After discussions with the Coaches and Team Managers at the Team Leaders meeting it was agreed that due to the forecast in hot weather the events on Saturday and Sunday will be rescheduled.
This reschedule will ensure that athletes race in the Olympic distances before the forecast hot weather sets in and then complete their non-Olympic distances.
The updated schedule and lane draw can be found here
Australian Canoeing apologies for the inconvenience, however we take the health and safety of athletes, officials, volunteer and coaches with great importance.
PRECAUTIONS FOR REDUCING THE RISK OF HEAT INJURY
High intensity exercise in a hot environment, with the associated fluid loss and elevation of body temperature, can lead to Dehydration, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. Precautions for reducing heat injuries include:
- Do Not Wait To Feel Thirsty Before You Drink!
- Sweat is mainly water and a very little salt.
- Drink cool water as it is absorbed more rapidly than warm water.
- If competing for more than one hour, use a sports drink – a carbohydrate drink of 5-10% concentration with a small amount of sodium chloride (salt tablets should be avoided because of their very high sodium chloride content, which can make dehydration worse). Diluted sports drinks, cordial and fruit juices should also be made available or recommended. Not only will this make the fluids more palatable but it will be beneficial for replacing fluids, energy and electrolytes lost during exercise. It will delay the onset of exercise-induced exhaustion and hence aid in the prevention of heat stroke.
- It is recommended that officials and participants drink at least 7-8ml of fluid per kg of body mass to diminish the risk of heat illness.
- Fluid should begin to be consumed at least two hours before exercising to promote adequate hydration.
- Thirst is a poor indicator – it is a late signal of severe fluid loss.
- Drink at least 500 ml (2-3 glasses) ½ to 1 hr before a race. Drink at least 500 ml to 1 litre (5-6 glasses) after a race and continue to drink until fluid losses are replaced.
WHAT TO WEAR
- Wear a hat, cap or visor – a broad brimmed hat is preferred.
- Wear a 30+ sunscreen to prevent skin damage and skin cancer.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Replace sweat-saturated garments with dry clothing.