieve Sustained International Competitive Success -Win medals at premiere international events

3. Empower Bold Leadership - Set high standards for our performance and sport culture, founded in a strategy  and structure that coordinates, collaborates, and empowers leadership at all levels of our sport

4. Expand Global Presence and Influence - Be a strong partner in the international paddlesports community!




The Mission of USA Canoe/Kayak shall be to enable United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, and other international competition; and to promote and grow paddlesports in the United States.



Through strong organizational members and partnerships, USA Canoe/Kayak will recruit into the base of canoe and kayak athletes, coaches and officials.

Through development programs and competitive opportunities, USA Canoe/Kayak will retain talented athletes, coaches and officials.

Through targeted development planning and execution, USA Canoe/Kayak will develop internationally competitive athletes, coaches and officials




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