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November has been a month of celebration for Paddle Australia, with our community coming together virtually to celebrate the 2021 Paddle Australia Annual Awards. Although COVID has once again prevented us meeting in person, we have still been able to recognise the great work and achievements of our paddling community. 

Click here to read the full update from Paddle Australia CEO Phil Jones

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Yours in Paddling,
Paddle Australia
Tasmania's Jenny Purtell honoured with Award of Merit

Paddle Australia is pleased to honour Jenny Purtell with the Award of Merit, as part of the virtual Annual Awards celebration recognising the significant contributions across the sport throughout the year. 

Jenny is a stalwart for the canoe polo community, currently serving as the manager of the Tasmanian Canoe Polo team. Since 2019, Jenny has been committed to promoting and managing a resurgence for canoe polo at a national level in Tasmania. Read more >>>

Curtis McGrath presented with 2021 President's Award

At the 2021 Annual General Meeting, Paddle Australia President Andrea McQuitty presented the first award as part of the virtual Annual Awards celebrations.

Three-time Paralympic champion Curtis McGrath was honoured as the 2021 recipient of the prestigious President's Award. Watch the presentation >>>

Peter Clements of Derwent Canoe Club named 2021 Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Peter Clements of Derwent Canoe Club in Tasmania who has been named Paddle Australia’s 2021 Volunteer of the Year.

Peter supports and participates in Derwent Canoe Club in almost every discipline and in a multitude of ways. He gives not just hours, but weeks of his time every year to support the club. We caught up with Peter to find out how he got into paddling. Check it out >>>

Joe Alia honoured for his services to paddling

Paddle Australia is posthumously honouring Marathon volunteer Joe Alia for his contributions to the paddling community with the 2021 Services to Paddling Award.

The Services to Paddling award recognises the efforts of non-professional sports personnel who have served the administration or development of paddling over a number of years at a state or national level.

Joe was a long term supporter of paddling in Australia, his involvement spanning nearly 50 years. Click here to read more >>>

Mark Oates and Dan Hall named 2021 Instructor/Guide of the Year

Paddle Australia is pleased to announce that Mark Oates and Dan Hall (Tasmania) have been named 2021 Instructor/Guide of the Year.

Mark and Dan are pioneers of pack rafting in Australia, creating a community who are not only well informed, but educated on paddling skills, river rescues, hazards and how to use equipment safely. Congratulations Mark and Dan! Watch the full video >>>

Laurie Lawrence of Big River Canoe Club awarded Master Paddler of the Year

Congratulations to Laurie Lawrence of Big River Canoe Club in Northern New South Wales has today been named Paddle Australia's 2021 Master Paddler of the Year.

Laurie works as a Whitewater instructor, as well as volunteering as a coach at club level, and slalom judge. Read more >>>
Laura White wins Technical Official of the Year

Paddle Australia is pleased to announce that Laura White (NSW) has been named 2021 Technical Official of the Year, as part of the virtual Paddle Australia Awards celebrations.

Laura is a committed and dedicated volunteer, who’s journey as an official saw her selected as a technical official for the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Hear from Laura >>>

Olympic gold medalists Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen win Team of the Year 

Tokyo Olympic gold medalists Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen have been named as the 2021 Team of the Year.

Green and van der Westhuyzen made Australian team history when they made their Olympic debut in Tokyo, becoming the first Australians to win Olympic gold in the men’s K2 1000m event.

They went into the Olympics as the ‘unknowns’, with no international competition in the months leading into the Games, the Olympics was their first competition as a team. Read more >>>

2021 Club Coach of the Year awarded to Christine Duff

Congratulations to Christine Duff from Sydney Northern Beaches Kayak Club (SNBKC) who has been named 2021 Club Coach of the Year. Christine has worked tirelessly throughout COVID lockdowns to keep the SNBKC members healthy, motivated and together. Hear from Christine >>>

Junior Paddler of the Year (Non-Olympic Disciplines) awarded to Hunter Florisson

Hunter Florisson from Ascot Kayak Club in Western Australia has been rewarded for his impressive results this season, in being named the 2021 Junior Paddler of the Year (Non-Olympic Disciplines.

