Summer’s a great time to be on the water and right around the country there are paddlers enjoying what our sport has to offer. Keep reading for news from around the paddling community, including updates on the road to the Olympics and Paralympics.
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Lucien Delfour and Daniel Watkins Join Jessica Fox for Tokyo 2020

Daniel Watkins and Lucien Delfour will take on the Canoe Slalom whitewater in Tokyo, after being selected to the Australian Olympic Team today.

Delfour and Watkins secured their ticket to Tokyo by winning the Paddle Australia selection trials in February in K1 and C1 respectively, with the pair coming out on top in their event across the 2020 Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships in Auckland and 2020 Australian Open Canoe Slalom in Penrith.

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Video credit: Jamie Gray / MAKAI Paddlers

The MAKAI Cup Produces Wild Weather, Strong Performances and Broken Boats

The MAKAI Cup 2020, hosted by MAKAI Paddlers and incorporating the 2020 PA Canoe Ocean Racing Championships, was held over the 8th-9th February in Ulladulla on the NSW south coast. With strong winds and swells, the conditions tested even the most experienced paddlers, not to mention their boats! Click on the video above to see some of the amazing footage captured from the event! 

Danielle Woodward Honoured for Contribution to Police
Danielle Woodward was recently inducted into PA's Hall of Fame for her services to paddling throughout a her career as a canoe slalom paddler, sports administrator and  PA Director and President. Woodward was further honoured on Australia Day this year as a recipient of the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service to the Australian police force.

We congratulate Danielle on the significant contribution to the community she has made in her many different roles.

Clean Up Australia Day - 1st March
Clean Up Australia Day is taking place this year on Sunday 1st March 2020.  Waste affects everybody however paddlers will be particularly aware of how mismanaged waste harms our waterways and natural environment.

So we encourage all paddlers, individuals or clubs, to join the Clean Up Australia Day movement this Sunday! 

Send in pictures, videos or reports of your clean up and we'll include it in next month's edition of Paddle Pulse.
Drought and Drying Rivers: Paddling in the northern Murray-Darling Basin
From the land of drying rivers, here is a story of how passionate members from Western Paddlers NSW have just kept on paddling, taking the initiative to create new adventures and help the rivers they paddle on in the process.
Click here to read more >>>
Update to PA Event Entry Waiver
As of 1st March 2020, Paddle Australia will be introducing a new Event Entry Waiver to apply to events and programs run by PA, State Associations and Affiliated Clubs. 

The changes which have been implemented are:
  • An update to the wording relating to prevailing conditions (due to recent air quality issues).
  • An update to the wording relating to insurance to clarify that it is not only members covered by insurance but also those who have paid the Non-Member Single Event fee.
Free Coaching Video Series by Oscar Chalupsky
Oscar Chalupsky is a 12x Molokai Surfski World Champion and has been coaching for over 25 years. Chalupsky offers a free five part video series with advice on paddling training and racing.
Click here to watch Chalupsky's free coaching videos >>>
Planning Your Paddling Trip
Taking the time to plan the details of your trip can seem like a chore when all you want to do is get on the water. However planning your trip is extremely important to make sure that you and your fellow paddlers have fun while staying safe on the water.
Check out PA's planning tips before your next paddle >>>
2020 Sydney International Whitewater Festival

Australian canoe slalom paddlers have won three gold and one bronze at the 2020 Australian Open Canoe Slalom as part of the 2020 Sydney International Whitewater Festival

Click here for all the canoe slalom results >>>
Paddle the Mystical Murray River in SA
Paddling is a brilliant way to see the Murray River. In fact it's the only way to see some of the most beautiful parts, which are only accessible by kayak.

Discover the best ways to explore the Murray River here >>>
Australia Secures Five Additional Olympic Canoe Sprint Quota Spots

Five months out from the Tokyo 2020 Games, Australia’s canoe sprint paddlers have wrapped up the 2020 Oceania Canoe Sprint Association’s Canoe Sprint Continental Championships and Olympic qualifier securing five additional Olympic canoe sprint quota spots and setting a first mark ahead of the final round Olympic team selections in March.

Click here for a wrap up from the 2020 Oceania Canoe Sprint Championships and all the results >>> 

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Freestyle paddler Chris Hliounakis in action at the 2020 Sydney International Whitewater Festival last weekend. Check out more photos here >>> Or video of the final here >>> 

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