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Watch the paracanoe stars competing in Račice

racice den 3 281Paracanoe had its debut at the World Championships in 2009 and since then it has been part of the World and European championships. This discipline was presented at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 for the first time. Athletes in paracanoe events race over 200 metres. They use kayaks (K; propelled by a double-blade paddle) or outrigger canoes called Va'as with supportive floats (V; propelled by a single blade paddle). There are three classes for both men and women in both disciplines.

How to get to Labe Arena

racice den 2 103The venue of the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships is located in North Bohemia just about halfway between Prague and Ústí nad Labem. There are several options how to get to Račice – whether you use a car, a train or a bike. 

The opening ceremony will take place on 23 August

2017 icf canoesprint worldchamp raciceAre you coming to the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Račice? Then you shouldn`t miss the opening ceremony that will take place on Wednesday, August 23rd at 5 p.m. in the venue. HERE you can check the planned daily schedule for each race day. There is no entry fee for the first day and opening ceremony. Tickets for the rest of the races days (Thursday to Sunday) are available online for a better price HERE.

Who are the sprint stars?

caringtonLisa Carrington followed her brothers into surfing as a kid. She also played netball but with her 168 centimetres she was too short to play this game as a professional. Finally, she fully focused on water sports. That’s how the kayaking phenomena Lisa Carrington was born.

She managed to gain two Olympic medals at single Olympics as the first New Zealand female athlete – in Rio she won gold medal in 200 m and bronze medal in 500 m. But as she says, it’s not the result what matters the most. Her main goal is to get better every time she gets into boat.

Olympic champion Doktor: Come to Račice, it will be worth it!

doktor fuksaMartin Doktor, the double Olympic champion in canoe sprint, has settled down in Račice thanks to great training opportunities. He rarely paddles nowadays but he still visits almost every competition that takes place at the Račice venue. And he will not miss the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in August.

What does it mean for you to have the World Championships almost behind your house?

“It means a lot to me! The World Championships in Račice in the Czech Republic should have been there long time ago. It’s a shame that it didn’t work until now. It would have been much better if it had happened in time of my professional career. But to be honest, it means a lot for Račice, for the Czech Canoe Union and for supporting our sport not only in the Czech Republic. Also it will be a bit easier for me.”

Accreditation for media is open until August 1st

racice vyber 173Journalists are welcome to place their accreditation requests for the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Račice via an electronic form HERE. Deadline is set for August 1st, 2017. In case you need accommodation, check more information HERE. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Look forward to watch top stars in Račice

poulsenDanish kayaker René Holten Poulsen is a triple world champion and six-time European champion. He graduated as a carpenter but since 2011 he has professionally focused on sport. He trains two to three times a day, three months in a year he spends abroad on training camps. Combination of strong-mindedness and willingness to train more and harder than others makes him one of the best kayakers in the world. Not in vain he’s called Powerhouse Poulsen.

Who’s who in the Czech K4 Team

img 6163Czech K4 has been successful with the same crew since the 2012 Olympic Games ito the last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, crew has changed this year. Nevertheless, Jakub Špicar, Daniel Havel, Radek Šlouf and Jan Štěrba gained two bronze medals at the World Cup races despite the fact that their major discipline has been shortened for just a half – 500 m instead of a kilometre. “We suit each other,” says Jakub Špicar, the medallist from junior and U 23 championships.

How Fuksa exchanged ice hockey for canoe sprint

fuksa me3As a small kid, Martin Fuksa dreamed that one day he would play ice hockey for New Jersey Devils in NHL. However, after a single hockey match he paradoxically decided to bring his desire to be the best into a family sport – canoe sprint. Since today he has gained two silver medals at the World Championships on one kilometre race, he’s the world champion on 500m and four-time in a row European champion on the same race. On top of that he won two World Cup races at the beginning of this season i Montemor.