From today and until the 24th April, the Gold Coast will host the 2022 Paddle Australia Canoe Marathon Championships, organised together with Paddle Queensland and with the support of Major Events Gold Coast.
Here are the top five things you need to know ahead of all the action kicking off.
- Where will the event be held?
The 2022 Canoe Marathon Championships will be held on Coomera Lake, a non-tidal water body with minimal current, over distances ranging from 3.7km (for the younger paddlers) to the 29.6km of the longest event.
The standard course events consist of one or multiple laps of the 3.7km loop, but short events will also be contested on a reduced course measuring 1.1km and repeated three times.
- Who is participating?
Canoe marathon athletes of all ages will travel to the Sunshine State from across the country to finally return to national competition after a three-year hiatus. Titles will be assigned across the Juniors (Under 10 to Under 18), Open, Masters and Masters 60+ categories.
- When was the last Canoe Marathon National Championships held?
The last national level Canoe Marathon event was held in Perth, WA from 17-19 May, 2019. Hosted by Ascot Kayak Club and Paddle WA, the event had almost 300 participants travelling from all over Australia and New Zealand to compete on the Swan River.
- When does the event start and can I follow along?
The event kicks off on Friday with the short course events held from 9am onwards (local time).
The Standard Course Singles events are scheduled for Saturday and the Doubles on Sunday.
Live results will be posted to Paddle QLD WebScorer HERE
More information about the event is available in the event handbook. You can also follow the event on social media:
- Anything else I need to know?
Yes! The Championships are also a selection event for the 2022 Australian Marathon and Marathon Masters teams, who will compete overseas in late September at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Ponte de Lima, Portugal.
To view the Selection Criteria Supplement for the Australian Canoe Marathon Team and Australian Canoe Marathon Masters Team please CLICK HERE. To see the Selection Procedures Policy please CLICK HERE.