Paddle Australia, the National Sports Organisation for paddling in Australia, is committed to developing our community across each of the ICF Disciplines with which we are involved. One of the fastest-growing Disciplines within our sport is Ocean Racing, which attracts thousands of paddlers across the country.
The Strategic Plan for Canoe Ocean Racing in Australia identifies that “Good competitions are the lifeblood of Ocean Racing and the development of strong Ocean Racing competitions should be the focus” in the immediate future. To that end, Paddle Australia is engaged in discussions with the management of the Australian Ocean Racing Series, presented by Shaw and Partners Financial Services (AORS), to seek to identify ways in which we can work together to improve the competition landscape for Ocean Racers in Australia. The AORS is the premier series for the sport in Australia and its participants include some of the finest paddlers in the world.
As part of these discussions, consideration is being given as to whether the 2021 AORS might be used for the selection of athletes for the 2022 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships, to be held in New Zealand. No arrangements have been finalised in this regard as of yet. We look forward to updating the community on any developments in this regard. It is appreciated that the logistics around participating in Ocean Racing events can be complex. This is especially the case in the context of challenges around interstate travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. Paddle Australia will keep the community updated with respect to any further developments.
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