Know your facts:
- Kayaking has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 2003
- Unified Sports? Yes
- Estimated number of athletes expected to participate: 51 athletes + 16 Unified partners
Special Olympics Kayaking is a flatwater racing event where athletes compete either on their own or as a pair. Kayaking is one of the newest Special Olympics sports. The aim is to travel through a specific water distance paddling in the best possible time.
Special Olympics feature:
Special Olympics Kayaking uses touristic-type boats and professional boats, while in International Canoe Federation races, athletes only use professional boats. The touristic boats are more stable than professional flat-water racing kayaks.
Additionally, Special Olympics requires all athletes to pass a swimming test before races and requires that everyone wears a lifejacket during race.
We have 7 competitions:
- Singles Tourist kayak KT-1:
- Doubles Tourist kayak KT-2:
- Unified Sports® Doubles Tourist kayak KT-2:
- Unified Sports® Doubles Professional Kayak K-2:
By the way:
In earlier days, seal skin was used to make kayaks waterproof.