Thank you to those who sent in feedback on the first edition of Paddle Pulse and suggestions for stories in future editions! It's great to hear all the wonderful things that paddlers are getting up to across Australia. If you have anything you'd like to see in an upcoming newsletter, please feel free to send it through.

This month has been busy with PA's National Paddling Forum, AGM & Annual Awards held on the weekend of the 9-10th November. Congratulations to all the deserving recipients of awards - you can read more about some of their amazing feats below!
Until next time, all the best in paddling!  
Sarah Davis completing her expedition (left) and accepting the Olegas Truchanas award (right, photo by Scott Gallagher)
Sarah Davis Honoured for Record-Breaking Journey Down the Nile
Sarah Davis was recognised with the Olegas Truchanas award at the 2019 Paddle Australia Annual Awards after becoming the first woman to successfully lead a paddling expedition down the Nile this year. The Olegas Truchanas award celebrates a canoeing trip that exemplifies the spirit of Olegas Truchanas and his passion for paddling and the natural environment.

Sarah began planning her quest to conquer the Nile over two years ago. The journey started in Rwanda, with Sarah crossing through Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan before finishing up in Egypt. 4,000km of paddling later, after surviving a hippo attack, some deadly rapids and being arrested and detained in Burundi, Sarah became the first woman to lead an expedition down the Nile.

To read more about her incredible story, click here >>>
The Wrap Up from the 2019 PA Annual Awards

We recognised paddlers from all corners of the community at our 2019 PA Annual Awards Dinner. Check out the wrap up video below for the highlights from the Awards Dinner. 

View all the photos from the night here >>>

Click on the video for an exclusive look at the 2019 PA Annual Awards Dinner, including a list of all the winners!  (2 mins)
The 2020 Sportscover Clubbies Awards Open for Nominations!

Do you know an unsung hero whose hard work, generosity and passion for paddling deserves recognition? Nominate them for the 2020 Sportscover Clubbies awards!

The Clubbies recognise inspiring coaches, hard-working volunteers, athletes whose passion for competition defies age, and clubs that transform their local community.

Nominate here >>>
Paddle Oz Scoring Goals in Rural & Remote Communities
Paddle Australia has received funding under Sport Australia's Move It Aus grant to deliver Paddle Oz (consisting of two programs: Paddle Discovery and Paddle Ball) to high school aged children in rural and remote communities. Over 1,000 kids have already signed up to participate in Paddle Oz, with more funding available to deliver the program over the next 6 months.

Check out what Paddle Ball is and how kids are getting involved in paddling in the video above.
Why I Always Wear a PFD

"A member of the Progressive Racing Group asked me last Tuesday - why do I always wear a PFD when no-one else does?

Admittedly I might look the odd one out on the river but I am prepared to stay that way as it might save my life one day."

Click here to read more from PA's 2019 Master Paddler of the Year, Terry Bolland, on the importance of wearing a PFD >>>

The Paddle Prep App
Paddle Prep has been designed for all paddlers: from those who are new to paddle sports to those that are already hooked on this great lifelong activity.

The objective of Paddle Prep is to provide guidance and education on safety matters to encourage paddlers to develop their skills, knowledge and experience safely while having fun on the water.

Find out more >>>

2020 PA Wildwater Canoeing Championships & Mitta Mitta Paddling Festival (13-16th December)
The Mitta Mitta Paddling Festival will take place in conjunction with the 2020 PA Wildwater Canoeing National Championships.

The Festival includes fun, participation based events on lovely, easy flowing water around the township of Mitta, Victoria.

Click here to find out about all the activities on offer >>>
2019 PA National Paddling Forum & AGM
Paddle Australia held our National Paddling Forum and AGM over the weekend of the 9-10th November.

As part of the National Paddling Forum, the PA Board and Committees met to discuss matters relating to the future of paddling, including child safety, competition & events, and working collaboratively to achieve better outcomes across the sport.

At the AGM, Lynn Parker (NSW) and Ian Hume (SA) were voted in as Life Members of Paddle Australia.

Click on the Annual Report to read more about the achievements across paddling in 2018-19.
Fox ready to create history at first gender-equal Olympics for Canoe Slalom

Jess Fox aka the official 'Greatest Canoe Slalom Paddler of All-time' has been announced as the first Paddle Australia athlete on the 2020 Australian Olympic Team for Canoe Slalom. This will be the first time in Olympic history that women will have the opportunity to compete in both canoe (C1) and kayak (K1).

The Olympic silver and bronze medallist is excited to contest her third Olympics, with the addition of the C1 event making it even more special.

Watch the AOC Media Conference announcing our slalom canoeist Jessica Fox as the 5th athlete named on the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020 (9 mins)
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Wingan Inlet

Wingan Inlet is one of Victoria's quaint escapes, nestled on the western-edge of the Sandpatch Wilderness Zone. Upstream, the river follows a winding course through sea rushes and paperback thickets to a towering littoral rainforest and the stunning Wingan River Rapids. Downstream, the river leads to the mouth of the inlet where sandbars give way to the wild ocean swells of Fly Cove.

Suzette Graham's beautiful photo, taken at Varsity Lakes Club in Queensland has taken out Paddle QLD's Photo of the Year at their Annual Awards last month.

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