As paddling restrictions around the country are eased, we hope that this email finds you in a position to be able to get out on the water and enjoy Australia’s beautiful waterways (even if the weather might be a bit on the cold side). 

Paddle Australia is grateful for the responsible manner in which the paddling community has dealt with many of the hardships of the last few months. Unfortunately the challenges resulting from COVID-19 are far from over and we request that you check with your local State Paddle Association if you are unsure of the restrictions still in place in your local area. A reminder that the Paddle Australia website contains links to the current COVID-19 documents relevant to each State and Territory.

Even in the depths of winter there is still plenty going on in Australian paddling and we hope that you enjoy this month’s edition of Paddle Pulse.

With you on the water,  

Paddle Australia
Historic East Java Coaching Program Continues Despite COVID-19
An historic agreement was signed between Paddle WA and the National Sports Committee of Indonesia in December 2019 to provide coaching services in the lead up to the Indonesian National Sports Games. While the Games have since been postponed until October 2021, the agreement and coaching program is still going ahead, albeit with slightly different arrangements than first planned.
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PA Welcomes Funding for Penrith Whitewater Stadium Development

Paddle Australia has welcomed the recent announcement of initial funding by the Federal Government for the development of a high performance centre at Penrith Whitewater Stadium. In addition, a proposed larger project will offer great opportunities for the local community with the building of a second, easier whitewater channel and the development of the surrounding parklands as active spaces connecting to the Nepean River and Penrith.
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Take Advantage of the Paddle Support Package - Become an Introductory Coach!

Renewals are now open for all members who have memberships expiring on the 30th of June. As a reminder, all active club members can access the new online Introduction to Coaching course for FREE if you register between now and 31 July 2020. In addition, if all of the course requirements are completed and submitted by 30 September 2020, club members will be given 12 months' free registration as an Introductory Coach. So far:
> 99 have registered for the program 
> 40 have completed the PA online program
> 23 have completed all requirements and been issued with the Introductory Coach qualification
Update to Paddle Log Website

The Paddle Log website will be updated shortly and the older version of the site ( will no longer be available from 1 July. If you're using Paddle Log through this website, make sure you export your log entries before this date and import them to the new site: If you require any assistance, please contact Paddle Australia at
When the Second Beer Costs You the Race

Jonathan Mayne recounts the amusing tale of how he and his C2 partner, Jim Simpson, lost a race by one second.

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Random Tips for Your Next Paddling Trip
Whether you’re new to paddling or you’ve been paddling for a while, we’ve put together some random tips and ideas that could change your world 
Johan Dreyer Takes Part in ICF 5K Paddle Challenge
72-year-old Johan Dreyer began a six-year canoeing career at the age of 40 as an incentive to give up smoking, then took a 24-year paddling break before being coaxed back at the age of 70 with the goal of winning Australian Masters events.
Olympians and Community Share Olympic Day Celebrations
Australian Olympians and sports fans celebrated Olympic Day on 23 June, marking the creation of the modern Olympic movement back in 1894. This year’s festivities saw Olympians invite the public to join them in setting #OlympicDayGoals to be achieved by 23 June. From Olympians learning instruments, juggling and attempting new athletic feats to school students setting reading, running and singing challenges, elite and community athletes alike joined in the spirit of the Olympic ideals.
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Two images of paddlers feature amongst the finalist images which have been named for the 2020 Women in Sport Photo Action Awards. Jessica Fox’s photo taken by Penrith photographer John Rohloff – JGR Images is featured in the professional category (left) while Josephine Bulmer’s shot taken by South Australian Institute of Sport Sport Scientist Sarah Woolford is featured in the amateur category (right).
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Images Courtesy of Women Sport Australia and #WISPAA

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