Canoe Wales

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Canoe Wales (Welsh: Canŵ Cymru) is the national governing body for paddlesport in Wales.[1] It covers all branches of the sport from recreational canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and rafting to whitewater racing, slalom racing and wildwater racing; flatwater sprint racing and marathon racing; canoe sailing; canoe polo; surf kayaking and canoeing; and extreme racing. The organisation has over 1,800 individual members and a further 2,000 members through affiliated clubs and centres. Members of Canoe Wales are also by default members of British Canoeing.[2]

Canŵ Cymru
Canoe Wales
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AffiliationBritish Canoeing
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Formerly known as the Welsh Canoeing Association, it was in the past responsible for the formal access agreements on the Conwy, Glaslyn, Llwyd, Ogwr, Severn, Tawe, Tryweryn, Twrch, Usk and Wye and informal agreements on rivers and managed stillwaters. However, following conflicts of interest, it has disavowed access agreements and begun to seek a legislative solution to access problems hoping for a parallel to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.[3] It is also responsible for the rights of navigation agreements on sections of the Lugg, Severn and Wye. Canoe Wales organises competition at national and international level in all the canoeing and kayaking disciplines in Wales: freestyle; slalom; wild water racing; marathon racing; sprint racing; surf kayaking; and canoe polo.[4]


Canoe Wales manages Canolfan Tryweryn, the National Whitewater Centre near Bala, Gwynedd, where the organisation is based. The Afon Tryweryn is a dam released river, allowing water to flow when other rivers are running dry, providing a year-round white water venue.[5][6]

Canoe Wales is also a supporter of the Rivers Access Campaign, and has been seeking government approved statutory access to rivers for over 50 years.

Canoe Wales works with Cardiff Council to manage the Cardiff International White Water in the Cardiff International Sports Village.


  1. ^ "NGB websites:About us:Sport Wales-Chwaraeon Cymru". Sport Wales-Chwaraeon Cymru website. Sport Wales. 2010. Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Governing Bodies of Sport-Sports Council for Wales". Sport Wales Chwaraeon Cymru website. Sport Wales. 2007. Archived from the original on 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
  3. ^ "WCA Position Statement on Access to Inland Waters". Canoe Wales-Canw Cymru website. Canoe Wales-Canw Cymru. 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-08.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Canoe Wales-Canw Cymru". Canoe Wales-Canw Cymru website. Canoe Wales-Canw Cymru. 2009. Archived from the original on 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  5. ^ "Canoe Wales-Canw Cymru". Canoe Wales-Canw Cymru website. Canoe Wales-Canw Cymru. 2009. Archived from the original on 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  6. ^ "Whitewater Rafting and Adventure Activity Holiday Breaks at the National White". Canolfan Tryweryn website. Canolfan Tryweryn. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-22.

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