Paddle Australia (PA) has today confirmed that the 2022 PA Canoe Sprint Championships will be held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) Penrith, with a new postponed date of 18 – 22 May 2022.
The PA Canoe Sprint Championships, originally slated to be held 13-16 April, has had to be postponed due to the SIRC being unable to host any events or be open to the public given the infrastructure damage, facility and equipment issues and water contamination that has occurred as a result of the recent floods.
While PA carefully considered all possibilities, there was no viable option on the original date at any alternative venue with the necessary infrastructure to host major national events, especially given the Championships forms part of the selection for Australian Teams to compete at Junior and U23 World Championships later in the year.
Paddle Australia CEO Phil Jones said, “The recent floods have disrupted many national and local sporting events. Paddle Australia carefully considered the different options, including a change of venue, but we are committed to delivering our Canoe Sprint Championships at Penrith, a world class venue that remains a significant legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.’
With international borders now open, the PA Canoe Sprint Championships will also encompass the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint Oceania Championships. Australia will also work with Canoe Racing New Zealand, and other Asia Pacific countries, to attract paddlers to the PA Canoe Sprint Championships on the new date in May.
Entries to the 2022 PA Canoe Sprint Championships are now open, with a new closing date of Sunday 8th May. Please click HERE to enter.
Further selection information on the Australian Junior & U23 Australian Teams will be published in the coming weeks.
PA is extremely grateful for the patience and understanding of the paddling community in what continues to be another challenging year. We are resilient and strong and we will make this year’s Championship one of the best to date.