USA Canoe/Kayak Paracanoe Team Trials
The Trials for the USA Canoe/Kayak Paracanoe Team for the 2011 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships will be held the morning of 4 July 2011 on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY. The event website is http://www.lakeplacidinternational.com/. The ParaCanoe entry information will be posted soon.
The Canadian club and national Paracanoe athletes have been invited to compete in this regatta.
The World Championships will take place in Szeged, Hungary 17-21 Aug, with Paracanoe events scheduled for 17/18 Aug. The events are 200 meters, V-1/K-1, both genders, all three classifications (LTA, TA, A). Athletes must attain the age of 15 or older during 2011 to be eligible to race in Szeged, i.e., born in 1996 or earlier. The event website is www.szeged2011.com . Athletes not previously classified by the ICF will be classified on 15/16 Aug.
The best current information is the program is "flexible” and "similar to the 2009 event.” In order for an event to be "official” and for athletes to receive a medal, there must be 6 entries. If there are less than 6 entries, two or more classifications may be combined. This early in the growth of Paracanoe, combined events may be necessary, especially in V-1 and in women’s events. In 2009, men raced all three K-1 classifications, and women raced K-1 LTA and TA. The V-1 was LTA/TA/A combined for both men and women. All podium finishers in the men’s event were classified LTA. In the women’s event the gold medalist was classified TA, and the silver and bronze medalists were classified LTA. No recognition of individual classifications was given.
For 2011, no time standards for the USA team have been established. The performance standard is the ability to vigorously paddle 200 meters within a 9 meter wide lane with reasonably good technique and balance.
Several K-1 Viper 55s and two Viper 60s will be available in Lake Placid. Personally owned boats narrower than 50 cm at the 10 cm waterline or longer than 520 cm will not be allowed to enter. As the only boats readily available in Szeged will be the Viper 55 and 60, an athlete who wins in a more stable boat must demonstrate proficiency in the Viper.
At least two Tevanui V-1s will be available in Lake Placid. The V-1s available in Szeged are unknown, other than the PolaKayak Albatross which was provided last year. USA C/K will attempt to borrow or rent the best model of V-1 possible. V-1 paddlers must be very proficient at steering if the Albatross if it is the only boat available.
All forms must be properly completed and USA Canoe/Kayak dues paid by the entry deadline (to be announced). PROPERLY completed medical forms from past international events will be accepted provided there is no change in the athlete’s condition. Classification of athletes not previously classified will take place on 3 July by appointment.
All completed entries, with entry fee, must be received by (the entry deadline). Any event with only one entry may be named to the team without competing in Lake Placid at the discretion of the Selection Committee. Depending on team size, the Selection Committee may recruit additional athletes before nominal entries close.
Although ParaCanoe was named to the 2016 Paralympic schedule, the US Olympic Committee has not announced any funding as of this time. All expenses for the Trials and the World Championships are the responsibility of individual athletes and must be paid when due or by prior arrangement. Requests to bring a companion to assist with activities of daily living must accompany the entry. Members of the USA C/K 2011 Paracanoe staff traveling to Szeged are Deborah Page and Jan Whitaker. Stephen Knight will be a third staff member depending on team size and composition.
Please notify Gerald Babao (firstname.lastname@example.org) of intent to enter the trials as soon as possible. You will be contacted by a member of the USA C/K Paracanoe Committee for more information.