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.
Para Updates - 20 June 2018
All Para Va’a paddlers will need to be reclassified prior to competition in Tahiti at the World Sprints unless they have been classified at the recent
ICF World Cup events in Europe and appear on this master list here
All other paddlers previous classifications are nulled and new classifications will take effect from this event.
Please ensure your paddlers have read the IVF Para Va’a Rules and information (attached below)
All Para Va’a Athletes wishing to be classified must have the following forms (see below) completed and returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10th July
Please note: All forms must be complete in English and any translations must be certified
Further information regarding scheduling and classifing 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