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COPAC Magazine 1st Edition / July 2020 Free Distribution



COPAC magazine is a digital magazine with quarterly publication and free distribution in four languages.


Jornalist Responsible Reports


CRISTOBAL MUÑOZ Traslator: Spanish and English


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MONA RODRIGUES Executive Secretary Translator: Spanish, English and Portuguese



CLODOALDO ZAFATOSKI Diagramming and editing




COPAC - Pan American Canoe Confederation is the entity that governs Canoe Sport in the Americas, currently having 27 active member countries and two invited territories, and is present in the three regions of the continent.

MEMBER COUNTRIES Argentina Belize Bolivia Brazil Canada

It aims to manage, promote, and represent Canoe on the American continent with the National Federations, promoting the practice of sport from initiation to high performance. Expanding the development of Canoe and stimulate the participation of teams from American countries in the Pan American / Parapan American Games and Olympic / Paralympic Games.


There are eight modalities: Canoe Sprint, Canoe Slalom, Paracanoe, Canoe Polo, Canoe Marathon, Canoe Freestyle, Canoe Ocean Racing and Canoe Wildwater.


The canoe and kayak were present long before the arrival of Europeans to American lands, the rescue of this ancient practice by our people with the meeting of Canoe sport currently unites our actions to further strengthen canoeing in the Americas. We live in a new moment that is being rewritten from now on, the strengthening of COPAC through science in sport, we are at the forefront of the development of sport from north to south of the continent.

Colombia Costa Rica Cuba Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador El Savador Guatemala Honduras

Mexico Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru

We are entering a new phase of COPAC, new challenges have been created, new goals that will transform Canoe in the Americas. This new step begins with the creation of the Pan American Canoe Institute, which will be a watershed in the training and education of new athletes. We know that knowledge is the fundamental part for us to have a promising future. Today we already have athletes, technical staff built by brilliant people who are an international reference, we now want to multiply these names, increase the number of countries in an organic and very solid way. In a few days, we paddle strongly thinking about this transformation, a dream of decades. Our communication will also be strengthened with this new magazine, we will have a new website, a change in our social networks, a new way to communicate. COPAC has always been a vanguard entity, in the recent past we had Dr. Cecília Farias as the first female leader, our governing body has always sought to compose by names from all regions of the Americas. We set up the Athletes’ Committee, because after all, they need to have voice in our decisions. The path trodden in the past is responsible today for our dreams that we are turning into reality. We will dream, but we also want to solidify, this is our legacy and the contribution to the development of Canoe on our continent. João Tomasini Schwertner COPAC President

Puerto Rico Sint Maarten Trinidad & Tobago Uruguay United State Of America Venezuela INVITED TERRITORIES French Guiana Guadeloupe July 2020 | COPAC Magazine |



JOÃO TOMASINI SCHWERTNER COPAC President ICF Executive Committee Member

CHARLES YATMAN Honorary President charlesluckman@att.net


MARTHA HERNANDEZ SANCHEZ Continental Representative - ICF marhs2359@gmail.com

Dr. CECILA FARIAS Honorary President ICF Vice-President dr.cecilia.farias.60@gmail.com

DWIGHT CORBIN First Vice-President








VICTOR RUIZ Continental Representative - ICF kayakvictor@yahoo.com

ICF Board Continental Representative


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CARLOS MUSLOW CAVADA Canoe Marathon cmuslow@gmail.com


KATHERINNE WOLLERMANN Paracanoe Committee President katherinne.wollermannn@gmail.com





SERGIO JOHANN DAVID DIAZ Canoe Sprint chechocanoa@gmail.com

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COVER STORY // Matheus Bez Batti and Fábio Canhete / Photos: Personal Collection of interviewed

COPAC creates the IPCa ENTITY THAT WILL UNITE PRACTICE WITH SCIENCE IN SPORT The IPCa – Pan American Canoe Institute aims to spread the technical knowledge and scientific production of Canoe. Integration, knowledge, and technology for sports.

The Scielo - Scientific Electronic Library Online platform is a popular search tool for scientific production. In it, the search for “canoe” reaches 18 results. In the same tool, the collection for other modalities is more numerous, such as judo, which reaches 79 or gymnastics, with 297 results. These results include articles and scientific productions addressing sports from the perspective of physiotherapy, nutrition and even psychology, in other words, there is a fertile field for research, with Canoe as an object of research, but it can be intensified. This is the proposal of the IPCa - Pan American Canoe Institute, to encourage the practice of Canoe by sharing quality technical information. 6

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“Especially in these early stages, our idea is to make materials and courses available free of charge and online. Certain materials will be restricted to the National Federations.

“There is an immense challenge when we want the institute to operate in an integrated manner with all the Americas. This is an embryo to strengthen Canoe on the continent. This will allow us to bring knowledge to areas that do not have as much access. We have many possibilities here”

Fátima Fernandes

Thiago Borges

IPCa General Coordinator Classification Chief

IPCa Canoe Sprint and Canoe Marathon Coordinator

Created by COPAC - Pan American Canoe Confederation, IPCa has a bold and innovative proposal. It will offer training in four distinct fundamental areas to the promotion of Canoe: Coaches; Officiating; Paracanoe Managers and Classifiers, all offered in a distance education format and translated into English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, comprising all 41 countries affiliated with Panam Sports, 27 active members of

COPAC and two invited territories, working so that Canoe reaches all the countries of the Americas. The expectation is that the training starts in July, online. According to the general coordinator of the IPCa, Fátima Fernandes, most of the material will be shared free of charge. Fátima also explains that the first step of the project was to examine

the sport across America. With the help of the National Federations, the IPCa has promoted research where it analyzes and gathers scientific production in different regions of the continent, as well as the development of Canoe at its different levels. The idea is to analyze and report good practices in a technical way. A successful project can be replicated via Internet through the Distance Learning platform, where only one July 2020 | COPAC Magazine |


teacher could train anyone in any part of the continent. The project is embryonic, however has long-term intentions. To foster scientific production, there is an intention to partner with Universities. The objective is to provide from research extension projects to graduate programs focused on Canoe. The IPCa will have resources from ICF - International Canoe Federation through the “Development Program� which aims to strengthen Canoe in developing countries with the objective of concentrating strategies through policies for sustainable growth to seek international results with gender 8

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equality and educational programs. When launching the Institute, COPAC is seeking the best existing practices to condense into classes aimed at the reality of the Americas, unifying nomenclatures, and teaching criteria. In addition to the indispensable financial support from ICF, the Pan American Canoe Institute will count on the support of 30 professionals from various countries, from the Royal Spanish Canoe Federation and sports scholars who will also contribute, such as the Australian writer Ian Beasley, author of Canoe Polo books. Ian Beasley made his collection available for IPCa to translate and use in the assembly of the Canoe

Polo classes, which will be used for the initial levels of Canoe Slalom. In his written content he addresses several topics, from basic to high performance. In the American continent, despite having great names in the world, there is a lack of athletes in various Canoe disciplines. This limited number of practitioners also results in technical shortages, which significantly reduces the possibility of finding new talents. The Pan American Canoe Institute comes as a proposal to use a methodology that makes it possible to learn the main fundamentals of the sport horizontally and at low cost, thus facilitating access to methodologies online for all member countries.

