Canoeing at IMGA Master Games

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Canoeing is a recreational boating activity or paddle sport in which you kneel or sit facing forward in an open or closed-decked canoe, and propel yourself with a single-bladed paddle, under your own power.

Kayaking is use of a kayak for moving across water. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. A kayak is a boat where the paddler faces forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle. Most kayaks have closed decks.

Age categories

The age categories differ per competition format, see below:

Canoe Slalom, Sprint, Marathon and Ocean Racing: 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+
The age of the youngest paddler in a boat will determine the age category.

Canoe Polo: 30+ and 45+

A Grade – Competitive: will be comprised of two divisions – men and women.
B Grade – Recreational: will be one open division, ie. teams can be men’s, women’s or a combination (in any male/female ratio) and will play against each other.
The age of the youngest competitor in the team will determine the team’s age category.

Dragon Boat: 40+ (Masters), 50+ (Grand Masters), 60+ (Great Grand Dragon)

For all events, the age category you will compete in for Canoeing will be determined as at 31 December of the year of the event. For example, if you are 44 during Games time but have turned 45 by 31 December, you would compete in the 45+ age category.


Possible events and disciplines

Canoe Polo
Canoe Sprint, Marathon, Ocean Racing – K1, K2, K4, C1, C2 – 200m, 500m, 1000m, 2000m
Canoe Slalom – K1, C1, C2
Dragon Boating – 200m, 500m, 2000m



Past Results

View the WMG Portland 1998 Canoe Kayak Results
View the WMG Melbourne 2002 Canoe Kayak Results
View the WMG Edmonton 2005 Canoe Kayak Results
View the WMG Sydney 2009 Canoe Kayak Results
View the EMG Lignano 2011 Canoe Kayak Results
View the EMG Nice 2015 Canoe Kayak Results
View the WMG Auckland 2017 Canoe Kayak Results
View the EMG Torino 2019 Canoe Kayak Results


The IMGA doesn’t allow building new venues and encourages the host cities to use existing facilities to keep the costs lower. Therefore, the following information is subject to changes depending on the venues available.