Beyond the competition, the LOC since its inception has included the va’a in a societal dynamic. Thus, the committee initiates and supports projects that put the va’a at the heart of projects for social inclusion, cohesion or cultural sharing.
``VA'A NO TE ORA`` THE SOLIDARITY PROGRAM
Since 2015, the LOC has initiated a solidarity program called “Va’a No Te Ora”, which aims to give everyone the opportunity to do Va’a. At the heart of this project are two often forgotten audiences, priority neighborhoods and para-athletes. Reconnecting with sport, forging links with others, are all levers to fight exclusion.
VA’A MATA’EINAA CONTEST
The climax of the LOC’s solidarity actions is represented by the « VA’ A MATA’ EINA’ A CONTEST ». While « Va’ a no te Ora » was primarily intended for the districts of Pirae, the LOC’s solidarity actions are taking on a new dimension with this competition dedicated to the priority districts of Tahiti and Moorea. The final of this competition will inaugurate the next IVF Va’a World Championships!
A pillar of Polynesian history and culture, va’ a has great symbolic value for the peoples of the Pacific. On the occasion of the 18th edition of the Va’ a – Vitesse World Championships, the COL wishes to connect Polynesians with their heritage but also to share and exchange with foreigners.