The Program

Sprint racing is a competitive program for individual and team racing in Olympic style boats (kayak/canoe). Competitions known as “regattas’ allow for competitors to race against others over a wide range of categories based on age groups, gender, distances, type, and size of boats as well as team boats. Flatwater sprint racing takes place on a straight course with each boat having a designated lane. The distances raced are generally 200, 500 or 1,000 metres. For competitors, there are rules governing regattas and the governing body is the Ontario Sprint Racing Association. The Sudbury Canoe Club is a member of the Western Ontario Division of Canoe Kayak Canada.


This program is ideal for athletes aged 12 to 19 years of age in the “Train to Train,” and the “Train to Compete” stages of the Long Term Athlete Development model. This program consists of kayaking/canoe on-water sessions, strength training, circuits, running, mental skills, core strengthening and other dynamic exercises related to sprint paddling. All participants are taught the care and maintenance of the boats and are expected to follow the club protocols that are in place.


The Sudbury Canoe Club provides all necessary equipment for the athletes. This includes boats (kayaks known as K-1, K-2, K-4 and canoes C-1, C-2, C-4), PFD’s, paddles and any safety equipment required. In addition, there are sessions in the War Canoe (15 person canoe). All boats meet Canoe Kayak Canada racing standards.

Practice Schedule 

The program is divided into four sessions throughout the year. A club coach is on the water with the athletes for all scheduled practices.

Summer: July-August
8-10 practices p/w
1.5 hr duration
General training

Spring: May-June
4 practices p/w
1 hr duration
Technical training

Winter: Nov-April
Dryland sessions
3 sessions p/w
(13+ yrs) Cost

Fall: Sept-October
4 practices p/w
1 hr duration
Technical training


Cost is $250 for the season plus racing fees.


The Youth Sprint Registration Form and/or any inquiries can be submitted to Dan Welch, Head Coach at (subject: Youth Sprint Inquiry).

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