Sue Natoli OAM

Sue’s illustrious journey in the world of canoeing, both in Australia and on the international stage, is a testament to her unwavering commitment and expertise.

Sue’s involvement in canoeing began in the early 90’s, and her dedication shines through her roles in various committees and organizations. Since 2005, she has been a steadfast member of the AC Canoe Slalom Technical Committee and, from 2009, an integral part of the ICF Canoe Slalom Technical Committee. Her role as a Board member of the Oceania Canoe Association, combined with her mentorship to new Judges and Event Organizers in Australia, has significantly enriched the sport’s technical foundation. Her involvement in the development of the ICF Slalom Rules further underscores her commitment to advancing the sport’s standards.

Sue’s event management contributions have been invaluable, significantly shaping the landscape of Canoe Slalom in Australia. Her international efforts have been recognized and praised by many, earning Australians high regard for their contributions to the global canoeing community.

During her tenure on the ICF Canoe Slalom Technical Committee, Sue played a pivotal role in overseeing and facilitating several transformative changes in the sport. These changes encompassed increased women’s participation, greater involvement of nations, heightened professionalism, and the standardization of major international race operations. Her involvement reflects a forward-thinking attitude in the Australian canoeing community that has driven positive change worldwide.

Sue’s influence extends to talent selection, where she has served as a Selector for Australian Canoe Slalom National Talent Squad and Junior teams over many years.

Internationally, Sue is an internationally recognized canoe slalom technical official, having played crucial roles in various capacities at local, national, and international events. Her extensive experience spans judging, scoring, chief official duties, and competition management. Her contributions have left an indelible mark on numerous key events, including the successful hosting of the 2014 Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Australia, her role in organizing and officiating the 2009 World Masters Games (Sydney), and her crucial involvement in Youth Olympic Festivals and 6 Olympic Games, dating back to 2000, with highlights such as her role as Chief of Scoring at the 2000 Sydney Olympics through to Chief Judge in Tokyo 2020.

Sue’s exceptional dedication and expertise have not gone unnoticed. She has received several prestigious awards from Australian Canoeing, including the 2014 AC Technical Official of the Year and Award of Merit for the LOC of the Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships, the 2012 AC Excellence Award, the 2010 AC Services to Canoeing, and the 2007 AC Award of Merit. Sue also received an OAM in 2018 for her service to canoeing.

Sue’s induction into the Hall of Fame is a well-deserved recognition of her remarkable contributions to the world of canoeing. Her legacy as a technical official and advocate for excellence in the sport will continue to inspire future generations of paddlers and officials.