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Pan American and Para-Pan American Sprint Championships 2017


The 2017 Pan American and Para-Pan American Sprint Championships will be held in Ibarra, EcuadorClick here to read more.

CANAMEX to be hosted by Canada


Canoe Kayak Canada are very supportive of enhancing competition opportunities for our athletes in the Americas. We have therefore planned to host two Canada Cup Events in 2017. These events will be hosted in Ottawa, Ontario on July 1 and 2, as well as Shawinigan, Quebec on July 8 and 9.

Invitation to 2017 Sprint Canada Cups

Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to invite your Federation/Provincial Team/Club to participate in the 2017 Canada Cup Race Series. These regatta s will be co-designated as the 2017 CANAMEX regattas, which Canada is due to host this year. These regattas will be an opportunity for competition at the Senior, U18 and U16 (To Be Confirmed) level. In their third year of annual competition, the Canada Cups feature a high-level of competition and race experience for paddlers from Canada’s provincial teams, clubs and visiting international teams. Especially exciting this year will be the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, with Canada Cup 1 in Ottawa forming part of the massive celebrations centered on Ottawa as the capital, on Canada Day (July 1st). The second stop of the Canada Cup series in Shawinigan features a beautiful race course on one of the most famous canoe racing rivers in

Canada, Saint-Maurice River, which hosts one of North America’s largest Marathon Races every year in an idyllic city which boast a beautiful water front that embraced the river and the rugged landscape of the area.

Interested Federations, Provincial and Club teams should complete the Preliminary Information forms:

Canada Cup #1 – Ottawa

Canada Cup #2 – Shawinigan

If you have questions about the Canada Cups in general, please contact Ian Mortimer at CKC:

Puerto Rico Canoeing “News “ January 2017 / 2017 Calendar of Events

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COPAC President Dr. Cecilia Farias elected ICF Vice-President

Dr. Cecilia Farias was elected Vice President of the International Canoe Federation.

The 2016 ICF Congress held in Baku, Azerbaijan took historical resolutions approving a new Governance and the integration of the Presidents of the Five Continental Associations to theExecutive Committee between other important resolutions.

On equal ground between 6 candidates voting for three Vice-President​ial ​positions, Dr. Farias received the most quantity of votes, followed by Tony Estanguet (France) and Thomas Konietzko (Germany).

As a result of this outstanding election’s result, Cecilia Farias makes history by being the first woman elected as ICF Vice-President since the foundation of the organisation in 1924, and as such hasbeen allocated the responsibility of the “​ICF ​Development Program” and the “Commission for the Inclusion and Diversity” (former ICF Women Committee).

​On her message prior to the election she said:

“Development of sport is central to my identity. It is also achievable when we place inclusion, education and gender equity at the heart of our shared work. This resolve is both a reflection of whowe are as a global community but, also of what we are required to uphold within the Olympic Movement.

I commit to deliver short-, mid- and long-term, strategies for development. I also commit to promote our non-Olympic disciplines for Games consideration.

Most important, I will advocate for a smarter, more responsive and more targeted development program, which will include the required project-management based trainings necessary to realize objectives. We must bring the required knowledge, teamwork and integration of our sport in line with universality.

The number of our active federations increases across all continents. We must secure this growth in the long term our members require equitable distribution of development budgets based on their purchasing power. We need sustained integration supported by a new, intelligent funding for the inclusion of women, para-sports and the more economically disadvantaged member federations into our daily managerial and sport operations.

Wide stakeholder engagement will be my normative behaviour, thereby ensuring that seeds of development truly take root. Development tasks will no longer be assigned to the under-prepared oroverwhelmed: Tasks will be owned by a membership that is equipped to realize them.

Together we will share in a more consistent engagement with the media to increase the financial equity of our sport on each continent.

Together we will shape new global curricula for development coursework that focuses on event organisers, judges, coaches, classifiers, sport managers, and project managers based on continental need.

Together we will ensure that through balancing our development portfolio, we can truly achieve Universality and truly be authentic to the ICF’s mission.

The American Continent is happy to have a woman of its land at this prestigious position.

COPAC celebrates its President Dr. Cecilia Farias. Congratulations!


The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires in 2018

The Qualification System for Canoe is now finalized; for more information click here to read more.

