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History of Canoe

There are two disciplines of Canoe in The World Games: Canoe Polo and Kayak Marathon.

Canoe polo

Canoe polo, also known as Kayak polo, is one of the competitive disciplines of canoeing/kayaking. Polo combines boating and ball handling skills within a contact team game. Each team has five players on the pitch who compete to score in their opponent’s goal, which is suspended two meters above the water. The ball can be thrown by hand or flicked with the paddle to pass between players and shoot at the goal. The canoes/kayaks are specifically designed for polo and are faster and lighter than typical canoes/kayaks. This gives them superior maneuverability. The blades of the polo paddle have thick, rounded edges to prevent injury. Paddles are also very lightweight and designed with both pulling-power and ball-control in mind.

Kayak Marathon

In Kayak Marathon, the competitor races over a long-distance course on water that is not subject to prescribed standards. The competitor must take the water as it is found and be prepared, if necessary, to carry his or her kayak around an impassable obstacle or between two waterways.

Country of Origin

  • England (canoe polo)
  • England (kayak marathon)

Popular Countries

  • Australia, Germany, Hungary

2017 World Games Champion (country)

  • Canoe Polo/Team – Germany (men & women)

Editions Participated in The World Games

  • 4

Canoe Schedule

The schedule will be posted in 2021.

Canoe Results

The results will be posted in 2022.

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