2023 Australian Canoe Wildwater Teams Announced

Paddle Australia (PA) is pleased to announce the Australian Canoe Wildwater Teams for 2023.

Following selection at the 2023 PA Canoe Wildwater Championships in Penrith in early March, PA is pleased to present the teams that will represent Australia in 2023 across the Senior World Championships in Germany, and Junior and U23 World Championships in Czech Republic.

Seven athletes will also represent Australia across three Senior World Cup events after June’s World Championships

“On behalf of Paddle Australia, I’d like to congratulate all the athletes who have been selected to their respective Australian Canoe Wildwater Teams,” said PA Sport Operations Manager, Annabelle White.

“It is very exciting to see so many athletes competing at this high standard in Wildwater and embracing the opportunity to compete internationally and measure their level of performance against the best in the sport and gain some valuable experience on the world stage. 

“With a number of our U23 World Championships athletes also stepping up to the Senior World Championships and World Cups, it shows the strength of our pathways athletes in this discipline, and I have no doubt 2023 will provide a fantastic development opportunity for these athletes as they continue to hone their craft.

“We look forward to seeing what these Australian Teams can achieve in the months and year ahead,” she said.

Georgina Collin and Robert Janiszewski are familiar names in the senior team, after both dominated their respective events at the 2023 PA Wildwater Championships with Collin (WA) winning the  WK1 Classic and Sprint events, and Janiszewski (VIC) winning back-to-back golds in the MC1 Sprint and Classic.

Collin is no stranger to the international stage, having made her debut at the Wildwater Junior World Championships in 2015 and has represented Australia in both Wildwater and Slalom consistently for eight years. She will make her Wildwater World Championships and World Cup return for the first time this year since the COVID pandemic limited access to international competitions.

Janiszewski is in a similar position, being just a couple of years into his Junior and U23 international wildwater career, when COVID hit. Now the 22-year-old is excited to be back in the green and gold for the 2023 senior World Cup season, Senior World Championships and U23 World Championships. 

“It’s always a privilege to represent the green and gold over in Europe and this year I will compete in the U23 and Senior competitions which I am excited about,” he said.

“My senior level goal for the season would be to make the finals in Sprints, and my U23 goal is to place in the top eight in the world.

“I am most looking forward to racing on new courses that I haven’t been on before and seeing all of my European mates again. I want to say thanks to my coach and support team back home who have helped me get where I am today.”

Kaylen Basset has also been selected on his second World Championships Team for 2023, after the 25-year-old was named on the senior Canoe Slalom World Championships and World Cup team earlier this year. While Bassett will be racing in the canoe for the Slalom events, he will switch to the Men’s K1 for the Wildwater Championships, and join his brother Lachlan Bassett in the C2.

2023 Australian Wildwater Teams

Senior World Championships (9 – 11 June. Augsburg, Germany)

  • Kaylen Bassett – MK1
  • Thomas Elms – MK1
  • Robert Janiszewski – MC1
  • Kaylen Bassett / Lachlan Bassett – MC2
  • Georgina Collin – WK1

Junior & U23 World Championships (5 – 9 July. Roudnice Nad Labem, Czech Republic)

  • Thomas Elms – MK1 U23
  • James Humphry – MK1 U23
  • Thomas Ladson – MK1 U23
  • Joshua Lee – MK1 U23
  • Robert Janiszewski – MC1 U23
  • Huxley Luntungan – MK1 Juniors
  • Riley Galea – MK1 Juniors

Senior World Cup Tour

14 – 17 June 2023 in Mezzana, Italy
26 – 27 August 2023 in Lipno, Czech Republic
30 – 31 August 2023 in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

  • Kaylen Bassett – MK1
  • Thomas Ladson – MK1
  • Robert Janiszewski – MC1
  • Kaylen Bassett / Lachlan Bassett – MC2
  • Georgina Collin – WK1
  • Dita Pahl – WK1
  • Nina Mueller – WK1
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