SPORT – The International Va’a Federation (IVF) has relayed information ; Para Va’a will make its debut in 2020 at the Tokyo Paralympics Games. This is a good news for our para-athletes, but also for the world of Va’a, which tends to become a world-famous discipline.
Le Para Va’a, a le vent en poupe !
Indeed, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), supported by the Engie Foundation, has made para va’a a priority in its development strategy. The solidarity program Va’a No te Ora promote the discipline since 2015. At the 1st World Championships of Va’a Marathon organized in Tahiti in June 2017, the efforts mobilized by the LOC were concretized by the participation of 123 para athletes during 4 races of V1 and V6. Among them, people with a mental handicap were able to participate in an exhibition race: A great “first” in the history of Para Va’a!
Para Va’a included in Canoe events for Paralympics games
The International Paralympic Committee announced the sports that will be represented at the next Tokyo Games in 2020. Among the novelties, the inclusion of the va’a as an additional discipline of the Canoe !
The races will be contested on the 200 m sprint. Two levels of classification were established according to the severity of the disabilities (VL2, VL3).
Good news for our para va’a athletes !
On the French Polynesian side, Patrick Viriamu, a native of Tubuai island and multiple world champion, could make history of the fenua ! In 2014 in Australia and 2016 in Brazil, he had already won the gold medal in his category. Last June, he won the 1st World Champion Title Distance Para-Va’a VL3. He finished 6th at the Te Aito 2017, against the “valid” masters. No doubt, Patrick has all the assets to be the first Polynesian athlete to win a first Paralympic gold medal !