In an effort to expand the sport of canoeing to include paddlers of different abilities, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) and the International Va’a Federation (IVF) launched the Paracanoe Development Program.
“Paracanoe gives opportunities for paddlers with physical disabilities to participate and compete at club, national and international level. Working on the development of the sport for over four years, the Canoeing For All Committee, has improved and expanded the sport manifold and we see more and more athletes competing and enjoying Paracanoe around the world.”
Formerly known as “paddleability,” both the ICF and the IVF adopted “The new name of paracanoe was officially adopted in December of 2009 in order to align the sport with the Paralympic movement.”
In 2010, “The ICF and IVF further demonstrated their support for paracanoe by incorporating a number of events into their calendars, as well as providing support through the provisions of suitable crafts and through the training of classifiers.”
At an international level, “Paracanoe will make its inaugural appearance at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and it is expected that this will lead to an increase in interest in the sport worldwide, as well as additional funding to support it to develop and expand.