Join us on the Paddle to Paris as we follow the journey of the NZ Canoe Racing team, poised with determination and skill as they paddle towards the ultimate goal: the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON

From the bottom of the world in Aotearoa to the grand stage of international competition, witness the dedication, passion, and unwavering spirit that defines our nation’s paddlers as they strive for glory on the global stage.

Canoe Sprint at the Olympic Games
6-10 August

Paracanoe at the Paralympic Games
6-8 September

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CANOE RACING AT PARIS 2024

Canoe sprint races take place on flatwater and feature sprints over various distances with one, two or four athletes per boat. Women’s races are either over 200m or 500m, while men’s races are either 500m or 1000m. Paracanoe events are 200m long, raced in either kayaks or va’a.

MEET THE TEAM

Meet our NZ Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe team members as they get selected and announced for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

MEET THE TEAM HERE 

NZ OLYMPIC/ PARALYMPIC HISTORY

New Zealand’s proud Canoe Sprint Olympic history began at Munich in 1972, and has since become one of the country’s best performing sports, with a total of 14 medals. 

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LATEST PADDLE TO PARIS NEWS

AIMEE FISHER SETS NEW K1 500M WORLD BEST TIME IN THRILLING WORLD CUP SPECTACLE

New Zealand kayakers on the top two steps of the podium rounded off the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Szeged on Sunday night NZT, after a truly phenomenal race saw both Aimee Fisher and Dame Lisa Carrington go under the world best time in the Womens K1 500m final and win World Cup medals. 

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NZ PARACANOE TEAM CHASE FINAL PARALYMPIC SPOTS

This weekend’s ICF Paracanoe World Championships in Hungary marks an important milestone for the NZ Paracanoe team in their Paddle to Paris journey. The event is the final opportunity to qualify for the 2024 Paralympic Games  and Corbin Hart and Peter Cowan are hoping their results will allow them to join two-time Paralympian Scott Martlew in Paris.

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NZ NAMES LARGEST EVER WOMEN’S CANOE SPRINT TEAM FOR OLYMPIC GAMES

Canoe Racing New Zealand and the New Zealand Olympic Committee has proudly named it’s largest ever women’s canoe sprint team for the 2024 Olympic Games, with six athletes set to wear the fern and paddle for New Zealand in Paris in August. 

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SIX QUALIFICATION QUOTAS BOOST NZ’S PADDLE TO PARIS

A golden 90minutes in Penrith gave Canoe Racing New Zealand a massive boost on its paddle to Paris, with 3 crews provisionally qualifying 6 more quota spots for the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games. This sets the stage for potentially a 10-strong New Zealand Canoe Racing Olympic team, the largest squad ever sent.

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 “OUR GOAL HASN’T BEEN DENIED, IT’S JUST BEEN DELAYED”

The kiwi kayaking community watched in hope as the New Zealand Men’s K4 took to the water at the World Championships in August as they sought to qualify a men’s K4 for the Olympics for the first time since 1992. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, with an unlucky draw meaning the men missed out on making the A final despite having the seventh fastest semi-final time.

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THE FIFTH PADDLER – THE K4’S SECRET TO SUCCESS

History shows that winning a K4 world championship has been an elusive beast for New Zealand Canoe Racing teams. That is, until this past August at the 2023 ICF Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe World Championships when Lisa Carrington, Alicia Hoskin, Olivia Brett and Tara Vaughan made history by becoming the first New Zealand K4 team to win a world title. 

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LOOKING AHEAD AFTER THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Before leaving for Europe, Canoe Racing NZ General Manager of Performance, Nathan Luce admitted it was a stressful time for the team, with no boats confirmed for the upcoming Olympics or Paralympics. Four weeks on from the 2023 World Championships, where the New Zealand team won three gold medals and qualified an impressive five Olympic and Paralympic quotas, Luce is feeling slightly more at ease. 

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KIWI PADDLERS SIGHTS SET ON MAKING HISTORY IN PARIS 2024

In exactly one year’s time at the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics, New Zealand kayakers will be setting their sights on adding to the nation’s rich history of success in Olympic Canoe Sprint.
With Olympic & Paralympic qualifications on the horizon the New Zealand Kayaking team are on a mission to achieve something that has never been done before.

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