The aim of the study is to examine competitive anxiety status and achievement goals of Turkish flatwater kayakers in terms of gender, being a national athlete, and being a medalist, and to determine whether there is a relationship between competitive anxiety levels and achievement goals. The research was carried out using the correlational research model. The sample of the research consists of flatwater kayakers participating in the 2019 Canoe Turkey Championship. 181 canoe athletes, 65 female and 116 male, with a mean age of 14.93 (Ss = 2.422) and 3.12 years (Ss = 2.219), voluntarily participated in the study. In the research, "Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2(CSAI-2):" and" "2X2 Achievement Goals Questıonnaire For Sport-2X2 AGQ" were used. In the analysis of the data, pearson correlation test was used to compare the relationship between canoe athletes' achievement goals and state anxiety levels, independent sample t test in parametric distributions, Mann Whitney U test in non-parametric distributions, and kruskal wallis test was used in multiple groups. According to the results obtained, it was observed that the kayakers participating in the 2019 Turkey championship who experienced moderate cognitive anxiety and physical anxiety just before the competition, nevertheless, it was seen that their self-confidence was high. These results show that Turkish kayakers did not lose their self-confidence even though they experienced cognitive and physical condition anxiety on the competition day. However, it has been emerged that national kayakers have a sense of not being worse than other athletes. In addition, it was found that female athletes avoided more failure in competition than male athletes.
Flatwater kayakers, competitive anxiety, achievement goals