Countdown to the Games
19-24 June 2022


Know your facts:

  • Unified Sports? Yes
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 73 athletes + 30 Unified partners

Kayaking is a water sport. The athletes sit in a boat and each have a paddle. They move the boat forward with the paddle . They can paddle alone or in pairs. The first to reach the finish line wins.

Special Olympics feature:

Special Olympics Kayaking uses touristic-type boats and professional boats, while in International Canoe Federation races, athletes only use professional boats. The touristic boats are more stable than professional flat-water racing kayaks.
Additionally, Special Olympics requires all athletes to pass a swimming test before races and requires that everyone wears a lifejacket during races.


We have seven competitions at National Games:

  1. Single Tourist kayak: 200m race
  2. Double Tourist kayak: 200m race
  3. Unified Sports® Double Tourist kayak: 200m race
  4. Unified Sports® Canadier: 200m race
  5. Unified Sports® Relay: 200m race
  6. Single Professional kayak: 200m race
  7. Unified Sports® Double Professional kayak: 200m race
Find all information about timings in the competition schedule.

For our kayaking competitions tickets are required.

On the photo, there are two happy athletes who lift their arms and paddels after the kayaking competition is finished.
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The photo shows two kayaks with two athletes each during competition. On one boat are two women and on the other one two men.
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The photo shows an athlete in action during a Kayaking competition.
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The photo shows two kayaks on the water.
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On the photo, there are two athletes in a kayak. The one up front is raising his fist in joy.
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Kayaking takes place at Grünau.