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What is Sprint?


The Olympic discipline of canoe sprint is contested on flatwater over four distances – 200m, 500m, 1000m & 5000m. Introduced to the Games in 1924 it became a full medal sport by the 1936 Berlin Games. In Canoe Sprint events, athletes race on a straight course with each boat in a separate lane.  There are kayak events in single(K1), double(K2) and four(K4) boats, and canoe events in single(C1) and double(C2) boats. In a kayak, the paddler is seated and uses a two-blade paddle, while in a canoe, the paddler is kneeling on one knee, and uses a single-blade paddle.


The USA has had 7 Gold Medalists, 4 Silver Medalists and 6 Bronze Medalists in Sprint.




Olympic Development Program (ODP)


The Olympic Development Program will serve as a forum to identify and develop athlete’s to represent the USA at domestic and international competitions. The foundation of the program is to identify athlete’s and pick teams with the view of supporting and encouraging those Sprint canoe and kayak athlete’s who have shown the potential and the desire to qualify for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

  • ODP 2018 Overview (PDF)
  • ODP Athlete Data Sheet (online / PDF / Word)
  • ODP $50 Application Fee (online)
  • ODP 2018 Teams and Pathways (PDF)
  • ODP 2018 World Championships Teams and Pathways (PDF)
  • 2018 Team Acceptance Deposit and Travel Payment Procedure (PDF)
  • 2018 ODP Athletes
  • JR & U23 World Championships Bulletin 1 (PDF)
  • Olympic Hopes Regatta (Link)
    • OHR Kayak Team Boat Development & Emphasis Camp (PDF)
    • Register
  • Jr/U23 Lake Placid/Jr-U23 World Championships deposit (Link)
  • Senior Lake Placid/Senior World Championships deposit (Link)
  • Balance of Jr/U23 World Championships flying from Montreal (Link)
  • Balance of Jr/U23 World Championships flying from Seattle (Link)






A Letter to all ACA Competition Members (PDF)

  • Selection Criteria
    • 2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint Championships
    • 2019 U.S. National Teams
      • will post once available
    • 2019 Pan American Games
      • will post once available
    • 2020 Tokyo Olympics
      • will post once available
  • 2018 USOC DAS Athlete Criteria (PDF)
    • eligibility requirements for US Olympic Committee Direct Athlete Support (DAS)
  • Athlete Code of Conduct
  • Travel
  • Athlete Grievance Process (online)
  • U.S. Center for SafeSport (ACA Policies / U.S. Center for SafeSport)
  • U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)
  • Elite Athlete Sprint Director to the ACA Board
  • Athlete Advisory Council (USOC)
    • Representative: Emily Mary Wright (contact / Bio)
    • Alternate: Brandon Holiday (contact / Bio)
  • Sprint National Teams
  • Sprint Olympians (excel)
  • Grants:
  • A Letter to all ACA Competition Members


Racing Rules: 

  • 2018 Sprint Racing Rule (PDF)




  •  Submit Staff/Volunteer Code of Conduct (PDF)
  • Successfully pass the NCIS Background Check (Link)
  • register whereabouts with the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) while traveling for international events at:



Sprint Paddling Clubs:

  • Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team: Gig Harbor, WA (GHCKRT)
  • Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club: Gainesville, GA (LCKC)
  • Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation: Oklahoma City, OK (OKCBF)
  • San Diego Canoe & Kayak Team: San Diego, CA (SDCKT)
  • South Florida Canoe & Kayak Club: Cape Coral, FL (SFCKC)
  • Twin City Paddlesports: Maplewood, MN (TCP)
  • Washington Canoe Club: Washington, DC (WCC)
  • Seattle Canoe Kayak Club: Seattle, WA (SCKC)
  • Cascade Canoe Kayak Racing Team: Bothell, WA (CCKRT)
  • Bellingham Canoe Kayak Sprint Team: Bellingham, WA (BCKST)
  • Keystone Paddlers: Gig Harbor, WA (KEY)



High Performance Plans:

  • 2019 (in development)
  • 2018


Reporting Abuse or Misconduct:

To report forms of misconduct or abuse, such as sexual, emotional or physical misconduct, bullying, hazing or harassment, please report via: 


Support the Sprint Community:

  • Donate to Sprint (online)
  • Charitable Travel Contributions (webpage)



  • ACA Board of Directors
    • Competition Council
      • Sprint Committee
        • Sprint Coaches, sub-committee
        • Sprint Officials, sub-committee
        • Event Planning, sub-committee
        • Club Presidents, sub-committee
        • Sprint Olympians, sub-committee

National Office Staff: 

Barton Bantams



more Event Calendar

8/10/2018 » 9/3/2018
ACA annual Award Nominations Open from August 10 - September 3

8/23/2018 » 8/26/2018
ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships

8/30/2018 » 9/2/2018
ICF SUP World Championships

ACA Mission

Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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