“I ended up redirecting my efforts and studying more than training”

The incentive to scientific production on the sport also motivated Thiago. He started canoeing in 1995, at the age of 14, without expectation. However, he stood out in Canoe Sprint and Canoe Marathon in competitions in Brazil and in 15 more countries. In the São Paulo Canoe Sprint Championship, between 1997 and 2001, he conquered

“The motivation changes, depending on the position you are in. When I decided that I would no longer be a competitive athlete, it was because I was interested in being a researcher and trainer in the sport” “I thought I would have several books at my disposal, but that was not the reality. I found little. There were some scientific articles that did not meet my expectations, others were outdated”

consecutive podiums paddling in the categories K1, K2 and K4. In the South American Canoe Sprint Championship, he was a medalist in 1997 and 1998, being champion in 1999. Altogether, 25 years are dedicated to sport. The possibility of analyzing the Canoe in a new perspective emerged during the period of Physical Education bachelor. The passion for canoeing influenced him when choosing the course. He envisioned that within the program he would find theoretical basis on Canoe, which would help him in his capacitation as a coach. He ended up finding what he was looking for by participating in study groups, congresses, and scientific initiation programs. He came to know the science behind the paddles. He admits that in this period, the pleasure of paddling was left aside, being replaced by books. The next steps were a master’s degree at UEL – Londrina State University (Universidade Estadual de Londrina) and a doctor’s degree at Unicamp – The University of Campinas (Universidade Estadual de Campinas) and AIS - Australian Institute of Sport, inspired by the theoretical gaps that he found, as an athlete and as a researcher.

“We want to be able to count on a greater number of countries in America practicing the Canoe Polo, and who knows, one day, we can put our beloved discipline in the Olympic Games”

Miguel Arce

IPCa Canoe Polo Studies Coordinator

COPAC’s collective sport, the Canoe Polo also has its facilities when it comes to practicing, can be played and swimming pools, the Argentine Miguel Arce was an athlete and today he is a manager who breathes the sport in his daily life, in Argentina they developed a method used in Australia and today many schools in his country participate. Arce will be the coordinator of the Canoe Polo studies at IPCa to help other countries in their development, he has a big dream. July 2020 | COPAC Magazine |


will be made available to IPCa, his contribution will leave the borders of Foz do Iguaçu and will help the development of American continent countries.

“Anyone who is really involved in Canoe wants to see kids in the water”

Argos Gonçalves Dias Rodrigues Coordinator Canoe Slalom

A project born in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil in 2009 took the practice of Canoe Slalom for underprivileged youngsters in the city, at first the work was carried out in swimming pools and later went to the Itaipu Canal, an artificial track of the modality that hosted two World Championships, in 2007 a Senior Championship and in 2015 a Junior & Under-23 Championship. Argos Gonçalves Dias Rodrigues is the coordinator of the project, currently with 600 children who mix the practice of Canoe Slalom and the Canoe Polo. He developed videos and a handout to improve the teaching methodology for his teachers, his content has a theoretical basis based on the best Canoe schools in the world, today this material 10 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

“Anyone who is really involved in Canoe wants to see kids in the water. A sport where the continental champions are the same for 10 years means that there is not really organized and productive base, especially if these champions are not part of the world elite. It is a bold methodological experience at COPAC, whose main objective is the quantitative increase of athletes and an organization with a view to qualitative improvement. On the day that American countries start to rise in the international ranking, I will be very happy to know that I was able to contribute to this new reality”, he says.

“It is the sport that I believe in”

The definition of a strategic plan to promote sports is the result of intense experiences in Canoe. The coordinator, Fátima Fernandes for example, has already visited 30 countries working in the functional classification or sharing knowledge. For her it is the time to identify and add names that can contribute to the IPCa and Canoe in an integrated way. Fátima explains that her contact with the Canoe started through working with people with disabilities. Graduated in Physical Education and Physiotherapy, she taught Adapted Physical Education, it was when she started to get involved with parasports

“I found the sport by chance and it absorbed me. It won me over for it is benefits as a rehabilitation tool. It is the sport that I believe in”.

Fátima Fernandes,

IPCa General Coordinator Classification Chief

in different modalities until she got to know the Canoe, working with classification and high performance. During the preparation of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Fátima was Service Manager of Canoe Slalom and in the Paralympic Games she acted as Classification Manager for all sports. This was the first edition with paracanoe athletes. She was also the only Brazilian among the research team that changed the Functional Classification system of the ICF - International Canoe Federation. Currently, she is Head of Functional Classification at ICF. “Canoe is a sport for everyone, regardless of age, gender, with or without disabilities”


FATIMA FERNANDES General Coordinator



ALLAN MACDONALD Canoe Sprint Officiating



Paracanoe Coach Discipline History


MARC CREAMER Paracanoe Coach



Paracanoe / Anatomy Paralympic movement


CARLOS MUSLOW Canoe Marathon Refereeing





Spanish and English Translator




OTHON DIAZ VALENZUELA Mananger Course Coordinator



Canoe Sprint, Canoe Marathon and Paracanoe Coordinator



MIGUEL ARCE Canoe Polo Coordinator

DIEGO HERNÁN CANEPA Canoe Sprint and Canoe Marathon Coach




DENIS TEREZANI Canoe Slalom Refereeing


THIAGO PUPPO Paracanoe Coach





Paracanoe Discipline History


CÉSAR LENGUA HUERTAS Paracanoe Discipline Technology





Canoe Polo Bibliographic Collection



Spanish and English Translator


ALEJANDRO DRUZIUK Paracanoe Discipline History


BEGOÑA RODRIGUEZ Canoe Marathon Referreing




Spanish, English and Portuguese Transalor



English and Portuguese Translator





French Translator

French Translator

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PAN AMERICAN TOUR // LIVES COPAC - Matheus Bez Batti / Photos: Fábio Canhete - COPAC

COPAC Lives gather sport names and evokes optimism from those who dedicate to Canoe “I think this is the time to see each other and see if everyone is well” explains Sérgio Navarro Covid-19 has mixed reality. Amid insecurity and isolation, ‘Lives’ emerged as the main entertainment option during quarantine. There are ‘Lives’ broadcasts of artistic presentations, debates, classes and more. It just takes an idea and internet connection. In the midst of this, Canoe became the main topic of chats promoted by COPAC. Transmitted by instagram social midia the COPAC, the 2nd vice president of the Confederation, Sérgio Navarro, directly from Venezuela, talks to important names in the sport. For Navarro, the idea came from a simple factor 12 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

“I was seeing a lot of other people’s chats, but nothing about Canoe. I think this is the time to gather kayakers, to see each other and see if everyone is well”

“Every day I learn something new. The guests talk about where they came from and how they got there. People I have worked with for a long time, but I did not know so much about them, their families, work, business”

“We need to stay alive to see our friends. I believe that our meeting after the pandemic will be a party. We will celebrate that we are all well, that we have overcome this invisible enemy”.

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Lives COPAC Sérgio understands the Canoe universe well. He started his sporting experience in Volleyball and started paddling in 1983 while studying law at ‘Universidad Central de Venezuela’. Sérgio was one of the first canoeists in the country, who only entered the competitive circuits of the continent in the 90’s. “While I didn’t have great achievements as an athlete internationally, I started an early career as a sports director” explains Sérgio, who came to occupy the post of president of the Venezuela’ Canoe Federation between 2002 and 2009.



“This can’t stop. It is a new way to get close to your friends, to visit them at home without moving. We do not have to see each other once or twice a year when we meet at an international competition or congress. Lives are a need we must talk about”.

