Para Va'a is an adaptive form of Va'a racing for Para paddlers. The IVF through Para Va'a is able to offer va'a racing opportunities for all regardless of physical abilities.
Since 2002 Para paddlers have competed at IVF World Sprint Championships, with developments in equipment, rules and classifications evolving over that time. The first official classified competition took place at the 2008 World Sprints in Sacramento.
Through Para Va'a the IVF have formed a partnership with the International Canoe Federation (ICF) to work towards the development and increased participation of Para Va'a so that it may be considered as a discipline in the Paralympic Games.
The IVF and ICF share a para classification system that has recently been updated and sees paddlers classified into 3 different levels of physical ability to ensure an even play field when racing.
Para Va'a racing includes V1, V3, V6 & V12 racing.
We encourage countries embrace Para Va'a and provide pathways for paddlers of all abilities.
All Para athletes at the 2018 World Sprints were reclassified. All those with ICF classifications can be found in the Master lit found here
All Para Va’a Athletes wishing to be classified must have the following forms (see below) completed and returned to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: All forms must be complete in English and any translations must be certified
Further information regarding scheduling and classifying please contact email@example.com or your area-coordinator
John Court - Chair of the IVF Para Va'a Commitee
Para Va'a Forms for Athletes
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Para Va'a Rules and Information (English/French)
Para Va'a Forms used in Classification