Lara Collins (NZL), Chief Executive of Waka Ama (outrigger canoe) New Zealand, serves as interim President of the International Va’a Federation (IVF).
The IVF now counts more than 25 nation-members and, every two years, it organises the World Sprints Championship at elite and club level.
At the 13th World Sprints 2008 in Sacramento (USA), adaptive paddling (disability) was included in the official program for the first time as a fully recognised medal discipline.
The first European Va'a Championship took place in Italy in 2009.
Set up in 1981, the IVF was originally known as the International Polynesian Canoe Federation (IPCF) which was renamed to better represent the Pacific Island (in particular Melanesia and Micronesia) who had been using various forms of seafaring outrigger canoes for more than 4,000 years.
Its founding members were: the Kalifornia Outrigger Association (KOA) which has been renamed Southern California Outrigger Racing Association (SCORA) in 2004; the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association (HCRA); and the Federation Française de Pirogue Polynésienne now the Fédération Tahitienne de Va’a.