Even so, he says that interviewing an average of 10 prominent names in the sport monthly became a moment of learning. For him, thinking about the return of sports calendars, Canoe meetings and congresses in a post-pandemic world should serve as an inspiration to all who dedicate themselves to the sport. July 2020 | COPAC Magazine | 13

PAN AMERICAN TOUR // ATHLETES COMMITTEE - Fábio Canhete Photos: Personal Collection / Brazil Olympic Committee | Panam Sports

COPAC forms the Athletes Committee to make the organization even more democratic Altogether there are four members who will be able to contribute to the decisions with the board of directors. The Pan American Canoe Confederation guaranteed the formation of the Athletes Committee for the 2019-2023 quadrennium, and has four representatives, three of which are Olympic sports and one that represents all non-Olympic sports at COPAC. The four athletes are: Ana Sátila from Canoe Slalom, Brasil, Sérgio Johann David Diaz from Canoe Sprint, Colombia, Katherinne Wollermann from Paracanoe, Chile and Melina Alonso from Canoe Polo. The elected people know their role and how important it is to represent athletes in the Americas, they will have an active voice in COPAC activities and will be able to contribute to the actions with a special look, the canoeist look who lives in the sport on a daily basis.

Katherinne Wollermann Paracanoe | Chile

Ana, Katherinne, Melina and Sérgio have dreams and want to contribute to the development of American Canoe.

The four members are working to give voice to all the disciplines, they will have a mandate until 2023. The COPAC’s Statute already states for this commission, but because it did not have membership in other periods, it did not get formed, now the main objective is to strengthen this group so that athletes have more voice in the entity.

“I wish that everyone could guarantee that Paralympic sports have equality in all aspects” Katherinne Wollermann

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Chilean Katherinne Wollermann is from Paracanoe and has competed for the KL1 Female for eight years, she believes that having such a commission is helping to improve the sport. She was elected president of the COPAC Athletes Committee. “I want to help the reality of sport in the Americas, in our case of Paracanoe we need to make progress to give athletes more conditions. It is important that we know the things they do and the decisions they make, because we are the ones who form all of this and, also our teams”

“My dream is to be able to help these athletes by providing better structure and training,” Ana Sátila

Ana Sátila

Canoe Slalom | Brazil

Ana Sátila Brazilian athlete from Canoe Slalom believes that the initiative has a fundamental role, at the same time she analyzes that it has an important obligation, for her the members of the commission are in charge of carrying forward the idea of a whole modality. “The athletes’ voice is extremely important for the sporting entity, I believe that both must walk together and help each other, only in this way can we develop and improve our sport. The athlete has a large sport experience to share with the organization, it only brings benefits to the sport”


Canoe Polo | Argentina

Elected a few days ago, Melina Alonso will represent the canoeists of the five non-Olympic sports. She is already a born leader, since 2016 she has been the captain of the Argentine National Canoe Polo Team. Her passion is huge for her sport and she works day by day to drive sports development, so she believes that being part of the Athletes’ Committee will be another chapter written in her career. “We started to write the story of a great book, I am convinced that this is the path for the new generations of players and therefore it will depend on the present, and that is why I am here”

“we nee to row a lot and united to build a good future for Canoeing” Melina Alonso

Sérgio Johann David Diaz Canoe Sprint | Colombia

The Colombian Sergio Johann David Diaz has been in Canoe Sprint for 13 years, since 2009 he represents the Colombian National Team in canoe. He believes that the creation of this group could help to improve the growth of Canoe. “I see a very important growth in sports and professional level, year by year we are demonstrating sport quality and this we can be evaluated with the results in the participation of many COPAC athletes in the worlds in 2019. Conditions are improving little by little in several countries and this is driving more investment. We still have a lot to grow, but we are on the way”.

“One day I would like to see two or three Pan American boats in the finals of the Olympic Games, fighting for a medal” Sérgio Johann David Diaz

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Photos: Panam Sports | Brazil Olympic Committee | Fábio Canhete - COPAC

2019 Major Pan American Events Five disciplines had editions of continental events that brought together athletes from different countries in the Americas Four events moved the disciplines in competitions in the Americas. The Pan American Games hosted the Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom disputes, Brazil hosted two other events, the Pan American Canoe Polo Championship in São Miguel Arcanjo in the state of São Paulo and also the Pan American Canoe Ocean Racing Championship in Salvador da Bahia. In Argentina there was the Pan American Canoe Marathon Championship in Comarca Viedma in Patagonia, great results aligned with remarkable events. 16 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

Every four years, the Pan American Games always bring a different glow to American disputes, and the Lima 2019 Pan American Games edition was no different. In Canoe Sprint the dispute took place in the Albufera del Medio Mundo Natural Park, three hours’ drive from Lima. The event was unforgettable for Argentina, which dominated and won four gold medals, one silver and two bronzes.

Canada also achieved an important result and ended the competition with three golds, five silvers and two bronzes. Cuba secured two golds, two silvers and a bronze. Mexico won one gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Brazil returned home with a gold medal and two bronzes. United States a gold and Chile with two silvers and Ecuador with a silver.

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Canoe Slalom General Table of Medals

Brazil USA Argentina Canada Mexico


The Canoe Slalom took place in the Lunahuana region, the dispute happened on the CaĂąete River, two hours away from Lima, the beautiful landscapes inspired the Brazilians who won four gold medals and one bronze. The United States ended with two golds, two silvers and a bronze. Argentina won three silvers, Canada one silver and two bronzes and Mexico secured two bronze medals.












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Brazil hosted two Pan American Championships

Canoe Polo Senior Male


The Pan American Canoe Polo Championship was held in the municipality of São Miguel Arcanjo, in the interior of the State of São Paulo in Brazil. The event took place in November and was attended by 100 athletes representing five countries: Brazil, Argentina, French Guiana, Canada, and the United States. There were three categories disputed, in the Men Senior the United States went to the final with Brazil and secured the gold medal. Among women, Canada took the best and in the Under-21 category French Guiana took the gold medal.


Senior Female



General Table of Medals

U-21 Male


Canoe Ocean Racing






















In December in Salvador in the state of Bahia, it was Pan American Canoe Ocean Racing Championship turn, with approximately 100 athletes competing in the individual events and 40 athletes competing in doubles, five countries were in the dispute that had a 23 km course. Brazil, the host country was the winner, followed by Argentina, Sint Maarten and Chile. General Table of Medals


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Canoe Marathon/South | American and Pan American Championship

Canoe Marathon in the Argentine Patagonia With the presence of four countries, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela, the Pan American Canoe Marathon Championship was organized in November 2019 in the city of Comarca Viedma Patagones, in the Patagonia region of Argentina. The dispute was in Rio Negro in a circuit of 3800 meters and had eight categories. Chileans led the ranking of medals with four gold, three silver and one bronze, followed by Argentines with four gold, one silver and three bronze. Uruguay secured two silvers. General Table of Medals

K1 Marathon Male Junior

K1 Marathon Male U-23

K2 Marathon Female Senior

C1 Marathon Male U-23

C1 Marathon Male Junior

K1 Marathon Male Senior

C1 Marathon Female Cadets

C1 Marathon Male Senior

In 2020, COPAC - Pan American Canoe Confederation due to the COVID-19 pandemic suspended all its scheduled events such as the Pan American Canoe Ocean Racing Championship that would be held in Sint Maarten, also the two events planned for Brazil: the Pan American Canoe Slalom Championship in Rio de Janeiro and the Pan American Canoe Sprint Championship in Curitiba. The Pan American Paracanoe Championship scheduled for November in Montevideo is still under evaluation. July 2020 | COPAC Magazine | 21

