Thank You to the Paddling Community in a Challenging 2020

Paddle Australia and our State Paddle Associations have been proud to be able to play our part in ensuring that paddling has been able to continue almost right through 2020. We thank everyone for following the rules and guidelines, so keeping themselves and others safe, and maintaining the freedom to paddle that we all hold so dear.

Organised competition has certainly been a challenge this year, whether at club or state level. We acknowledge the many volunteers who have planned meticulously for events, often having to make changes or even cancel events altogether as circumstances change. Rather than give up, these setbacks only seem to have strengthened people's resolve that 'the show must go on'!

National events have proved impossible since March. We can only hope for better conditions in 2021 as we look forward to again being able to enjoy the challenge and camaraderie of major competitions.

We wanted to particularly acknowledge the support that the members of the paddling community have shown one another throughout the year. Nowhere is this better exemplified than through the Paddle On Foundation, established when COVID-19 hit to allow those less impacted to support those doing it tough. It is a testament to the generosity of paddlers that the Foundation has raised over $17,000 and has been able to support nearly 60 people to maintain membership of their club. 

As 2020 draws to a close, may we at Paddle Australia thank everyone for their support and care of others this year. We hope that despite the restrictions you are able to spend time with friends and family over the Christmas and New Year break. 

May we also take this opportunity to wish paddlers everywhere a very safe and happy Christmas and a more normal year in 2021.

Yours in Paddling,
Phil Jones, CEO Paddle Australia

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