As we go to press, it is great to see decisions being made by state governments to lift restrictions and to open up state borders. Whilst we need to remain vigilant, this has allowed us to review the options for staging national competitions early in 2021, ensuring always that they are COVID safe. Read more about the current status in this edition. We are really looking forward to seeing people from all around Australia at national competitions again very soon.

November has seen the Paddle Australia team working to finalise additional benefits for members. We are pleased to announce two new initiatives: one that allows individual members to take out insurance on their paddle craft and equipment (Paddle Protect) and the other that gives instructors, guides and coaches the opportunity to take the benefits of an individual PA membership a step further, by including their business operations (Commercial Provider Membership). Read on for all the details of two new ways that Paddle Australia is “With You On The Water”.

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New Membership Launched for PA Qualified Instructors, Guides & Coaches

PA and the six State Paddle Associations are excited to launch a new membership offering, the Commercial Provider Membership, to further support and grow paddling within the community. Commercial Provider Membership provides PA qualified Instructors, Guides and Coaches a great opportunity to benefit from the support of the national sporting organisation. Watch the video below to find out more or read more here >>>
Greg Kaeding and Craig Dodd Recognised for Their Service to Paddling
Congratulations to Greg Kaeding and Craig Dodd who were recently recognised for their service to paddling. Greg Kaeding received life membership to the WA Olympic Council (WAOC) during the Sydney 2000 Anniversary Celebrations last month. Over the other side of Australia, Craig Dodd received the Distinguished Long Service Award at the NSW Community Sports Awards. Craig has been a hard-working and humble committee member, event organiser, President and state delegate for decades across two clubs: Central Coast Paddlers and Brisbane Water Paddlers. Congratulations to both and thank you for your outstanding service to paddling for many years!
National Level Competitions Update

Paddle Australia is pleased to provide an update on the competition calendar for 2021. While organising competitions in the current COVID-19 climate is challenging, PA is working in collaboration with the State Paddle Associations and the Discipline Technical Committees to deliver as many quality competition opportunities as possible. Read more details >>>
Introducing Paddle Protect - PA's new Paddle Craft & Equipment Insurance for Individuals

Paddle Australia and our six State Paddle Associations are excited to launch a fantastic new insurance offering for our members! We’d like to introduce Paddle Protect – Paddle Craft & Equipment Insurance for Individuals.

To date, this offering has only been available for Paddle Australia, the State Paddle Associations and Affiliated Clubs, so the extension of this comprehensive policy with a highly competitive pricing structure provides a great opportunity for members.

Whether you are an elite paddler or a leisurely weekend paddler, our Paddle Protect Paddle Craft & Equipment Insurance policy will protect your craft against accidental damage and/or theft (including equipment and accessories). This will help you protect your financial investment so you can stay on the water enjoying the sport that you love!

There is a flat rate pricing structure when the total sum insured (i.e. the combined value of the craft and any equipment being insured) is $5,000 or less, with personalised quotes provided if the total sum insured is over $5,000. The full year price (1 July - 30 June) is $110 however for a policy purchased in November/December, the premium is $77.

Personalised quotes will be provided for your consideration when the total sum insured is over $5,000.

Click here apply for a policy or quote, or for more information about Paddle Protect for Individuals >>>
The Paddle On Foundation: Jools' Story
In a recent edition of Paddle Pulse, we shared how almost 1000 donations received by the Paddle On Foundation have helped to support 53 paddlers to continue paddling as PA members.

Beyond just the statistics, we also wanted to share the inspiring and heart-warming impact of the Paddle On Foundation. We hope that you will be as touched as we were by Jools’ story and in knowing that your donations are going to very worthy causes. 

Read Jools' story here >>>
NOTE: The Paddle On Foundation will continue to accept applications for 2020/21 membership support until 31 December 2020, so if you or anyone you know would like to apply, click on this link to apply now! From 1 January 2021, the application criteria will be redefined to help support members and clubs in other ways. Stay tuned for more updates. 
Paddle Support Package Update

Paddle Australia and the six State Paddle Associations' offer of a 25% discount on their components of Club membership is available until 31 December 2020 for all new and renewing members. The discount will be automatically applied at checkout for memberships purchased up until midnight on 21 December 2020. For memberships purchased from 22 – 31 December 2020, a refund for the discount amount will be provided during the week commencing 4 January 2021 when Paddle Australia staff return to the office. To join or renew, please log in to the Paddle Australia Membership & Events Portal.
Paddle Australia Awards 2020 Celebrate Paddling Community
The achievements of grassroots sport and Australia’s paddling volunteers were at the centre of this year’s Paddle Australia Awards 2020, which for the first time were held in a digital format on Friday, 30 October 2020, and broadcast live via Paddle Australia’s Facebook page. Congratulations to all the deserving nominees and winners of each award!
Click here for a summary from the evening, including the nominees and winners >>>
Click here to watch the Paddle Australia Awards 2020 >>>
Athletes Learn Indigenous History and Culture of Land on Which They Train

Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games athletes have gained a greater appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, starting at a place very close to their hearts – their own sporting venues. In the lead-up to NAIDOC week from 8-15 November 2020, groups of athletes met with traditional landowners at their home training venue as part of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Share a Yarn initiative, including at Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast QLD - Yugambeh country. Click on the video below to find out more about the day.
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Tony Brown from Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club won Paddle QLD's 2020 Photo of the Year recently with this gorgeous shot, titled 'Varsity Sunrise'.

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