Dragon Boating For Breast cancer Survivors

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Canoagem Brasileira

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Classifier Training – Mexico City

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The ICF bidding process for 2019 World Cups and 2021 World Championships is now open

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2016 Pan American Slalom Championships

The 2016 Pan American Slalom Championships will be held on October 14, 15 & 16, 2016.

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2016 Pan Am Championships / Olympic Qualifier

The 2016 Pan Am Championships and Olympic Qualifier has begun. Reminder to click on the Lake Lanier link to access the results.

Paracanoe gets stronger in South America

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World Master’s Games 2017

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The COPAC Paracanoe Project was launched with great success in La Habana, Cuba, on February 15-16, 2016.

The Cuban Canoe Federation was the first one in receiving 2 paracanoeing boats donated to COPAC by NELO M.A.R. Kayak Lda. As planned, a seminar for Classifiers National Level was delivered by Ms. Andrea Waters and Maria de Fatima Fernande.

The second recipient of the Project will be the Colombian National Federation. The boat donation is in Bogota, the city where on February 26-28, 2016; the classifiers Leonardo Maiola and Maria de Fatima Fernandes will deliver the seminar which is awaited with expectation by a large group of enthusiatic professionals.

COPAC and the Uruguayan Canoe Federation work together towards the celebration of the 3rd course.

COPAC wishes that more Federations join the project in particular in what refers to the education of the classifiers. Gender equality and inclusion are the objectives towards which COPAC works in coordination with the Federations.

Please click here to view the details of the seminar.

2016 Pan Am Sprint Canoe Championships and Continental Olympic Qualifier

Daily events list
Daily program
Pan Am Qualifier & Championship Events

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COPAC informs that due to unforeseen reasons, the Slalom Pan American Championships will be postponed until further notice.

The Brazilian Canoe Confederation apologizes for the inconvenience.

Classifier Training – Cuba

COPAC is always trying to improve canoeing in the Americas. Therefore, COPAC is embarking on Classifier Training seminars for Para Canoe. The first Seminar will be held in Cuba, Feb. 15 and 16, 2016 followed by a Seminar in Colombia, Feb. 26 – 28, 2016. For more information and the Seminar agenda read here.

Paracanoeing Presentation for Classifiers and Team leaders

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COPAC Newsletter

COPAC President Lands Sponsorship with NELO MAR KAYAKS:

Sponsorship For Success

The Pan American Canoe Confederation (COPAC) is pleased to announce its agreement of sponsorship with NELO M.A.R. KAYAKS LDA.; the largest canoe-kayak manufacturer in the world.

“This is the beginning of what we expect to be a long-lasting agreement with a prestigious company for the benefit of canoeing in the American Continent. Nelo has been present not only at the Pan American Championships and other prestigious events, but is also part of the daily life of our clubs and Federations; providing boats and services of highest standards to the satisfaction of our paddlers” said the COPAC’s President, Dr. Cecilia L. Farias.

The starting point will be the support for the Paracanoeing COPAC’s Programme, towards the inclusion in the Para-Pan American Games, Lima 2019.

From its side, the NELO MAR KAYAKS LDA. General Manager, Mr. Manuel Ramos said “More than ever the union within our sport is essential to face the future challenges, the competition is fierce and we as part of this sport must do all within our possibilities to make it a stronger and more represented sport. The challenge presented to us by COPAC with a clear agenda and targets matches perfectly our line of thinking. ”

Best of success is expected from such a prestigious alliance.


Congratulations to Mr. Jose Perurena Lopez, ICF President

Congratulations to the ICF President Mr José Perurena Lopez, who has just been elected as member of the ASOIF council, during the SportAccord Convention held inSochi, Russia.

The role of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) is to unite, promote and support the International Summer Olympic Federations; to preserve their autonomy, while co-ordinating their common interests and goals. It also serves and represents the Summer Olympic International Federations in the most competent, articulate and professional manner on issues of common interest in the Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, and on any other matter deemed necessary by the IFs.

The SportAccord Convention is the world’s premier annual event at the service of sport, focused on driving positive change internationally, and dedicated to engaging rights holders, organising committees, cities, businesses and other organisations in the development of sport.


Sprint Pan American Championships 2016 & Continental Olympic Qualifier Rio 2016

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Check out the new COPAC Facebook page!

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COPAC Bid Questionnaire

The Bid Questionnaire has been developed based on the application requirements the International Canoe Federation has established for member federations to host major international competitions. Visit the Pan American Championships page for more details

COPAC Wants Your Pictures!!

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