One of the greatest strengths of paddling as an activity is the diverse range of events you can get involved in.  In this month’s Paddle Pulse we check in on both the ‘remotest canoe race in Australia’, staged on the Gregory River some 300kms north of Mount Isa, as well as the 2021 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships recently held in Adelaide.  One of them finished at the pub, you’ll need to read on to find out which one!  We also hear from one of Australia’s premier Marathon paddlers and the opportunities she sees for females to get involved in this challenging discipline.

This is also the time of year when many of us are looking at renewing our Club membership or maybe joining a Club for the first time.  We’ve provided some information on just some of the ways that Paddle Australia and its Clubs can be ‘with you on the water’.

Finally, the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics is only 24 sleeps away! Let’s get you sorted on how to follow 2020(1)’s biggest sporting event.

Yours in Paddling,
Paddle Australia
Your Guide to the Tokyo Olympic Games

After a 12 month delay due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have almost arrived, with just over 20 days to go until the world unites with one commonality: sport.

Australia will boast one of its strongest canoe/kayak teams to date in Tokyo, with a total of 17 athletes set to compete in the sprint/slalom disciplines at the Olympic Games, with four athletes flying the Australian flag at the Paralympic Games. Read more >>>

Sport Integrity Australia Education Session - Tuesday 7th July

Join Olympian and Paddle Australia athlete Jaime Roberts for an online Sport Integrity Australia Anti-Doping Education Session on Tuesday 7th July at 7pm.

This engaging and interactive presentation will explore key risks around the anti-doping rules to help athletes protect themselves and not get caught-out by accidentally breaking the rules. Using real-life doping scenarios and stories from banned athletes, participants will leave knowing more about the biggest threats, the doping control process and how all rules apply to them.

The Sport Integrity App will also be highlighted as a useful tool for all athletes and staff. It is highly recommended that participants complete the Anti-Doping Fundamentals eLearning Course prior to this session.

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, one of Australia's iconic races

Entries for this year's HCC will open on the 1st July! simply go to Canoe Classic to enter. 

Plus, we hear from the race's fastest ever female paddler, Naomi Johnston, and the opportunities she sees for female paddlers in marathon racing. For more information >>>
What are the benefits of joining a club?

It’s the time of year when many paddlers are thinking about joining a Club for 2021/22.

Being part of a Club community can add a tremendous amount to your paddling experience, so click here to find your nearest Club and here to find out what some of the benefits are:

Ever wanted to try Canoe Polo?

How much do you know about the best game on water?

Check out the video below and contact of you'd like to get involved.
2021 Oceania Canoe Polo Championships

The Oceania Canoe Polo Championships is coming back in 2021 after last years cancellation. The 2021 Championship will be hosted in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand from the 8th- 11th December 2021. For more information >>>
World Ocean Day

The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth. World Ocean Day was celebrated on June 8th this month and reminded us of the importance of the world’s oceans and ways that we can help preserve them.
Commercial Provider Membership - Sign Up Now And Be Covered Through To June 30th 2022

Commercial Provider Membership provides PA qualified Instructors, Guides and Coaches an opportunity to take the benefits of an individual PA membership a step further, by including their business operations.

Providers who hold a CPM will be able to ensure not only that they are covered undner the Membership, but also that the participants in their programs are to. For more information >>>

Member Benefit: Protect your paddle craft & equipment with Paddle Protect

Did you know that one of your member benefits is that you can access competitively priced paddle craft and equipment insurance through our Paddle Protect insurance policy?
Whether you are a recreational weekend paddler or a competitive 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 protect your financial investment so you can stay on the water enjoying the sport that you love! For more information >>>

Paddle Australia's New Office & the Traditional Custodians and Owners of the Land

Paddle Australia has recently relocated their office's to Stadium Australia in Sydney Olympic Park. For more information >>>

In recognition of Reconciliation Week, Paddle Australia would like to acknowledge the Wangal people as the first Custodians of the land, air and waters now known as Sydney Olympic Park. We pay respect to all First Nations People and Community Elders past, present and emerging.
Forward Sweep Stroke

The following short video gives some basic instruction on how to perform a Forward Sweep stroke. 
Paddle Australia recommends that paddlers seek further instruction from a PA qualified Instructor or undertake a training program to further develop and refine their skills. More details on Educational programs and PA instructors can be found here.
THE GREGORY: Remotest Canoe Race in Australia

The Gregory is the remotest canoe race in Australia. The location is 300km north of Mt Isa near the small community of Gregory on the Gregory River. The long race is over 42km whilst the short race covers 17km. The race is run by the North West Canoe Club and a band of the very enthusiastic and very hard-working volunteers. The some of the volunteers arrive a week before the event preparing the course, removing any hazardous or impassable obstacles the wet season delivered. Read More >>>
It's a Wrap!

Check out the sights and sounds of the 2021 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships and hear from some of Australia’s best sprint paddlers as they reflect on the event and look ahead to Tokyo.
Paralympics Australia Confirms Experienced Para-Canoe Squad For Tokyo 2020

Reigning Paralympic gold medallist and multiple World Champion Curtis McGrath is confident each member of Australia’s four-person Para-canoe Team for the Tokyo Games – announced on the Gold Coast on Saturday – will benefit from having competed at the Rio Games in 2016.Para-canoe was introduced as a Paralympic sport for Rio, where Australia won three medals, including gold to former army combat engineer McGrath, who triumphed in the KL2 classification. The three other Para-canoeists named for Tokyo are AJ Jennings, who won a silver medal in the KL3 in 2016, Susan Seipel, who claimed bronze in the KL2, and rising star Dylan Littlehales, who competed in the KL3 in Rio as a 17-year-old. Read more >>>

Tokyo Medal Hopeful Jessica Fox Wraps Up 2021 Pre-Olympic World Cup Series with Three-Medal Haul

Australia’s most successful canoe slalom paddler of all time Jessica Fox will head into the Tokyo Olympic Games with two 2021 World Cup gold and one World Cup bronze added to her name, after wrapping up the 2021 pre-Olympic World Cup series in Germany over the weekend.

In her only international racing ahead of the Games, Fox won gold in the women’s K1 on Saturday at the second ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Markkleeberg/Leipzig (18-20 June 2021), adding another medal to the C1 gold and K1 bronze she won at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup #1 in Prague, CZE last weekend (11-13 June 2021). The three-medal haul, including two gold, was followed by a fourth place in the women’s C1 on Sunday. Read more >>>

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South Australian Athletes, Josie Bulmer & Bernadette Wallace competing at the 2021 Sprint National Championships. Photo Credit: Carolyn Cooper

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