The International Canoe Federation has conducted another in its series of paracanoe webinars, this time focusing on African countries with Portuguese as their first language.

The webinar series is designed to provide participants with the basic knowledge and tools to undertake athlete classification, and also to help them develop paracanoe in their region. The series also introduces participants to key contacts in the paracanoe community, including in neighbouring countries.

The ICF has previously run two English-language webinars focusing on Africa and Oceania, and more recently conducted a Spanish language course for COPAC countries, with more than 100 tuning in.

Last week’s Portuguese course was run by the ICF’s head of classification, Fatima Fernandes, and Portugal’s paracanoe national coach, Ivo Quendera. The course was not restricted to potential officials, with Angolan paracanoe athlete representative, Josemar Andrade, also taking part.

“This was another fantastic course, with lots of interested participants, lots of questions, and a real connection established with this important paracanoe community,” the chair of the ICF’s paracanoe committee, John Edwards, said.

“Congratulations to Fatima and Ivo and to everyone who took part. Our webinars are proving very popular, and we have plans for more in the future.”

All the material presented during the webinars is available on the ICF’s paracanoe page, in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Its available to all national federations and clubs who are interested in running similar introductory presentations.

The material is currently being translated into several other languages, including Hungarian, Japanese, Persian, German, French and Polish.