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Kayaking

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:
    200m race
    500m race
  • Doubles Tourist kayak KT-2:
    200m race
    500m race
  • Unified Sports® Doubles Tourist kayak KT-2:
    200m race
    500m race
  • Unified Sports® Doubles Professional Kayak K-2:
    500m race

By the way:

In earlier days, seal skin was used to make kayaks waterproof.

On the photo, there are two happy athletes who lift their arms and paddels after the kayaking competition is finished.
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The photo shows two kayaks with two athletes each during competition. On one boat are two women and on the other one two men.
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The photo shows an athlete in action during a Kayaking competition.
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The photo shows two kayaks on the water.
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On the photo, there are two athletes in a kayak. The one up front is raising his fist in joy.
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Kayaking takes place at Grünau.