Paddle Australia was delighted with the decision of the IOC this week that Brisbane and the AOC be invited to 'targeted dialogue' for the Olympic Games 2032. This means that the Brisbane bid is the only one that the IOC is now actively pursuing. There is still work to do, but confirmation is expected before the end of this year. Our congratulations John Coates, President of the AOC and IOC Member, AOC CEO Matt Carroll, the Queensland and Federal Governments and everyone involved. 

This is wonderful news for Australian Sport. Especially exciting is the 'runway' of more than 10 years that we now have to maximise the opportunities that the hosting of a home Olympic Games creates. Some of the athletes that will have the special honour of representing Australia at their home Olympic Games in 2032 are still at junior school! This provides all sports, but Olympic Sports in particular with a unique development opportunity. 

Paddle Australia looks forward to working with everyone in grabbing this opportunity for our sport firmly with both hands!!

Yours in Paddling,
Paddle Australia
Masters Women’s Sprint Squad – a WA success story
On the 28th of January in Western Australia, 26 athletes started a three-week program after Ramon Andersson and Sue McDougall (Ascot Kayak Club) saw an opportunity to increase female masters participation in the sprint discipline. The Paddle WA Sprint Technical Committee was anticipating 10 athletes signing up for the program, but was surprised to see the training squad fully booked out in less than 24 hours! There was 147 registrations to the Paddle WA LiveLighter Canoe Sprint Championships, which SMASHED the WA participation record by 36 people. Read More >>>
Derwent Canoe Club 50th Anniversary!
The Derwent Canoe Club Celebrated its 50th Anniversary at the beginning of February. The club hosted a 3 day event that involved fun paddling activities such as slalom, ocean ski racing and nine hours of open water access. The club also proudly recognised and thanked the original club stalwarts in front of a crowd of over 100 people. Read More >>>
Tasmanian Paddle Week 2021
Paddle Week 2021 was a buzz for the hundreds of kayakers and rafters who joined in on such a great event. Hydro Tasmania provided scheduled water releases on 4 rivers over 8 days, creating an amazing whitewater kayaking holiday.
The started off at the Upper Mersey Whitewater Course, a grade 3 river.  Over 100 kayakers and rafters of all ages were ducking around the rapids, showing how popular this river is with all ability levels. It was a great day by all!

Read More >>> 
One Club's Amazing Efforts in Trip Preparation, Water Safety and Community Wellbeing.
On Sunday 24 January 2021, six River Canoe Club members participated in a club paddle from Rose Bay to Little Manly. On this paddle the club members negotiated difficult conditions and effected a rescue for in-experienced paddler. Read More >>>
2021 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championship
After careful consideration, the 2021 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships have been rescheduled and are now set to take place at Sydney International Regatta Centre 20-23 May 2021.
We understand that it can be hard for participants to keep up with the changes around competitions in this COVID-19 affected season. For this reason, PA has developed this page as a main point of information for our National Level Competitions. For More Information >>>

Ever Wanted To Be A Coach?
Paddle Australia has recently reviewed its Coaching Framework and Qualifications. During COVID-19, Paddle Australia was able to involve our leading High-Performance coaches as well as our Discipline Technical Committees in these discussions, leading to the launch last year of three new coaching courses:
  • Introduction To Coaching
  • Foundation Coach - Flatwater (Sprint, Marathon and Paracanoe)
  • Foundation Coach - Slalom
For anyone looking to help others discover the joys of paddling, start your coaching journey here. 
Clean Up Australia Day: 7th March 2021. Find a Paddle Clean Up Event near you!
As the National Sporting Organisation representing paddling in Australia, Paddle Australia recognises the importance of protecting our natural environment.  We encourage all paddlers to do their bit to Clean Up Australia. Therefore, we are happy to announce we have allied with Clean up Australia Day!

If you want to do your part to keep our paddling environment clean, you can join some of the Paddling Clubs across Australia who have a registered Paddling Clean Up event and are doing their bit to clean our beautiful waterways.

"The Shoalhaven Canoe and Kayak Club is pleased to be participating in Clean Up Australia Day,  to help maintain one of our local waterways and also an opportunity to invite and connect with other paddle craft users " - Andy Halliday, On behalf of the Shoalhaven Canoe and Kayak Club.

To find out if there is a Paddle Clean Up Australia event near you and how you can help, visit Clean Up Australia Day. If your local Club isn’t listed, why not have a chat with them about getting involved.

So roll up your sleeves and help keep our Paddle environment clean for all!
68.6kgs of Rubbish! What the Sutherland Shire Canoe Club Collected At Their Clean Up Paddle
On Sunday the 13th December Sutherland Shire Canoe Club organised a clean-up paddle on the Woronora River. During this event club members were able to clean up areas that were only accessible by kayaks. Through the participants' amazing efforts they were able to collect 68.6kgs of rubbish floating in the water and foreshore of the river!!

The Sutherland Shire Canoe Club highlighted that although it was disappointing to see so much rubbish, everyone had a great day participating in such a worthwhile event.  Read More >>>
2021 Paddle Queensland Canoe Sprint Championships
With Tokyo 2021 fast approaching, this year’s Paddle Queensland Canoe Sprint Championships gave our Australian Olympic Team Canoe Sprint Paddler the opportunity to smash out some unbelievable results before the upcoming Games in July. In addition, our up and coming Team Australia- Sprint/Slalom Canoe Sprint talent got the chance to race our Olympians and Paralympians on home water. Read More >>>
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A kayaker takes on Sailor Jack on the King River in Tasmania. Photo By: Russell Horton

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