“Lima 2019 fueled the Peruvian sports passion, allowing to know other sports beyond the traditional ones, in addition to the recognition of all the athletes who obtained excellent participation and optimal results”

Juan Carlos Abanto

CEO of the Peruvian Canoe Sports Federation

PAN AMERICAN TOUR // LIMA LEGACY 2019 - Matheus Bez Batti / Photos: Brazil Olympic Committee | Panam Sports

A look at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, what was the legacy for Canoe in the country? “Lima 2019 fueled the Peruvian sports passion”, says Juan Carlos Abanto At the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, the hosts qualified nine athletes, five in Canoe Sprint (4 women and 1 man) and four more in Canoe Slalom (2 women and 2 men). They did not make it to the podium, but for Juan Carlos Abanto, CEO of the Peruvian Canoe Sports Federation (“Federación Deportiva Peruana de Canotaje” - FDPC), the conquests made surpassed the disputes on the racing course. The legacy of the Canoe competitions is divided into two points: the Albufera de Medio Mundo Natural Park, in Huacho, which hosted the Canoe Sprint events, ​​ and the Canoe Slalom events, which were held on the Cañete River, in Lunahuaná. 22 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

Regarding the Cañete River, Abanto says that the infrastructure of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games occurred in a scenario that was already emerging as such. “The before and after is remarkable. Lunahuana has always stood out as a reference for Canoe Slalom in Peru, both for its natural conditions and for the great active and permanent participation of athletes and sports fans. It has now been validated as the Peruvian epicenter of Canoe Slalom and Extreme Canoe Slalom, thanks to the substantial improvements in the design and implementation of a world-class competitive course, provided by Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

Lunahuana was established as a training center for the national team, with all the necessary elements and accessories of a complete course and is awaiting the completion of administrative procedures between the Lima 2019 Legacy Area and the Federation, to receive as a donation, all the infrastructure related to Canoe Slalom. For Abanto, Huacho begins to appear on competitive circuits, in addition to being the training venue, all of this coordinated with the Pan American Canoe Confederation (COPAC), essential to guarantee the logistics of operations. “For Canoe Sprint, in Huacho, we have a proven

international competitive venue, with the possibility of organizing international events at the level of the American Continent, as well as generating training camps for the national team, since it provides appropriate conditions. In addition, as part of the planning of our Federation, we evaluate venues of the same or even better technical conditions that will be properly explored, for example, La Laguna de Sauce in San Martín region, where we are already developing Canoe Sprint with sport equipment, materials and technical personnel that guarantee the performing of Canoe Sprint ”.

With so many expectations, Abanto considers that the growth process of the Peruvian Canoe is slow, but secure.

“There are great projects for which we work in coordination with all the stakeholders, from athletes to leadership and sports organizations, which allows us to guarantee massive exponential participation, leading to the strengthening of this sport as a Federation.”

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PAN AMERICAN TOUR // WORLD CHAMPIONS - Fábio Canhete Photos: Brazil Olympic Committee | International Canoe Federation


continent athletes made history in 2019

The United States and Brazil had unsurpassed canoeists; they showed the Pan American strength to the world.

2019 was marked by the conquest of world championships by athletes from our continent, in Canoe Sprint Isaquias Queiroz and Nevi Harrison, Paracanoe Luis Carlos Cardoso and five canoeists in Freestyle, Dane Jackson, Clay Wright, Mason Hargove, Jordan Poffenberger and Rose Wall. Behind these achievements, each athlete builds his story in Canoeing. Isaquias Queiroz secured his first gold medal in the Men’s 1000 meters at the World Canoe Sprint Championship in Szeged in Hungary, this result was also unprecedented for his country, Brazil. Previously in the same Olympic category, he had already won bronze medals in the 2013, 2017 and 2018 editions. But this was not the only Brazilian achievement in Szeged, alongside Erlon de Souza for the 1000 meters C2 Men, they were also on the podium with the bronze medal and the place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Altogether Isaquias has accumulated 12 medals in world championships in his career, two silver and one bronze won at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 24 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

“It was incredible to win this medal, to row in two races, C1 and C2 is very tiring, it is a work of race strategy. At the beginning I found it complicated, I was paddling very dynamically and when I got close to the final 250meters I saw that the podium was mine. The C2 race also gave me more confidence to win one more medal”.

Isaquias Queiroz

Canoe Sprint

The same world championship was remarkable for the young Nevi Harrison of United States, only 17 years old at the time, she won the gold medal in the dispute of the Women’s 200 meters C1. With this feat she became the first American woman to win a World Canoe Sprint Championship.

“I got to know the Canoe in a summer camp where we tried many different sports, I was 11 years old. When I got into the canoe I was sure I was going to fall, but I managed to balance myself, when I got out of the water everyone was surprised and said that I had to go back next week, and if I didn’t show up they would pick me up at home”, comments the athlete.

Despite being so young, the path was long for the athlete, she had to overcome a physical problem that made her stop paddling early in her career but returned to training at the age of 15. She was the big surprise of the Canoe World Championship in Sgezed in Hungary, she ended up being unbeatable when she crossed the finish line in 49.30 seconds. “I think the secret to my success is to love the sport and really enjoy the training,” she says. In addition to the medal she also secured a spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, being one of the favorites for the podium, she wants to keep her name in the history of Canoe.

Nevi Harrison

“Sport will be a part of my life forever and I am very grateful to people who trusted my skills and helped me become the world champion.”

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“Paracanoe brought back that joy that I felt on stage. I started with physiotherapy. I wanted to recover. It was love at first sight”

Luis Carlos Cardoso


Clay Wright

Canoe Freestyle Juniores

The Brazilian Luis Carlos Cardoso is once again world champion At the Paracanoe World Championship the American continent was very well represented, the Brazilian Luis Carlos Cardoso won the gold medal for the Men’s 200 meters VL2, in another race for the Men’s 200 meters KL1 came a bronze. “I dedicated this victory to my coach Akos because this special place is his home (the coach of the Brazilian Team Akos Angyal is Hungarian)”, he says. 26 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

Luis Carlos’ story with Paracanoe came through an opportunity to turn another page of his life, until 2009, his passion was dance. “It was nine years. I traveled a lot doing shows with forró bands, a common musical style in the region of northeastern Brazil. I danced with Frank Aguiar’s group (famous artist from Brazil)”, he recalls. But in December 2009, he became paraplegic after contracting schistosomiasis. While he was bedridden, he suffered another blow: the death of his mother. “She was always my number one fan. Everything indicated that I should stop, give up ...”. But that was when the sport entered in the Brazilian’s life.

USA secure five Freestyle World Champions in 2019 The Freestyle World Championship had seven podiums in all, of these seven, five were won by athletes from the United States, a great result for the entire continent. Clay Wright was the best in the K1 Men Squirt, famous worldwide for his more than 50 videos in Extreme Canoe, the athlete accumulates other world titles in his career in the years 1997, 2013, 2017 and now 2019. He is also the coach of the Freestyle United States Team.

“I want to be the best, as no one has ever been. Achieving this is my real test, training for it is my cause” Dane Jackson

K1 Male Freestyle

Jordan Poffenberger Open Canoe Freestyle

Dane Jackson secured another title for the K1 Men Freestyle, the athlete has Canoe in his blood, his father Eric Jackson was an Olympic rower and founder of the company Jackson Kayaks. Dane dominated almost all junior world titles early in his career and is now one of the top names in the world in Freestyle. At the Open Freestyle, Jordan Poffenberger also won the gold medal, the civil engineering student started to row at the age of 13, and always had a great winning spirit.

