Exciting new sprint event announced for Asia Pacific

Australian Canoeing in conjunction with Canoe Racing New Zealand and the Japan Canoe Federation are excited to announce the launch of a new Asia – Pacific Sprint Regatta for Under 16/ U18 / U21 canoe sprint athletes.

The three federations have been in discussions for some time, with all countries acknowledging the importance of an event like this for our developing athletes. The Asia - Pacific Regatta will take place annually during the first two weeks in May with the first Asia - Pacific Regatta planned to take place in Adelaide, Australia, on May 12-13.

New Zealand will be hosting the event in 2019, Japan in 2020 and Australia again in 2021 on a rotational ongoing basis.

The Asia-Pacific event will be open to any country. In the first few years the largest national teams are expected to be from Australia, New Zealand and Japan who have already committed to the event. The event is expected to grow in the future and to become an International Regatta of increasing quality and recognised by the International Canoe Federation.

Each participating country will select National Teams for the event (U16, U18 and U21) and races will be held in each age category over Olympic race distances with a maximum of two entries per country per event allowed (similar format to international World Cup regattas).

Asia - Pacific Regatta proposed events:

U16 women WK1 200m WK2 200m WK4 200m WK1 500m WK2 500m WK4 500m

U18 women WK1 200m WK2 200m WK4 200m WK1 500m WK2 500m WK4 500m

U21 women WK1 200m WK2 200m WK4 200m WK1 500m WK2 500m WK4 500m

U16 men K1 200m K2 500m K4 500m K1 1000m K2 1000m K4 1000m

U18 men K1 200m K2 500m K4 500m K1 1000m K2 1000m K4 1000m

U21 men K1 200m K2 500m K4 500m K1 1000m K2 1000m K4 1000m

U18 Women WC1 200 WC2 200 WC1 500 WC2 500

U18 Men C1 500 C2 500 C1 1000 C2 1000

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