Paracanoe conference starts in Sweden

More than 60 participants from 17 countries are taking part in an ICF Paracanoe conference in Stockholm, Swede,n examining competition, rehabilitation and recreational activity.

The three-day conference has attracted guest speakers from all over the world, and will include sessions devoted to strategies to increase recreational participation by people with impairments.

There will be a focus on the equipment that can be used, the considerations that instructors need to be aware of, and the preparations necessary for such a trip.

The conference will hear from five countries who have successful paracanoe development programs – Italy, Japan, UK, Poland and the USA. Each country will share the methods they have used to attract new participants to paracanoe.

There will also be a presentation from Special Olympics Poland, looking at how para canoe/kayak could be used for people with intellectual impairments.

The conference, proudly sponsored by equipment manufacturers Nelo and Plastex, will examine technology development, and will also include a workshop using boats in a swimming pool to sbow rescuing techniques and adaptive equipment.

The effects of kayaking as a rehabilitation method, the development of the evidence-based classification system for paracanoe, and how to test the physical capacities of paracanoe athletes, will all be topics discussed during the conference.