The International Paralympic Committee has announced the inclusion of the women’s VL3 event to the paracanoe programme for the Paris 2024 Games.
The exciting inclusion of the women's VL3 to the Paralympic Games brings the total number of medals events to ten for the next Games, whilst the addition also ensures there will now be five men’s and five women’s events going into Paris.
The women’s VL3 adds to the existing Paralympic events of KL1, KL2 and KL3 for both men and women alongside the women’s VL2, men’s VL2 and men’s VL3 with the latter three making their Games debut at Tokyo 2020.
The paracanoe team had an incredibly successful Games in Tokyo, winning seven medals before winning ten medals at the 2021 ICF World Championships in Copenhagen earlier this year, including gold and silver for Charlotte Henshaw and Hope Gordon in the women’s VL3 – the new event for Paris 2024.
Colin Radmore, Lead Technical Coach for the paracanoe team said:
“The addition of the women’s VL3 is a great opportunity for the sport and a great opportunity for the British paracanoe programme, as we currently lead the charge in the event on a World stage, so it is very exciting going into Paris.
“The Tokyo Games and 2021 World Championships show the strength in depth we’ve got in the British team and the inclusion of an extra event is a great opportunity to get an additional athlete on that plane to Paris."
“We saw the benefit of adding three Va’a events for Tokyo. It has been huge for the profile of sport, where we’ve seen more medallists and athletes winning two medals at a Games and the impact that has on the sport is huge.”– Colin Radmore
ICF paracanoe committee chairman John Edwards said the announcement reflects the strong growth in women’s VL3.
“We are grateful to the IPC for the confidence they have shown by including women’s VL3 on the Paris programme,” Edwards said.
“It’s very exciting for us to know we will have gender equality at the Paralympics. We have worked very hard to encourage more women to give this category a go, and the growth in numbers has been fantastic.
“It was obvious at our World Championships in Copenhagen this year that women’s VL3 was ready for the big stage, and now it’s official. I’m sure there will be great celebrations among our VL3 athletes all over the world tonight.”
Full details can be found on the International Paralympic Committee website.