Mason Hargrove

K1 Male Freestyle Junior

Young Mason Hargrove is also on the right track, he won the gold medal in the K1 Men Freestyle Junior. Since the age of three he played football but ended up choosing to focus only on Freestyle. “Kayak gives me the opportunity to express myself and be creative. Every day in the water I have the possibility to train professionally, but also to spend quality time with my family, meet so many amazing people and experience really cool places ”, he says.

Rose Wall

K1 Female Squirt

There was also a champion female representative, the athlete Rose Wall for the K1 Women Squirt, she started paddling at the age of 23, but she learned about the sport through friends and today it is a worldwide phenomenon. These are the continent’s world champions, a great power that attracts the attention of the whole world.

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PAN AMERICAN TOUR // TRAINING CAMP - Fábio Canhete Photos: : Fábio Canhete - COPAC | Confederação Brasileira de Canoagem | Federação Mexicana de Canoagem

PANAM Sports and COPAC in the development of Canoe on the continent through the Training Camp Actions carried out in both Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint provided a training season for athletes from different countries that had repercussions on results Some paddlers had a very important help in the result improvement at the Pan American Games Lima 2019, the Training Camp, a program that was part of the Strategic Sports Plan that contributed to countries in the region that need more support to develop sports and athletes. The partnership was an initiative of Panam Sports, COPAC - Pan American Confederation of Canoe and had the support of ICF - International Canoe Federation. 28 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

In Canoe Slalom the work started with a training period before the Pan American Canoe Slalom Championship held in Três Coroas, Brazil. 18 athletes were benefited from six countries: Venezuela, Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and Costa Rica. To train them, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) appointed two local technicians: Édrei Ascensio and João Vitor Machado. The team had 30 days of training. With good training, the result came with podiums, the athlete Sofia Reinoso had the best performance among the canoeists of the program and secured two bronze medals: one for the K1 Women and another for the K1 Women Extreme Canoe Slalom in the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Axi Fonseca, from Costa Rica, took 5th place in the Men’s K1 and reached the semifinal of the K1 Men Extreme Canoe Slalom. He believes that the training period he had months before the competition helped his results. Constanza Nobis, a 17-yearold from Chile, who also participated in the training group, says that the program is the “best of all worlds” as an athlete.

“We noticed an evolution of these athletes who did not have so much tradition in Canoe Slalom in their country, now we can already evaluate a development in Mexican athletes for example, it is very important for our sport to grow in our continent” João Vitor Machado Coach

“I am very happy with my result, it helped me a lot to be training almost a month in Brazil. Training is essential and this project was very important for my result” Axi Fonseca,19

“For us this is very important, especially a country like mine where there are many athletes who want to paddle, but there is still a little support, and being able to be here motivates us a lot to keep rowing and helps us to grow much more in this sport”, Constanza Nobis, 17 July 2020 | COPAC Magazine | 29

Canoe Sprint had trainings in México Nine countries were able to participate with athletes and coaches to seek knowledge at the Canoe Sprint Training Camp. Representatives from Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Dominica, Peru, Belize, Bolivia and Costa Rica, were at the MEXHA Training Center, in the structure of the Mexican Canoe Federation located on the Olympic Rowing and Canoeing track “Virgílio Uribe”, in Cuemanco, Mexico City. The training period lasted 10 days, with 24 participants and aimed to improve the level of athletes who participated in the Lima 2019 Pan American Games and provide development to coaches. The course was ministered by German coach Jochen Gunther Otto Zühlke, who coached the German Canoe team at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he secured two gold medals and a bronze medal. For João Tomasini Schwertner, president of the Pan American Canoe Confederation, the strategy helps countries to further develop the sport. 30 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

“I see Training Camps as fundamental; we received all the assistance from Panam Sports that paid for the food and accommodations of these athletes. We gave all the support to the athletes who, in turn, had a great development with these periods. We certainly help to strengthen their talents!” João Tomasini Schwertner COPAC President

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PAN AMERICAN TOUR // THE FEMALE STRENGTH - Matheus Bez Batti / Photos: Personal collection

The invisible barriers for women in Canoe and an overview of the female presence in the sport “Nobody says openly that we can’t do something or that we should abstain from some place. It’s like an unwritten code” explains Cecilia Farias, a Canoe pioneer. Not long-ago the female presence at the Women’s Canoe in Pan American Games editions was a request from the participants themselves. The races occurred outside the competition’s schedules. “They happened at lunchtime or when the competitions were over. Probably, I was the only one watching them. I was determined to encourage them” recalls Dr. Cecilia Liliana Farias, responsible for the request for inclusion of the Women’s Olympic Canoe in the program of the Pan American Games Toronto 2015. The achievement is one of the many milestones that Cecilia accumulates in a life dedicated to gender equity at Canoe. 32 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

At the time, Cecilia held the position of president of the Pan American Canoe Confederation (COPAC). The path was long until the position that guaranteed voice and protagonism in such an important step for the sport. Born in Argentina, she started paddling in 1974, at Argentine Canoe Club (Club Argentino de Canotaje), at the age of 14 and quickly realized that the attention and support were exclusive “I consider that the fact that I didn’t receive equal opportunities at that time, ended up being the catalyst for me to do what I did throughout my career”.

to the male team, which consequently produced the best results. For her, sport reflected Argentine society at the time. Even so, Cecilia delivered results, being one of the first women to compete in Canoe, she was Argentine champion in K2 and K4. She remembers that the club where she used to paddle received a sixmonth suspension from the Argentine National Federation.

“I was still a girl, but I found it a huge sanction and I thought to myself ‘someday I’ll be president of the federation’”

Cecilia went further, became president of the Pan American Canoe Confederation (COPAC), vice president of the International Canoe Federation (ICF), and vice president of the Association of Pan American Sports Confederations (ACODEPA). In all these positions, she was the first woman to occupy them. Throughout her career, she balanced between the profession of lawyer, mother, and her passion for Canoe. Since her start in the sport, Cecilia participates in initiatives to promote a safe environment for women. In 2012, as COPAC’ president, she was a signatory to the “Brighton Declaration on

“There is no way to overcome these barriers in an individual effort. A joint movement of people is needed to understand this situation. So, we open these doors for women who will succeed me, who are many and who are, above all, capacitated”.

women and sport.” Today, she is responsible for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the ICF (International Canoe Federation) and one of the authors of a project to protect against harassment and abuse of women, children, and para athletes in Canoe. Cecilia is also official for Canoe Sprint, Canoe Slalom and Canoe Marathon, participating intensively in World Championships since 1998 and in Olympic Games since 2004. For her, there are still many limitations for women in the sport, especially in relation to decisionmaking positions in National and International Federations.

While the number of women athletes and coaches continues to grow, the female presence in national federations has decreased.

“I believe that we cannot look superficially, wondering if there are or not and how many women are in each area of the Canoe. We need to talk about choices. This is freedom. Anyone should have the right to choose what they like and to exercise it responsibly, capacitating themselves to do so” points out.

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NATIONAL FEDERATIONS // CANADA - FĂĄbio Canhete / Photos: Canoe Kayak Canada

Canada a Canoe power for 120 years The second oldest federation in the Americas. CKC makes history in Canoe with the best athletes in the world until today. The Canadian entity was founded in 1900, at the time it was called the Canadian Canoe Association, it is the second oldest federation in the Americas. Canadian clubs were originally members of the ACA – American Canoe Association, in the United States and founded in 1890, the oldest on the continent. Currently under the name CKC - Canoe Kayak Canada, the federation has 87 member clubs and an audience of 40,000 rowers. 36 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

Throughout its history, CKC has had great names that have won many medals at the Olympic Games, such as the pioneering medalists at the Paris 1924 Olympic Games George Duncan and Roy Nurse, athletes from the time when Canoe was just a demonstration sport. Throughout its existence, there have been 25 Olympic medalists in Canoe that have secured 12 gold, 20 silver and 15 bronze medals. There were also great achievements at international

events, an evolution of results that is confused with the history of Canoe in the World. The Canoe Kayak Canada contemplates several modalities, such as Canoe Sprint, Canoe Slalom, Canoe Marathon, Wildwater, Canoe Ocean Racing, Dragon Boat, Canoe Polo, Paracanoe, Freestyle, Recreational Rowing, SUP, Sailing, and an exclusive Canadian discipline the War Canoe.

A country that does not miss opportunities and knew how to take advantage of the legacy in the realization of great events as it happened in the Pan American Games Toronto 2015, for Casey Wade, chief executive of CKC, there was a considerable investment to host the biggest event in the Americas and for it was important to build on the legacy. “We have had a significant improvement in Minden (Canoe Slalom) and Welland (Canoe Sprint), these locations continue to promote high standard events and have become the training venues for a new generation of athletes in both disciplines”, he comments.

Competitions pause because of the pandemic in 2020 With the news of the COVID-19 pandemic, CKC had to make changes to its training schedule, the Canoe Sprint athletes were doing a preseason in Florida, United States. “With this health problem in the world, our athletes returned home and were quarantined,” says Casey. The Canadian Olympic Committee decided to cancel the athletes’ participation in events this year, but the preparation continues in the canoeists’ places of origin. “Our hope is that at the end of this summer (in the northern hemisphere), we will be able to return to training the national teams”, adds Casey. For the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the country already has several qualified athletes. In Canoe Sprint, it has already secured nine quotas for three categories: K4 Men, K4 Women, and C1 Women, the definition of the names that will represent the country will be out at the Olympic tryouts in March 2021. In Paracanoe, Canada also won the KL2 Women quota.

“With this health problem in the world, our athletes returned home and were quarantined”.

In Canoe Slalom, there are already three of the four quotas available, with their representatives being Cam Smedley in the Men’s C1, Michael Taylor in the Men’s K1 and Florence Maheu in the Women’s K1. “We are going to seek the last spot of the Women’s C1 in the Pan American Canoe Slalom Championship in Rio de Janeiro in 2021”, explains Casey. With Tokyo in the final stretch, the country has already started thinking

about the next Olympic cycle, investing heavily already thinking about Paris 2024, with investment and good training in the athletes who will be the Olympic hope of the future, “We had our best at the World Junior Canoe Sprint Championship in 2019, many of these athletes will be part of the Olympic preparation, we will invest in training opportunities by participating in international competitions. July 2020 | COPAC Magazine | 37


NATIONAL FEDERATIONS // DOMINICA - FĂĄbio Canhete / Photos: Dominica Canoeing and Kayaking Association

Dominica, small in size, but big in canoeing. The Caribbean island created its National Canoe Federation in 2018 and already has 10 affiliated associations. With just over 74 thousand inhabitants, Dominica is one of the smallest countries in America, but with great actions in the practice of canoeing. Created in 2018, DCKA Dominica Canoeing and Kayaking Association- is the country’s National Canoeing Federation. Its mission is to search and develop competitive athletes for the Olympic Games and also for the Pan American Games, and at the same time, increase the largest possible number of national athletes. 38 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

Its growth formula is through the inclusion of Canoeing in the national school system, transforming it into an extracurricular hobby. DCKA also works to include women in sports activities. This vision is the result of studies carried out in the country, which indicate a low rate of women in water sports. After the effort made by the entity, there are currently 20 girls between 13 and 17 years old who participate in canoeing.

With a territory of 750 square kilometers, the island in the Caribbean region of the West Indies currently has 10 affiliated entities, six of them being school clubs, each with an average of 15 athletes. The organization also has four elite clubs, with six athletes in each of them. In 2019, two national athletes participated in the Canoe Sprint World Championships held in Hungary. In 2019, COPAC, together with the ICF, donated 10 Nelo 510 kayaks to the entity through the Development project of the International Canoe Federation, this sport equipment is helping the growth of local athletes. Two disciplines are practiced in Dominica, Canoe Sprint and also Canoe Ocean Racing. “Our goal now is to have Paracanoe in 2021, many Dominicans are interested in this sport,” says Barry Casimir, President of DCKA. To improve performance, the DCKA delivered training courses for its coaches and judges that include Sports Psychology, Basic Education II and, in addition, Sports Coach. A national Coach participated last year in the training camp in Mexico City, an action developed by COPAC with the support of PANAM Sports and the ICF International Canoe Federation.

“For the judges, we will offer courses on the rules and regulations of Canoe Sprint. We also want to offer training and development programs for the affiliated members about new projects and proper record keeping. In a further step, we will work with courses in the area of communication and oratory” Barry Cassimir

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The legacy of the Santo Domingo 2003 Pan American Games in the development of Canoe in the Dominican Republic “The National Federation invests in training courses and training for Young people in various parts of the country to strengthen the discipline, in addition of having a complete training center, a legacy of the Games” With 30 years of tradition, FEDORECA – Federación Dominicana de Remo y Canotaje (Dominican Rowing and Canoe Federation) constantly works for the development of Canoe in the Dominican Republic. The actions seek to spread the sport throughout its territory on the island Hispaniola. 40 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

Currently, the country has 32 kayak and 18 canoe athletes in high performance, and a National Development Center, with facilities for Canoe in Bonao in the province of Monseñor Nouel in the center of the Dominican Republic, where the entity’s main headquarters is located. These facilities were built in 2003, a legacy of the Santo Domingo 2003 Pan American Games that helped boost the sport.

Athletes have at their disposal a complete structure of hangars, arrival towers, offices, a medical area, and a series of services that boost both Canoe and Rowing. In addition to the physical structure, the Pan American Games also left a legacy of sports equipment, training boats. The organization also received more donations from the International Canoe Federation. The place is an ideal setting for water sports lovers and can be practiced in all climatic seasons of the year. With good training conditions, great talents are revealed and gain prominence in international events. In 2010, during the Central American and Caribbean Games held in Puerto Rico, the country ranked fourth with three bronze medals. In 2018 in the edition of Barranquilla, in Colombia, another bronze in the Men’s K1 1000 meters with Cristian Guerrero. Among other great achievements, as in 2016, at the Bolivarian Games in Iquique, Chile, where five medals were won, one gold, two silver and two bronze.

“With all these investments we are achieving a great development for Canoe in our country” Andrés Osiris

FEDORECA President

The president complements talking about the training strategy through investments in Canoe initiation courses for physical education teachers that is being carried out with the Cuban trainer Júlio Cesar Mendes.

“Several courses have already been taken in different regions of the country that provide conditions for the practice of Canoe, such as at Lagoa Boba in Nagua, in the province of Marlos Trinidad Sanchez and in the region of beaches in Sanchez Samana”

At the same time, development plans are being carried out with 12 to 19year old of both genders, male and female. Currently the Federation has more than 80 federated athletes, it also has the National Team that represents the country in several international events. As of 2019 an important change, the entity started to dedicate itself exclusively to Canoe, with the creation of another Federation for Rowing, the objective is to strengthen both modalities in the country.