Congratulations Hunter! Watch the video >>>
Jane Pankhurst named 2021 Paddler of the Year (Non-Olympic Disciplines)

Western Australia's Jane Pankhurst has been named the 2021 Paddle Australia Paddler of the Year (Non-Olympic Disciplines).

Jane competed with distinction in almost every marathon race this season, a highlight being finishing first in the Avon Descent. Hear from Jane >>>

Paddle Australia strengthens High Performance Leadership Team

Paddle Australia (PA) has strengthened its leadership team with the appointments of Kim Crane as the National Performance Director and David Foureur as the new General Manager Performance - Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe.

Following a highly successful Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, along with the announcement of Brisbane as the host city of the 2032 Games, PA is excited to welcome Kim and David to their new roles in the high performance team as the sport embarks on a new, ambitious and exciting high performance and pathway strategy.
 Read more >>>

Curtis McGrath honoured at 2021 QSport Awards

3x Paralympic champion Curtis McGrath was named the 2021 Queensland Sport Athlete with a Disability Award recipient for his double gold medal performance in Tokyo at the Paralympic Games.

Curtis was honoured at the QSport Awards, held in Brisbane on Thursday 25 November Read more >>>

NSW star athletes celebrated at the 2021 NSWIS Awards

The remarkable achievements of our state’s world-class athletes have been celebrated at the prestigious NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Awards, following their success at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The NSWIS Canoe Slalom program was one of the night’s biggest winners being named the Sydney OlympicPark Authority Program of the Year while Paralympic Hall of Fame and Athletics Coach Louise Sauvage, picked up the Musashi Coach of the Year Award, and Madison De Rozario and Jessica Fox with equally impressive accomplishments at their respective Tokyo Games were honoured as dual Office of Sport Female Athletes of the Year. Read more >>>

Canoeing takes out WAIS Program of the Year

Congratulations to the WAIS Canoeing program which was named 2021 Program of the Year, at the 2021 Western Australia Institute of Sport Awards. Jaime Roberts and Shannon Reynolds are both products of the WAIS program and represented Australia at the Tokyo Olympic Games. 

Olympic gold medalist Jess Fox appointed to IOC Athletes' Commission

Paddle Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) have welcomed the appointment of Olympic champion canoeist Jess Fox to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes' Commission.

IOC President Thomas Bach announced the appointment earlier this month, with the Tokyo champion joining 17 other Olympians on the IOC Commission. Read more >>>

Olympians and Paralympians helping kids to be mentally fit

20 athletes from 16 sports will help children with their own mental health and resilience strategies as part of a national program between the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the Black Dog Institute.

Following the success of the inaugural program, the new group of ambassadors includes Tokyo Olympian Shannon Reynolds and canoe slalom paddler Kate Eckhardt. Read more >>>

Position Vacant - Sport Operations and Events Coordinator

Paddle Australia is seeking applications for the role of Sport Operations and Events Coordinator.

The Sport Operations and Events Coordinator is employed to assist in the delivery of national events for both Olympic and non-Olympic disciplines, and actively support driving engagement and participation in non-Olympic disciplines (Canoe Polo, Freestyle, Marathon, Ocean Racing, Wildwater and SUP).
 Find more >>>
Paddle Smart

Paddle Smart has been designed for all paddlers: from those who are new to paddle sports to those that are already hooked on this great lifelong activity.

Take note of these five vital checks when planning your boating trip: warnings current for your paddling area, weather conditions affecting safe navigation and comfort, wind conditions, wave conditions and tide times. 
Be prepared to defer your plans until another day if the winds are too strong and the waves too big. Find more >>>
What a sight for the early risers! A beautiful sunrise over Sydney Harbour.
Photo: Sydney by Kayak

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