As the 2024 season approaches, the Australian Wildwater canoeing community has much to look forward to. Summarised below are the latest updates on three distinct topics of significant importance: the 2024 Australian Team Selection Criteria Supplement, the 2024 PA Canoe Wildwater Age Championships and the 2024 National Canoe Wildwater Team Selection Event.
2024 Australian Team Selection Criteria Supplement
While the exact details of the 2024 ICF Wildwater Canoeing Competition season are yet to be published, the Selection Panel is inviting community feedback on the draft Selection Criteria Supplement for the 2024 Australian Canoe Wildwater Team. To provide feedback, please visit the survey HERE. Feedback will be accepted until COB 20 November 2023.
2024 PA Whitewater Age Championships
For enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, the 2024 PA Canoe Wildwater Age Championships (which will be held as part of the 2024 PA Whitewater Age Championships) present a unique and fun opportunity for all in attendance. This event, scheduled to take place from the 3-7th of January in Eildon, VIC, will provide a platform for athletes to showcase their skills, compete in Whitewater events and enjoy the water with fellow paddlers. The overall winners of the Junior and Masters categories in all Canoe Wildwater events will be awarded at the 2024 Whitewater Age Championships.
More information about the event can be found HERE.
2024 National PA Canoe Wildwater Team Selection Event
The 2024 PA Canoe Wildwater National Team Selection Event will be held from the 13-14th of January on the Mitta Mitta, VIC. This event will act as the selection event for the 2024 Australian Canoe Wildwater Team. As this event will be a selection event ONLY, no medals or awards will be distributed at this competition.
More details about the event can be found HERE.
A Unified Focus on the Future
As is noted above, in 2024, the overall Champions of both the Men’s and Women’s categories in all Canoe Wildwater events will not be awarded. After extensive consultation with stakeholders and with the athletes and volunteers interests at heart, this decision reflects a strategic choice made by the Discipline Technical Committee with the support of the Paddle Australia Board. It is rooted in a commitment to the sport’s values and its enduring mission to foster inclusivity, engagement and long-term sustainability.
The Discipline Technical Committee remains steadfast in its mission to create a more inclusive and positive environment within the wildwater canoeing community, and is committed to deliver a 2025 National event. This transformation must extend from grassroots at the community level to the pinnacle of the national stage. A cultural shift takes time and unwavering attention, and it requires building an environment where the principles of inclusivity, sportsmanship and shared experiences take precedence.
Your active participation and contributions are instrumental in solidifying wildwater canoeing as an activity that nurtures inspiration and unity throughout the country.