As we go to press, it is good to see things improving for our friends in the paddling community in Victoria, with people now able to get back on the water, albeit in a limited way. We acknowledge the work done by Paddle Victoria in advocating with the State Government on behalf of the paddlers of Victoria.

It is equally encouraging to see restrictions slowly lifting in other states, and the recent opening of the border between New South Wales and South Australia. All this gives us hope that some of the state and national competitions planned for this summer will be able to proceed, albeit with COVID-19 safety plans in place. Watch this space for further announcements.

Again, we acknowledge the responsible approach taken by our paddlers and clubs over the past six months. Thank you all. It is clear that we will be living with COVID-19 for some time to come. If we continue to act responsibly, we will all stay safe and be able to continue to enjoy our time on the water together, something that until recently we may have taken for granted. 
With you on the water,  

Paddle Australia
Paddle Oz Goes to Kununurra

Thanks to funding received through Sport Australia's 'Move It Aus' program, Paddle WA was able to deliver the national participation program, Paddle Oz, to the remote WA town of Kununurra. Paddle WA ran a series of paddling lessons and PAQS Guide and Instructor courses for both teachers and students to develop new skills and try new experiences, particularly for those who can't usually go into the water due to saltwater crocodiles! Read more here >>>
Helen Brownlee (L) and Peter Carter (R, middle) have been acknowledged for their services to paddling.

Life Members Acknowledged for Services to Paddling

PA Life Members Helen Brownlee and Peter Carter have recently been acknowledged for their outstanding services to paddling. Helen, also a Hall of Fame member, has received a Merit Award from the Organisation of Sports Federations of Oceania for advancing women in sport and her contribution to advancing education in the Olympic movement. Meanwhile, Peter has received an Order of Australia for services to paddling. Congratulations to both for this well-deserved recognition!
Remembering Sydney 2000 for Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom

Twenty years since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Paddle Australia Olympians, coaches, administrators and volunteers have been sharing their #MySydney2000 memories about ‘the best Games ever’ and celebrated the 20th anniversary of canoe slalom at Penrith Whitewater Stadium (pictured) and canoe sprint at Sydney International Regatta Centre. Olympians have also shared their stories of the final day of canoe sprint competition, which almost didn't go ahead due to bad weather. Read more >>>
Leave No Trace Paddling

PA follows the Leave No Trace Australia "7 Principles of  Leave No Trace", including planning ahead and preparing, disposing of waste properly, leaving what you find, and more. Make sure you check out these seven principles before your next paddling trip to minimise your impact on the natural and cultural heritage areas of Australia.
Read all the principles here >>>
Funding Received for State Slalom Course in WA

The WA Government has announced $300,000 of funding will be directed towards the development of a flatwater canoe slalom course on the Swan River outside Ascot Kayak Club, to be used be slalom paddlers from all WA paddling clubs. The construction of a world-class training facility in WA will ensure athletes have the best training environment when there is no whitewater available.

Click here to read more >>>
Paddle On Foundation Update

The Paddle On Foundation was established by Paddle Australia and the six State Paddle Associations earlier this year to support paddlers adversely affected by COVID-19. In just a few months, the Foundation has been able to support numerous paddlers while also receiving generous contributions from the paddling community to help continue to support those in need.
Read the full report here >>>
North Esk Paddle Fest

Check out some frenetic footage from the North Esk Paddle Fest, held in Tasmania on 13th September!
2020 Paddle Australia Annual Awards
This year we are taking the Annual Awards online, so there’s an opportunity for everyone in the national paddling community to be involved. While international paddling has unfortunately been put on hold due to COVID-19, this year’s Awards are nevertheless an opportunity to recognise some fantastic achievements by the paddling community. Hosted by FoxSports’ Louise Ransome, this will be a night to remember. Save the date to watch live on the Paddle Australia Facebook page on Friday 30 October at 7:00pm (AEDT). Further details to follow!
Tom Green's Gift of Giving

Paddle Australia’s up and coming sprint kayaker and 2019 U23 double world champion Tom Green was meant to compete at his first Olympic Games last month after dominating the canoe sprint selection trials in February and March and securing selection on his first Australian Olympic Team.

But following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games, the Gold Coaster has put his energy into helping others.  Recognising his privileged position in the current pandemic, Green established a charity, called Gifted Org Gold Coast, which provides pre-loved technology to children in foster care.

“Gifted Org provides pre-loved technology such as iPads, tablets and laptops to children in foster care to enable online learning and social connectedness,” explains the 21-year old.
Read more here >>>

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PA President, Andrea McQuitty, took this peaceful photo in Tasmania. "It was taken when I went for a very early morning paddle on a heatwave day, just days before we heard about COVID-19 spreading globally. To me, it is a picture of a past idyllic world, looking back into a different time."

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