Canoe/Kayak

USA Canoe/Kayak Lifetime Achievement Award

USA Canoe/Kayak would like to recognize Henry K. Krawczyk for his continued and dedicated contributions to the Olympic sport of Canoe/Kayak with the lifetime achievement award.

Henry was born in Poland in 1946 where he grew up and started canoeing. After moving to the United States (New York area), Henry and his brother Gene continued to paddle and soon became among the stronger US paddlers.

Henry reached the height of his paddling career when he represented Team USA at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games where he raced in the K1-500 meters competing against such kayak legends like Vasile Diba (Romania) and Rüdiger Helm (East Germany).

After the Olympics, Henry continued his activities in the sport as a leading member of the Sebago Canoe Club - NY. In 2005, the U.S. Olympic Committee honored Henry with the “Coach of the Year" Award.

Henry has also been very active in the sport as an Official, both as a certified National Official and as an International International Canoe Federation (ICF) Certified Official. 

In 2009, Henry was part of the officiating crew at the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Dartmouth, Canada. In 2010, Henry led the US Canoe/Kayak Team at the ICF Canoe World Championships in Poznan, Poland.

Henry has two sons, Brian and Daniel, both former paddlers and members of the USA Canoe/Kayak National Team. Henry resides in New York City Bayside with his wife Antonina and continues his life-long committment with kayaking by racing in the Master’s categories.

USA Canoe/Kayak and all its members would like to thank you Henry for all these years of continued contribution and leadership.

Thank you Henry!


Henry (L) at the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Dartmouth, Canada with former National Team Coach Nathan Luce.