“FEDORECA is advancing according to the country’s procedures and interests, for all of this we have the support of COPAC and ICF - International Canoe Federation and also with the Canoe Federation of Hungary and the company Nelo, we are affiliated with Dominican Olympic Committee, great partners that help us” Andrés Osiris

FEDORECA President

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ARTICLE // SARAH NETWORK / Photos: Sarah Network Collection

Paracanoe in Sarah Rehabilitation Hospitals Network: From initiation to competition The concept of rehabilitation is used in different contexts1 and presents specific resources such as the use of medical or etiological specialties2. Since 1961, a tendency to isolate rehabilitation in a single sphere of physical medicine has been criticized1. The rehabilitation process in SARAH Network involves a health multidisciplinary team, with a set of knowledge, techniques and unified attitudes, that may generate a humanistic rehabilitation process3, 4. In this way, the paths that facilitate learning are followed and for each person that is used based on in its potential, and not in its difficulties3, 4. 42 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

Prof. Frederico Ribeiro Neto

SARAH Network of Rehabilitation Hospitals PhD in Physical Education (BrasĂ­lia University) Master in Rehabilitation Science (SARAH University) Specialization in Bodybuilding and Strength Training (BrasĂ­lia University) Specialization in Physiology and Morpho-Functional Assessment (Gama Filho University)

Physical Education, specifically, initiates its action in SARAH Network rehabilitation process in 1988. Over the years, SARAH Network expanded, nine units were built in the country, all featuring Physical Education professionals. Among them, the SARAH ‘Lago Norte’ unit, located in Brasília and founded in 2003, is the only one with a Nautical structure. This space provides sports and parasports such as sailing and canoeing, in addition to psychopedagogical activities, linked to pre-established goals, helping each person to be an agent of their own health. In this context, canoeing was inserted as a possibility of rehabilitation among a range of sports. Initially, the Physical Education teacher was inserted in one of the rehabilitation programs (Child Rehabilitation, Neurological Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation in Spinal Cord Injury and Orthopedics Program). Each teacher, when defining rehabilitation demands together with the team and patient, used the nautical space for canoeing. It is important to highlight that throughout this process, the Physical Education teacher has an understanding of all the characteristics of the patients’ injuries monitored so that the activity is carried out safely and efficiently. Thus, the most diverse goals could (and can) be worked on, including balance, cardiovascular capacity, strength, motor coordination, visual-spatial

notion, rhythm, leisure, coping with the injury or specific situations detected by the psychology team. Another very common goal is to provide an alternative to physical activity in situations in which it is no longer possible to perform the sport or activity that the patient performed before the injury. Thus, canoeing took place, primarily, as a means of intervention, as well as other sports, in which patients are

understood as subjects of the action and not as an object on which techniques are applied. Canadian canoes were used to carry out this sport on the SARAH Network ‘Lago Norte’. Due to the large number and heterogeneity of patients seen, several adaptations were developed in order to make the practice of the modality possible, prioritizing safety. As sport was consolidated within July 2020 | COPAC Magazine | 43

SARAH, with goals being achieved and good patient compliance, more adaptations were developed to improve the quality of care. The individualization of adaptations is extremely important to ensure patient safety and, at the same time, provide effectiveness in the execution of the stroke. All the classes are the responsibility of the Physical Education Teacher, who has support from trained sailors in relation to the specificities of injuries and their commitments. In 2014, there was a change in the form of organization of Physical Education teachers in relation to the rehabilitation programs at the SARAH ‘Lago Norte unit’. Among the changes, the Physical 44 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

Education teacher becomes the Nautical coordinator, previously assigned to one of the sailors, in order to expand the attendance with greater specificity of the parasports. The organizational change enabled a greater qualification of the professional in Canoe and Paracanoe, in addition to a greater dedication to the needs of the development of this sport. Rehabilitation, at that time, expanded its range of options by using Canoe and Paracanoe not only as a mean of intervention, but also as an end, as an objective to be achieved. Among the previously mentioned goals, even greater care with biomechanics of the stroke began to be adopted, adapting it to the specific characteristics of the injuries.

In July 2018, a Paralympic Sports Project was created within SARAH ‘Lago Norte’ with the proposal to develop some parasports, among them Paracanoe, from initiation to competition. Once again, the concept of rehabilitation expands as sport is analyzed in all its magnitude, understanding the competitive character as a tool for physical, mental and social development and I understand its high capacity for social insertion. The patient / athlete is, in this way, worked to its full potential. As a result of the Paralympic Sports Project, new boats were acquired (surfskis, oceanic canoes and paracanoes), in addition to more appropriate materials

for the full practice of sports. New adaptations were created and elaborated for each kind of boat, in addition to the need for greater professional qualification regarding training periodization, monitoring of the training load, injury prevention, periodic performance evaluations and canoeing biomechanical patterns. The entire material and human resources structure benefited from the different levels of assistance that were previously provided. In 2019, SARAH Pararanoe team, from the Paralympic Sports Project, was formed, and patientathletes participated with good performance in regional and national championships.

Finally, Canoe in SARAH Rehabilitation Network works in all areas of sport. Sport and its learning phases, from initiation to competition, are part of the rehabilitation process and are not dichotomous. Paracanoe already in the initial stages of rehabilitation is unusual, due to the need for material and human structure. Thus, the possibility of providing specific experiences (often not lived before the injuries), in the initial stages of rehabilitation, motivating the patient to continue as recreation, leisure, physical activity or athlete goes according one of the institutional principles: living for the health and not to survive from the disease4.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES 1. Vaughan Jones JAL. Rehabilitation: Concept and Practice. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 1961;18(4):241-9. 2. Ward A, Barnes M, Stark S, Ryan S. Oxford Handbook of Clinical Rehabilitation. 2nd ed.: Oxford University Press; 2010. 3. Willadino Braga L, Campos da Paz, A. Método SARAH: Reabilitação Baseada na Família e no Contexto da Criança com Lesão Cerebral. Livraria Santos Editora; 2008. 4. Reabilitação RSdHd. Rede SARAH de Hospitais de Reabilitação 2020.

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ARTICLE // César Lengua Huertas / Profesor and PUCP researcher / Coordinator of the “Rememos Todos Project” / Photos: PUC Peru

Rememos Todos Project Thanks to the fact that Lima was chosen to host the Pan American and Parapan American Games 2019, the work of the National Canoe Sports Federation of Peru and related sports organizations, it is possible to reactivate Canoe in Peru, demonstrating that the sport, in its different modalities, has great presence and national impact. It is shown that Canoe is a complete exercise that brings enormous benefits, such as: encouraging the competitiveness and recreation of all who practice it, getting in touch with nature and evoking those ancestors of navigation in Peru. In addition, the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport has been reinforced. These are the results of the first specialized national survey 46 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

on disability in 2012, the founding of the National Paralympic Association of Peru in 2015 and various laws and regulations in force. In early 2017, the “Rememos Todos Project” was born at PUCP, as a set of low-cost equipment initiatives applied to Paracanoe, which includes research from a technological point of view. Two of the investigations are being worked on as a thesis for students of the Mechatronics Engineering post-graduation. The first is the design of an active hand prosthesis, used to paddle Polynesian canoes and is applied to people with acute spinal cord injury who have lost

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hand mobility. The second project is a biomechanical Polynesian canoe simulator for people with lower motor disabilities. The Canoe simulator consists of a modular system that has a canoe adapted to be inside a structural pool, which includes a recirculation system composed of partitions and water guides, in addition to accessories for fixing the canoe. It also contains a system that will allow the performance of sports biomechanical studies through cameras, motion detection sensors and screens to visualize the data obtained. Finally, it will contain a virtual reality viewer to obtain a visual simulation of the practice performed.

