Australia has been captivated by the Tokyo Olympic Games, with our Aussie athletes across all sports providing a silver lining after what has been a challenging two years. Among those are our Olympic canoe and kayak athletes who are representing us proudly on the world stage. Off the back of the success of our slalom athletes, keep an eye out for our sprint team who commence their campaign next week

In this edition of Paddle Pulse, we shine a spotlight on all things Tokyo Olympics as a new generation is inspired to enjoy the sport we all love. We also bring you highlights from our community, tips to help with your paddling and updates on events. As always, to keep up-to-date, stay tuned to and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Yours in Paddling,
Paddle Australia
Fox paddles into history

The 'Silver Fox' is no more. Jessica Fox is now a 'Golden Girl.' Fox, a silver medallist in London, and a bronze medalist from Rio, had to put the 'disappointment' of a third place in the K1 in Tokyo behind her, and she delivered when it mattered most - and in doing so entered the record books as the very first winner of the women's C1. Read more >>>
Olympic finalist Delfour aims for Paris 2024

Lucien Delfour has finished eighth in his first Olympic final in the men’s K1 event, after missing the top-10 final at the Rio Olympic Games. Showing that he can match it with the world’s best, Delfour recorded a time of 97.52 seconds in the semi-final to progress through to the final in sixth place.  He went on to finish the top-10 final in a time of 102.33 seconds, including a two second penalty for a gate touch. Read more >>>

Watkins fulfils lifelong dream of making Olympic final
Australia was behind canoe slalom paddler Dan Watkins, who finished ninth in his first Olympic final after qualifying second fastest in the semi finals of the men's canoe. Watkins recorded an impressive time of 101.28 in a clean run in the semis that saw him finish only +0.63 seconds behind the fastest paddler, Frenchman Martin Thomas Read more >>>
Tokyo 2020 Preview: Canoe Sprint

Fourteen Australian canoe sprint paddlers will be contesting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a record 52 countries and 249 athletes to compete in the canoe sprint competition at Seaforest Waterway from 2-7 August 2021 Read more >>>

Whether you participate for pure enjoyment, the thrill of a challenge or have ambitions of becoming an Olympic or Paralympic champion, paddling may well be the sport for you!

Want to #HaveAGo? Click here to find out how you can try canoe slalom or canoe sprint.
Team AUS Stand

Show your support for the Australian Olympic Team. Secure your seat in the TeamAUS Stand and send your 'good luck' message to the team or your favourite Aussie athlete in Tokyo.

Your virtual seat will get you 2x personalised graphics, $10 off at the Australian Olympic Team shop (when you spend over $40) and an invitation to join a group video call with an Australian athlete in quaratine.

The price has been made FREE for the whole Olympic family. Click here to secure your seat >>>
Paddle On Foundation

As COVID-19 continues to impact our everyday lives, we know all too well how quickly personal circumstances can change. If you renewed your Club membership in June but have since been adversely impacted financially by various State lockdowns, the Paddle On Foundation is here to help lighten the load. CLICK HERE to complete an application. It will be assessed and if approved, a refund will be provided for part or all of Club, State and Paddle Australia membership fees.

Haven’t renewed yet? If your membership has expired please login to the Paddle Australia Membership and Events Portal to reactivate your membership.   Please note: you will not see a ‘renew’ button as your membership has expired, so please follow the system based prompts or the instructions in the Lapsed Member Guide.  Email if you need any help.  And remember the Paddle On Foundation is here to help if the impact of COVID-19 is making renewing your membership difficult. Find out more >>> 

Catch up with recently crowned Olympic gold medalist Jess Fox about the Paddle On Foundation (click video above)

Para Canoe paddler takes on Murray 200 Marathon

For over 30 years the Riverland Paddling Marathon has attracted paddling enthusiasts from across the country on the June long weekend as they paddle one of the most iconic rivers in Australia - the Murray River. 

Paddle SA member George Hucks, a passionate para canoe paddler, took on the ultimate challenge of the Murrary 200 Marathon - 208 kilometres, over three days from Berri to Morgan.  

Huck has taken part in the Murray 100 in previous years, but this year decided to take on the 200 and push the limits. Read the full story

Want to try your hand at marathon paddling? Find out more >>>

Paddle NSW Environment Committee

Meet the Paddle NSW Environment Committee, which has introduced a raft of initiatives to help keep our waterways clean. The range of programs includes Clean Up Paddles, collecting litter data, establishing an environmental code, launching a dedicated website and so much more. Click video on the right to hear Bron Powell talks about their programs. With SUPtember coming up, find out more information >>>

Queensland secures the Olympic and Paralympic Games for 2032

With the Tokyo Olympics currently underway, Australians are looking forward to the Games coming home, with Brisbane awarded the rights to host the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the world's biggest sporting event.

Not only will another Games down under help to identify the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians, but will see a significant investment made to build and upgrade sporting infrastructure to be able to best support our country's sporting programs from grassroots through to the elite. Click here for more >>>
Sport Australia funding boost to help find the next wave of Volunteers

Paddle Australia is pleased to be the beneficiary of the Sport Australia Capability Building Program Grant. The funding will help us to build and deliver a national strategy for volunteers, to help keep the foundations of our sport strong in the years to come. Click here for more
Feathered Draw

Find out how you can perfect the 'feathered draw' - a stroke that will allow you to slide sideways in the water in both whitewater and recreational kayaks.

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.
Jess and Myriam Fox celebrate Jess' historic gold medal win in the first ever women's Olympic C1 final Photo Credit: Bence Vekassy

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