Ever wonder about the different types of Paracanoe classifications? This is some great info!
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This is our Paralympian Kaitlyn Verfuerth in a va’a, one of the two boats contested in paracanoe. This event will be making its Paralympic debut in Tokyo! 🇯🇵
The va’a is an adaptive outrigger canoe which has a second pontoon as a support float and athletes use a single bladed paddle 🛶🛶
All va’a races in Tokyo are individual events, meaning there is one athlete in each boat.
There are 3️⃣ va’a classifications: VL1, VL2, and VL3. Each category varies in the athletes’ impairment. ⤵️
VL1 👉 athletes who propel with their arms only
VL2 👉 athletes who propel themselves with their arms and trunks
VL23 👉 athletes who have full function of their arms and trunks and partial function of their legs
Not every classification above will be a medal event in Tokyo. For men, VL2 and VL3 will be contested. For women, only VL2 will be contested (you’ll see Kaitlyn in this race!). The 7️⃣ remaining events for paracanoe will be in kayaking.
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Stay tuned for the description on Paralympic kayaking 🌊You’ll 👀 Blake and Kaitlyn competing this and you don’t want to miss it!
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