Paddle Australia Seeks Nominations for Directors and Audit and Risk Committee Members

Paddle Australia (PA) is seeking to further strengthen the governance of the National Sports Organisation (NSO), recruiting two new Appointed Directors and one or two Appointed Members to its Audit and Risk Committee (ARC).

PA is responsible for the management, coordination, development and promotion of paddling in Australia. PA is recognised and supported by the Federal Government and represents the interests of its members to government and the public. PA’s vision, contained in the Strategic Plan for Paddling in Australia, is for ‘A United Paddling Community’.

PA is committed to the provision of a high standard of competition, safety and opportunities for paddling participation in Australia. This includes the development and delivery of the successful Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint Olympic and Paralympic programs and the five non-Olympic disciplines (Canoe Polo, Freestyle, Marathon, Ocean Racing and Wildwater), as well as recreational paddling.

PA is recognised by the International Canoe Federation (ICF); Oceania Canoe Association (OCA); Sport Australia (SA) and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS); Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Paralympics Australia. As the peak body for paddle related activity in Australia, PA works collaboratively with six (6) State Member Associations (SMAs), around 140 active clubs, seven (7) disciplines and approximately 8,500 members.

Operating in a commercial and inclusive manner with government, business and community, PA ensures the value of competitive and recreational paddling is understood and supported in all policy and business decisions.

The PA Constitution provides for nine (9) Directors. There are currently seven (7) members of the PA Board. The Board comprises of five (5) Elected and two (2) Appointed Directors. The Board is now seeking two (2) additional Appointed Directors to complement the skills of the current Directors. Following a recent skills gap analysis, candidates are being sought with background in:

  • Legal and governance, preferably but not essentially within the sporting arena; and
  • People, culture and change management with experience in HR.

PA is also seeking to appoint one or two new members of its Audit and Risk Committee to provide support in meeting the Terms of Reference. Applications from candidates with knowledge and skills in risk management are particularly welcome.

An Expression of Interest document can be downloaded from the PA website. The document contains full details and outlines the application process. Applications close on 18th August.

It is a busy and exciting time of change for paddling and PA. Candidates will be joining a dynamic organisation engaged in a significant transformation process. Our Directors and Committee members are open to new ways of doing things, taking a positive but challenging approach to initiatives designed to move us towards our vision of ‘A United Paddling Community’.


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