In such a challenging year, it is especially important to recognise the contributions of people within the grassroots paddling community. The Paddle Australia Awards 2020 are taking place this evening (Friday 30 October), celebrating some of the people who have given so much to our sport over the past 12 months. All the details are below. Otherwise, it’s a bumper edition of Paddle Pulse, with tips for night paddling, webinars to help aspiring SUPers, and an insight into how some of our best canoe slalom paddlers started out in the sport.

Finally, Paddle Australia would like to acknowledge in particular the adversity faced in Victoria in recent months and to show our appreciation for the determination and resilience shown by Victorians. Here’s hoping that all of us around the country will be able to be back on the water this summer to enjoy the beautiful waterways of Australia.
With you on the water,  

Paddle Australia
Paddle Australia Awards 2020 - Tonight!
Join us in celebrating the incredible achievements of the Australian paddling community! We're bringing a digital awards show live to you via the Paddle Australia Facebook Page, hosted by the renowned sports presenter, Louise Ransome.
Date: Friday 30th October
Time: 7.00pm AEDT
This year, there are three National Award categories, with each finalist nominated by our six State Paddle Associations:
- Club Coach of the Year
- Instructor / Guide of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year

See the finalists in each category on Facebook.

In addition, the following National Awards will be presented:  
- Services to Paddling
- Life Membership
- President's Award
Free ICF Stand Up Paddling Webinars: Learn How to SUP from the Best
The ICF is offering a free series of online workshops from the world's top SUP paddlers. Each workshop will be presented by different worldclass experts, including Australia's own Michael Booth, covering unique materials to teach novice to intermediate paddlers who wish to improve their SUP skills. 
Register here >>>
Australian Canoe Slalom Squad Members Share Their Inspiration
Click on the video to hear Australian Paddle Team Canoe Slalom Squad athletes tell us how they got into canoe slalom, who/what inspired them, and their advice to up and coming paddlers.
Paddle in Pink

This month, former champion paddler and Olympian, Richard Fox, launched Paddle in Pink as an original way to use a paddle sports theme to support the Pink up Penrith campaign, run in aid of the McGrath Foundation, while helping to provide support for people experiencing breast cancer. As well as contributing to Pink up Penrith, the aim is to grow awareness of all types of paddling across the Penrith River, Whitewater and Penrith Lakes venues.
Read more here >>>
Night Paddling Tips

Have you wanted to go paddling at night but haven't been too sure about how you should plan your trip? We've put together some tips so you can have an experience on the water like never before!

Read more here >>>
Paddle Australia 2020 Annual Report

The 2020 Annual Report has been accepted at PA's AGM today. Click below to read an update of the progress this year from PA, the six State Paddle Associations, and all of our paddling disciplines. This includes an update on membership, participation, and our strategic objectives across the 2019-20 year. Apologies in advance for the considerable use of the word 'unprecedented'!

Read the full PA 2019-20 Annual Report here >>>
Paddle Australia 2020 AGM
Click on the link below to watch Paddle Australia's AGM, which was held online today. This includes a few words from the Australian Sports Commission Chair, John Wylie AM, an address from the PA President, Andrea McQuitty, and a presentation of PA's progress this year from PA CEO, Phil Jones.
Click here to watch Paddle Australia's 2020 AGM >>>
Bendigo Canoe Club Paddlers Embrace Being Back on the Water

The annual Bendigo Canoe Club Cup was held on the 18th October, with paddlers from regional areas flocking to Bendigo for the event. Due to COVID-19, significant changes were made to the event, with the Club confident that this has helped to provide opportunities in future.

Read more here >>>
Paddle WA's LiveLighter Classic Paddle

Paddle WA's LiveLighter Classic Paddle event was a great success, with almost 200 paddlers competing in kayaks, skis, SUPs, outriggers and dragon boats! See more events coming up in WA here >>>
AOC Supporter Gear

Click on the image below to check out the AOC official supporter merchandise for the Tokyo Olympic Games, which will now be held in 2021, with a range available for both canoe sprint and canoe slalom.
Click Here to See & Subscribe to the "Paddle To Tokyo" Newsletter
Mark Sundin won Paddle NSW's Image of the Year Award recently with this stunning picture taken during Sutherland Shire Canoe Club's Botany Bay dawn training run on a cold, foggy winter’s morning. Mark took the photo of the team racing back to Dolls Point just as the dawn broke lighting up the city skyline in a foggy amber glow.

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