Heritage

History

The Singapore Canoe Federation (SCF) was founded in 1971 as the national governing body of all matters pertaining to canoeing in Singapore. The SCF is an affiliate of both the Asian Canoe Confederation and the International Canoe Federation. As a non-profit organisation, the SCF relies mainly on its volunteers and its small group of staff. It is mainly funded through Sport Singapore.

In its efforts to achieve organisational excellence, the SCF was registered as an IPC/Charity in 2011. The SCF is committed to make canoeing accessible to all Singaporeans, be it recreational kayakers or a potential Olympian.

To spur local interest and participation, the SCF has embarked on numerous initiatives. In 2002, to support the rising demand for learn-to-canoe courses, funding attained went towards both the hardware – facilities include a permanent office, classroom and storage area – and the software – developing and hiring coaches and administrative personnel.In March 2004, the SCF pioneered Singapore’s first dedicated public paddling centre at Macritchie Reservoir. Subsequently in August 2010, a second public paddling centre commenced operation at Pandan Reservoir. These public paddling centres and the programmes they run are a joint effort between the SCF and Singapore’s national water agency, the Public Utilities Board (PUB), which are aimed at both creating a sustainable environment for canoeing and increasing accessibility to water sports all over Singapore.

Apart from the recreational scene, the SCF’s dedication to the promotion of canoeing can be seen in the international progress made by the National Canoe/Kayak Sprint Team. Canoe sprint is an Olympic discipline and the national team participates in multiple international events. With our national athletes having tasted the success of a 10 medal haul comprising 2 golds, 5 silvers and 3 bronzes at the 2011 South East Asian (SEA) Games and more recently the 6 medal haul of 2 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes from the 2013 SEA Games, the team has come a long way from the 2 bronzes in the 2007 edition while in 2005 there were no podium finishes.Stepping up at the Asian level, the National Canoe/Kayak Sprint Team represented Singapore at the 2010 Asian Games for the first time in a decade where they fared well, coming in a respectable 9th in the women’s K1 200m, 6th in the women’s K1 500m, 7th in the women’s K2 500m and 5th in the women’s K4 500m.

On the Asian scene, with Singapore’s increased participation in international racing, key members of the SCF were also recognised by being elected into the international and regional federations as Council Members in 2009. Mr CHUA Kee Huat, was elected as a Board Member for both the International Canoe Federation and the Asian Canoe Confederation (ACC), while Mr Henry SIM was elected as Treasurer for the ACC.

The SCF is also a proven organiser of high-profile international races. Most recently in 2011, the SCF planned, co-ordinated and successfully organised the World Canoe Marathon which brought many elite marathon paddlers to Marina Reservoir. The SCF also assisted in the organising of the 2010 Canoe/Kayak Sprint and Slalom events held during the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. Through such events, the SCF aims to inspire young athletes to strive for excellence in this sport.

Through continued leadership renewal and increasing collaboration with the paddling community in Singapore, the SCF is ever forward-looking and will strive to build on its past successes to attain greater achievements for many years to come.

 

Milestones

1971 

  • Founded by Mr John H.Cork and a group of teacher enthusiasts

1983

  • Affiliated to International Canoe Federation (ICF).

1999

  • The personal skill star courses were introduced. Kayaking personal skills courses were introduced to all racing competitions by schools. Some 6000 certificates were issued that first year.

2001

  • Canoe Polo first introduced in Singapore.

2002

  • Achieved funding and facilities for a permanent office, classroom, storage, coaches and secretariat support.

2003

  • Canoe Sprint achieved 2 bronze medals at the XXII South East Asian Games, Vietnam.

2004

  • The SCF in collaboration with PUB, opened the first public paddling centre, Paddle Lodge@Macritchie Reservoir

2006

  • Raised funds for Autism Association.

2007

  • Some 22,000 certificates were issued for personal star courses that year.
  • Canoe Sprint achieved 3 bronze medals at the XXIV South East Asian Games, Thailand

2009

  • Key SCF officials were elected into the international and regional federations as council members. Mr Chua Kee Huat was elected as board member of the ICF and Mr Henry Sim was elected as Treasurer of the Asian Canoe Confederation (ACC).

2010

  • Canoe Sprint sent 6 athletes to compete in all the women’s events and finished between 5th and 10th positions at the XVI Asian Games, China.
  • The SCF, in collaboration with PUB, opened the second public paddling centre, Paddle Lodge @Pandan Reservoir.
  • The SCF assisted in the hosting of the canoeing events for the first Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore.

2011

  • Singapore hosted the XIX ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships and Asian Canoe Marathon Championships at the floating platform. Singapore achieved 7 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze at the Asian Canoe Marathon Championships.
  • Canoe Sprint achieved 2 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze at the XXVI South East Asian Games, Indonesia.

2012

  • Introduction of Para-canoeing to Singapore
  • Canoe Sprint’s Geraldine Lee Wei Ling participated in the XXX London Olympic Games. In K1 500m she finished 22nd out of 24 participants. In K1 200m, she finished 27th out of 29 participants.
  • Canoe Slalom achieved 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze at the KBS-TEVA SIRNA Whitewater Circuit Race, Malaysia. Achieved 2 silver and 1 bronze at the SEA Canoe Slalom Championships, Nakom Nayok, Thailand.
  • Canoe Polo’s women’s team finished 12th of 17 teams while the Men’s team finished 20th of 23 teams at the Canoe Polo World Championships held in Poland.

2013

  • Canoe Sprint achieved 2 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronze at the XXVII South East Asian Games, Myanmar.

 2014

  •  National Kayak Coach Babella Balazs named the Coach of The Year Award in Singapore Sports Award 2014.