Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by British Canoeing

Selection Policy Consultation

Following agreement at the ACM to consult further regarding selection policy, amendments to the ranking matrix and actual paddler selection have been suggested as below.

Selection is available to anyone meeting the eligibility and competency requirements above.

Each class will be considered, and ranked, separately.

Paddlers will be ranked using one or more selection races. This will be done by awarding points.



Points for 1st


Points for 2nd


Points for 3rd


Points for 4th


Points for 5th


Points for 6th


Points for 7th


Points for 8th


Points for 9th


Points for 10th


Points for 11th


Only those seeking selection will be included in the ranking points system. Unless it has been stated that the same selection rankings will be used to select for multiple target races i.e. World Championships and European Championships, selection for each target race will be considered separately and the ranking will be for that target race only.
Ranking points will be awarded based on the results from a single race or the total points from a series of races. The higher the points score the higher the ranking. If this results in a tie, then the cumulative % behind the winner will be used to differentiate the athletes, with the lowest sum of % from each selection race giving the better ranking.




Athlete A results - 5th at 4.1%, 7th at 6.7% = 11pts and cumulative % = 10.8%


Athlete B results - 4th at 3.9%, 10th at 8.3% = 11pts and cumulative % = 12.2%


Athlete A will have a higher ranking.


If this still results in a tie, or selection is based on only a single race and there is a tie, then the selection committee will decide the outcome based on supporting information available at the meeting. Reference can be made but is not limited to: (in no particular order)


- Position in the second sprint run


- The current national ranking of the the athletes


- Athlete development


- Recent progress and development of the athletes


- Overall objectives of the target event


- Fit within the 4 year plan


- Coaches feedback and supporting information


- Trip size and resources available



Please let us know your views on this. Amendments have been made taking into account comments received from the ACM and the resulting consultation. All comments need to be sent by email no later than 31st Jan 2019 to:

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