About Para Va'a
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, 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 list 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
A Para Classification Information Document is attached at the bottom of this page
Para Va'a at the 2022 IVF Va'a World Sprints - Windsor, United Kingdom
The IVF Para Va’a Committee is very excited about the 2022 IVF World Sprint Championships being held at Dorney Lake, Windsor, UK. We would like to encourage as many of our member federations as possible to enter Para Va’a paddlers. As you may or may not be aware, at the IVF World Sprint Championships there are V1, V6 and V12 events for Para Va’a paddlers.
We have positioned the Para Va’a races in the event schedule later in the week, so that Para Va’a paddlers who are competing in the ICF Para World Championship in Canada, can travel to England at the conclusion of their competition and take part in the IVF World Sprint Championship.
Please see event schedule here.
It is still possible to enter Para Va’a teams and paddlers. The late fee for entries has been waved for Para Va’a entries and we simply ask that you email your entries or any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry fee is $100 per Para Va’a paddler.
You can also find all Para Classification forms below.
All Para Va’a athletes wishing to be classified must have the following forms completed and returned to email@example.com by 20th July 2022.
IVF Para Va’a Sprint rules for 2022 are attached below
Para Va’a Committee
Para Classification Information
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