There are two disciplines (kayak and va’a), each with a specific classification which is based on the same principle.
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Athletes with a physical disability compete in three sport classes:
|Athletes have no or very limited trunk function and no leg function. They typically need a special seat with high backrest in the kayak.
Athletes propel with their arms only.
|Athletes have partial trunk and leg function, able to sit upright in the kayak but might need a special backrest.
They have limited leg movement during paddling and propel with their arms and trunk.
|Athletes have trunk function and partial leg function. They are able to sit with trunk in forward flexed position in the kayak and able to use at least one leg/prosthesis.
How to apply for classification:
To be eligible to apply for a national classification, athletes must:
- Be affected by at least one of the impairments considered eligible by the International Canoe Federation
- Be a member of an affiliated Canoe Ireland Club
- Be involved in the sport of canoe for a minimum period of six months
- Be minimum of 13 years old
- Athletes who fulfil the criteria above should have the Medical Diagnostics Form completed and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athletes who do not meet the list of criteria above may still be evaluated by the classifiers by prior arrangement. However, he/she will only receive a provisional class in order to facilitate them to compete this year.
This list includes active athletes who have been classified at national and/or international level. Click here to access the Masterlist
ICF Classification Rules and Regulations for Para Canoe