Details of the Canoe Simulator modules

The accessibility to the canoe is given by a ladder and a bridge with handles that allow access for people with disabilities, simulating the entrance through a pier. The versatility is given by the modularity of its components, which allows it to be easily transported, in addition to

allowing the exchange of modules of various types of boats, which can be used not only for boat trips in Polynesia, but also for other modalities, such as kayak, Dragon Boat, among others. Between 2019 and 2020, “Rememos Todos� is developed as July 2020 | COPAC Magazine | 47

a sports partner project, thanks to the support of Australian Aid, the Inkanoa Va’a Peru Club and the work of athletes and volunteers, contributed to the multidisciplinary research of engineering and management specialties , making possible achievements such as; give opportunity for people with disabilities to practice Paracanoe, functional classifications and that the Canoe simulator is in the process of patenting, reaching a first stage of implementation of the prototype. On the other hand, the sports program was developed with which it is intended that Paracanoe starts to be a real option for all people with disabilities, allowing the athlete to enter the sport through the use of the simulator that will serve to detect their needs, guide the rowing technique to avoid injuries, practice safety issues and that your first contact with water is through a simulator that in a friendly way and takes you to play sports as if you were in your natural environment. This will allow training in a controlled environment, such as an ergometer, but with greater benefits. 48 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

Our vision for the future is to develop and manufacture seats for the various modalities of Paracanoe and to implement a simulator for application of tests. In addition, we want to start conducting biomechanical studies that improve the technique and performance of both Paracanoe and conventional

athletes. Improve the spread of Canoe in the community using virtual reality to train in a playful way. Establish alliances with sports organizations to develop competitive athletes or amateurs, performing activities in the simulator and in the field so that we can continue expanding research and sport.

In general, the field of research on Canoe is very broad and we want to continue increasing its development, contributing to the scientific community, sports organizations and high-performance Canoe centers, with publications that contribute to the innovation of training athletes worldwide, in the Olympic and Paralympic scope. July 2020 | COPAC Magazine | 49


ARTICLE // Dr. Don McKenzie / Photos: Site Collection

CANOEING AND BREAST CANCER Jane Frost has told you some of the history of this program and the excitement of the first years. The connection between canoeing and breast cancer began with a patient that I saw in our Sports Medicine Centre at The University of British Columbia in the fall of 1995. She was a woman with a shoulder problem, but also had a history of treatment for breast cancer. I suggested some simple strengthening and stretching exercises for her sore shoulder and she told me that she was not able to do these exercises out of fear of developing lymphedema. 50 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

Dr. Don McKenzie

Women treated for breast cancer are at risk of developing this condition, which is a painful swelling of the arm on the side that they received treatment. It occurs in 20-30% of patients treated for breast cancer, affects shoulder and arm function and is also associated with anxiety and depression. Traditionally, breast cancer patients were told to avoid many activities that might result in lymphedema: avoid heavy lifting; avoid vigorous, repetitive movement against resistance; avoid rubbing, scrubbing, pushing or pulling; avoid breaststroke in swimming; don’t use a driver to golf; no water-skiing and no canoeing.

As a life-long paddler and a doctor I often use paddling activity to help rehabilitate patients from shoulder problems. No canoeing did not make sense! The recommendations to avoid lymphedema were not supported in the medical literature yet they were limiting the ability of women with this disease to enjoy full and active lives. With that background, 25 years ago, we initiated a dragon boat program for women treated for breast cancer. Dragon boat paddling was chosen because it is the ideal sport. It is highly visible, involves repetitive, strenuous upper body exercise and would challenge the myth that this

type of activity would result in lymphedema. Dragon boating is safe, results in predictable improvements in fitness, is esthetically pleasing and it is fun. It is attractive because it is non-weight bearing with a low incidence of injury, suitable for older individuals and, because of the technical nature of dragon boat paddling, it rewards groups who focus on timing, technique and teamwork. The original twenty-four, very courageous women, participated in a 3-month program of rehabilitative exercises to prepare them for paddling. They were from all walks July 2020 | COPAC Magazine | 51

of life, 31-62 years of age, with different levels of fitness, with no experience in canoeing; the only criteria for participation was a diagnosis of breast cancer. Soon a name was chosen- Abreast in a Boat (http://www.abreastinaboat.com). On the water, the training program centered on the fundamentals of paddling a 500 kg boat- timing and technique. Gradually paddling fitness improved and after 3 months we participated successfully in a large local regatta in Vancouver. No one developed lymphedema and this team demonstrated that they could take part in a vigorous, physically demanding sport and succeed. From this modest beginning, dragon boat paddling for breast cancer survivors has grown exponentially with teams throughout the Americas, Oceania, Europe, Africa and Asia involving thousands of women with this disease. They paddle locally within their communities but also travel to regattas. In 2005, we had a separate festival for breast cancer dragon boat teams in Vancouver and drew 1700 paddlers from all parts of the globe. Since then we have had other participatory festivals in Australia, Eastern Canada, USA and Italy. This program continues to grow and gain momentum and slowly it is changing the way the medical profession thinks about patients with chronic disease. Paddling has restored the physical well-being and mental health of cancer survivors. These women act as role models for other patients with this disease, giving inspiration to lead full and active lives. They are athletes. 52 | COPAC Magazine | July 2020

Paddling has restored the physical well-being and mental health of cancer survivors. These women act as role models for other patients with this disease, giving inspiration to lead full and active lives. They are athletes. Although there are several sports where involvement will result in positive health outcomes, Canoeing, and dragon boat in particular, is unique. With the capability of placing 20 – 22 paddlers in a boat, the opportunity for team building and development of a novel support group is distinct. Canoeing represents honest physical work in its purest form, it is esthetically pleasing and the contact with the environment is contagious. In the last 15 years,

other teams with specific medical problems have embraced the sport and have been rewarded in return. Dragon boat teams composed of renal patients, individuals with multiple sclerosis, junior teams of cancer survivors, the visually impaired and teams composed of patients with transplanted organs have joined the breast cancer teams in celebrating the return to full, active and rewarding lives.

As a result of the positive effects of the dragon boat program, in Vancouver, we created a Cancer Gym, for breast cancer survivors to participate in exercise programs. Over 20-years ago, we started research programs that used supervised exercise during chemotherapy and found that it reduced side-effects, maintained fitness and actually reduced the recurrence rate of cancer. Other cancer researchers have shown the same effects. Many graduate students have completed research projects in the cancer gym and have gone on to careers in cancer research. Regular physical activity has been recognized as a critical part of the

In my mind, the most impressive aspect of this entire program is that it is driven by the women with the disease. There are many wonderful supporters but it is the women themselves that have pushed and sustained the agenda of helping and supporting other women with breast cancer. I have been very fortunate and privileged to know many of them- they are inspirational!

treatment program for patients with breast cancer. Patients who exercise reduce the risk of recurrence of their cancer by ~ 40%. That is a very good return for doing something that is enjoyable!

We have come a very long way from that first practice in False Creek in Vancouver and we are very proud of this legacy.

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