Last week saw the official recognition of some of the people who contribute so much to our community: National Volunteer Week.  For the paddling community, we had a wonderful example of what the volunteer spirit could achieve with the hosting of the 2021 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships.  Originally set to take place in Sydney, the Championships were switched to Adelaide at the last minute due to an algae bloom at the Penrith course.  An impossible task you might say?  Not at all, as an amazing group of volunteers and officials built an event that was even bigger and better than had been budgeted for Sydney – more paddlers, more spectators and more smiles.  Paddle Australia is immensely grateful to those who volunteer, read below for some of their stories.
Also, World Environment Day is coming up on 5 June.  As paddlers we know that keeping our waterways clean is a 365 day a year mission, but W.E.D. is a helpful occasion to think specifically about what you can do to protect the paddling environment.  
As per usual, there are also a stack more stories and tips for you below, and remember that you can keep up to date with Paddle Australia on Facebook and Instagram. We hope you enjoy this month’s Paddle Pulse

Yours in Paddling,
Paddle Australia
National Volunteers Week
In May Paddle Australia acknowledged all the amazing efforts our volunteers contribute to sport. Whether you are involved as a volunteer coach, official or in any other way, we want to thank you for your contribution to Paddling community.

Take a look at the incredible contribution of Paddle Australia's volunteers, Ian Hume, Laura White and Fred Bahrami.

Canoe Slalom Recovery Plan 
The past 18 months have significantly impacted Canoe Slalom, with Paddle Australia set to launch a ‘Plan for Consultation’ that will engage the community to identify solutions to ensure Canoe Slalom can thrive both in the short and long term. Read more >>>
Paddling Legends Still Have What it Takes!!
Paddling legends Ken Wallace and Andrew Trim jumped back in the K4 with next generation stars to relive the glory days of their Olympic careers. With tips from Olympic legends, could these two Manly Warringah Kayak Club  juniors be the tips for the potential Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games? Check out the video below!
June signals the official kick-off of the 2021/22 paddling season!
With many Clubs offering rolling memberships we now have members renewing at all different times throughout the year. However for many members whose memberships expire on 30 June, next Tuesday (1 June) is the day you can jump into the Paddle Australia Membership and Events Portal and renew your membership! 
When you do next renew, you will notice a change at checkout. The Paddle Australia and State Paddle Association fees will be shown as separate line items for the first time.  Read More >>>
Paddle Australia and Your State Paddle Association… With You on the Water
When you join a Paddle Club, you become part of a united paddling community, supported by your State Paddle Association and Paddle Australia.
Paddle Australia and your State Paddle Association add value and benefits in many different ways. Some relate directly to you, some to your Club and others to the broader paddling community. This all adds up to good news for you!
Take a look at this video to learn more! 
The Paddle On Foundation… Offering Financial Support Again in 2021
If the impact of COVID-19 means that paying for your 2021/22 membership is causing undue financial pressure, you can click here to complete the simple application form to request support with the payment of your Paddle Australia, State Paddle Association and Club membership via The Paddle On Foundation.  The Paddle On Foundation will pay all or part of your fees, subject to review of each application by Paddle Australia.  Read More >>>
World Environment Day: Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level!
World Environment Day is coming up on the 5th of June and is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment. The theme for World Environment Day 2021 is “Ecosystem Restoration”. Help celebrate World Environment Day and restore Australia’s ecosystem by cleaning up your local beaches and waterways. Lean more >>>
Looking to Explore?
One of the great things about paddling is that you can do it in so many different locations. Visit the Paddle Australia website to find your local Paddle Destination resources. 
If you or anyone you know are aware of other resources that should be on the Paddle Destinations page, we would love to hear about them! Please email Paddle Australia at 
That's a wrap on the 2021 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships!
Congratulations to all the competitors, with 270 races held across five massive days of competition. Thank you to Paddle SA and all the volunteers who helped deliver the event and for all the competitors for showing great sportsmanship.
Position Statement - International Travel and Touring Teams

Paddle Australia (PA) has made the difficult decision that, other than in exceptional circumstances, they will not be supporting touring teams to international competitions for the remainder of 2021.

In a detailed Position Statement released on the 27th of May, Paddle Australia explains that the decision has been made taking into account the general situation presented by COVID-19 globally and in Australia and the challenges and risks for athletes and teams involved in international travel. In particular, PA notes the strict ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on all overseas travel from Australia (with the exception of NZ). Read more >>>

Gold rush for Tokyo Olympians at Nationals in Adelaide
Tokyo bound Olympians have wrapped up the 2021 Paddle Australia canoe Sprint Championships with an impressive collective medal haul. The Championships featured the Olympic and Paralympic Sprint team. With more than 270 races held over five days. Read more >>> 
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Ascot Kayak Club Member, Georgina Collin, effortlessly paddling through White Water. Read More>>>

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