Dear Canoe Polo Community,
After a challenging two years, Paddle Australia is pleased to welcome the return of Canoe Polo events in 2022. Paddle Australia, the State Associations and the Paddle Australia Canoe Polo Technical Committee have been busy working towards developing the sport and providing opportunities for National competitions.
Paddle Australia, in partnership Paddle South Australia are pleased to announce nominations are open for the 2022 Canoe Polo Championships with states encouraged to enter teams via the competition manager, Noel Holmes. The Championship event will see teams from across the country travel to compete in Westlakes, SA from the 15th-18th of April, 2022. All individuals intending on participating at the event must complete the online registration form available via JustGo here.
Participants not currently assigned to a team can also register to enter the draft and will be assigned to a team once nominations close on the 21st of March, 2022
After two years of minimal interstate events, Canoe Polo has returned with the 2022 Nagambie Cup, hosted in Victoria on 26-27 February.
The weekend attracted players from around Australia, including Launceston, Canberra, and the South Coast, seeing an impressive diversity in competition with 13 teams entered across two divisions. The competition also featured many juniors and university students from Melbourne’s Victorian Youth Canoe Polo Academy and the Intervarsity League, which included students from RMIT and the University of Melbourne.
Interstate teams reigned supreme in both divisions, with Brisbane’s Brother’s Canoe Club taking out the Division 1 title, whilst debut team ‘Mullet’ from Nowra and Wollongong securing victory in Division 2.
In addition to providing a much anticipated competition, Nagambie also hosted the Australian Men’s Squad Training Camp on Friday the 25th of February, the day before competition was due to begin, showcasing the fresh talent entering the senior fields and allowing for the first national training camp since 2020.
The momentum gained from the weekend will continue with the next Summer Series event on the Gold Coast in March, before culminating in the Paddle Australia Canoe Polo National Championships to be held in Adelaide over the Easter Long Weekend.
Paddle Australia, in partnership with the PACPTC are calling for expressions of interest for a series of National Squad coaching positions. In preparation for the Canoe Polo Oceania Championships in 2023 and Canoe Polo ICF World Championships in 2024, Paddle Australia and the Paddle Australia Canoe Polo Technical Committee are seeking expressions of interest for the U21 and U18 Men and Women’s coaching staff for the 2022 Australian Squads. In partnership with the current Senior Australian National Coaches, Rebecca Jennings and Anton Holmes, National Squad coaches will be working to develop coaching plans and implement pathways for identified athletes. Nominations can be found here.
Expressions of Interest will close on the 3rd of April, 2022 at COB.
2022 PA Canoe Polo National Squads EOI
Paddle Australia have opened nominations for the Australian Canoe Polo Squads to participate at the Oceania Championships in 2023 and ICF World Championships in 2024.
Members seeking to be considered for the Australian Canoe Polo Squads are encouraged to review the relevant Selection Procedures Policy which is available at the link below and on the Paddle Australia Website. All selection decisions will be made via the appropriate selection panel.
Further information regarding camps, training, competitions and coaching staff will follow in the coming weeks.
Should you have any questions regarding selection please feel free to reach out to Matthew Moore firstname.lastname@example.org
Those looking to be considered can find the registration link here.
Yours in Paddling,