Para canoe


Mississauga, Ont.


Erica Scarff started paddling in 2013 when it was suggested to her by her current coach Mari Ellery at a prosthetic clinic. Scarff, a gymnast before her amputation, was already into sports as a teenager despite her disability dabbling in swimming, cycling and alpine skiing. She actually had to chose between racing on slopes or on flatwater.

Scarff, a 2016 Paralympic Games finalist, burst on the national scene in 2013 earning a gold medal in the K-1 200-m at the Canadian championships. She’s been a finalist at the last four world championships, topped by a fourth place finish in 2017.

At age 12, Scarff was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that Terry Fox had. She says she is inspired by how Fox fought the cancer and was able to launch his Marathon of Hope.


2016 Paralympic Games… 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 World Championships…


She has an older brother and sister… Kinesiology student at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont…


  • 2018 Pan American Championships KL3 200-m 2nd
  • 2018 World Championships KL3 200-m 7th
  • 2017 Pan American Championships VL3 200-m 1st
  • 2017 Pan American Championships KL3 200-m 2nd
  • 2017 World Championships KL3 200-m 4th
  • 2016 Paralympic Games KL3 200-m 7th
  • 2016 World Championships KL3 200-m 6th
  • 2015 World Championships KL3 200-m 7th
Year Type
Host City
2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil