With the Annual General Meeting upon us, I have had to opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months, and I would personally like to thank our paddlers, coaches, officials, volunteers, administrators, parents and support networks for their ongoing support and commitment. For some, it has been a year impacted by lockdowns and one that has disrupted not only our daily lives but how we are able to participate in and enjoy our sport. Through these tough times, our sport has again shown great resilience.

As we look towards the next 12 months, I look forward to our paddling community being able to reunite again. The start of summer is fast approaching, and I know that our members are looking forward to spending more time afloat!

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

As always, to keep up-to-date, stay tuned to paddle.org.au and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Yours in Paddling,
Paddle Australia
New Swan River canoe slalom course opens

A new flat water slalom course on the Swan River has officially opened - just months after Jessica Fox won Australia's first Olympic gold medal in the canoe slalom event. The McGowan Government contributed $300,000 through the State Sporting Infrastructure Fund to assist in the development of the Ascot course last year.

The slalom course will be a training facility where introductory and skills courses can be run all year round, used in conjunction with advanced white water locations such as the Avon River through Walyunga National Park. Read more >>>

Paddle SA Team Paddle Challenge

The Paddle SA Team Paddle Challenge is a fun paddle sports event for young people and presents participants with challenges and opportunities while paddling along the beautiful River Murray. Paddle SA has run this event since 2003, giving young South Australians the chance to have fun, make new friends, learn about the environment and go on an adventure.  

The 2021 event will be held on the banks of the River Murray near Blanchetown, South Australia. Click here to find out more >>>

Paddle Australia welcomes community feedback on Canoe Slalom Recovery Plan

There are few other paddling disciplines that have been impacted to the level Canoe Slalom has been by the COVID-19 pandemic in the past two years.

In May, the Paddle Australia (PA) Board asked the Canoe Slalom Technical Committee (PASLTC) for their recommendations, with PA Management support, to develop a Canoe Slalom Recovery Plan. The paper was presented and discussed at the September Board meeting. Click here for more >>>

Paddle Australia welcomes Brett Johnstone as new Executive Officer of Paddle Tasmania

Paddle Australia is pleased to welcome Brett Johnstone as the new Executive Officer of Paddle Tasmania.

Johnstone joins Paddle Tasmania with a strong background in community sport organisations at all levels from his extensive volunteering, administration and Board roles across cricket, basketball and Little Athletics. Read more >>>
Paddle Australia provides support for clubs in capturing COVID-19 vaccination evidence

As Australia moves towards establishing a way of 'living with COVID' and the vaccination rollout continues across the country, each State and Territory has their own roadmap, their own mandatory requirements based on their current situation, and elements that individual workplaces and organisations have some discretion over. Health orders and policies around vaccinations vary significantly around the country.

With this in mind, it is difficult for Paddle Australia (PA) to develop policies or even provide consistent advice to clubs or event organisers around vaccination-related issues. PA are however pleased to advise that we have created a solution to cater for the provision, capture and storage of COVID-19 Vaccination Evidence in GoMembership if this is deemed to be required by your club or event.

Clubs will consult with their State Government guidelines and their State Paddle Association to inform local decision making in relation to the complex and ever changing matter.

Natalia Drobot awarded Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship

Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) has announced 10 outstanding young athletes selected in its 2022 Scholarship and Mentoring Program. 10 recipients, from 10 sports have been selected in SAHOF's Tier 2 Scholarship Program, including Paddle Australia's Natalia Drobot.

They will each receive a $5,000 sporting grant plus support and encouragement across the next 14 months from SAHOF and its esteemed member base. Read more >>>
2021 Paddle Australia Annual Awards to be celebrated online

Traditionally this time of year is when the paddling community would gather for Paddle Australia's night of nights. While in 2021 the community cannot be physically together, the Paddle Australia Annual Awards will be celebrated online, as we take a look back at the year that was.

The Paddle Australia Annual Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions of the paddling community over a 12 month period, and provide a platform to honour those who have contributed to the sport over a number of years. Read more >>>
PA Canoe Slalom Age Championships

The 2021 PA Canoe Slalom Age Championships were scheduled to take place at Eildon in Victoria on 27-28 November 2021. Paddle Australia has had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 PA Canoe Slalom Age Championships, however Paddle Victoria still aims to hold a state level competition on the original dates if restrictions allow. Read more >>>

PA Grand Prix 1 - West Lakes, Adelaide

The PA Canoe Sprint GP1 regatta, was set to take place at West Lakes in Adelaide from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 December 2021.

Unfortunately, the current COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges, with state border closures Australia wide. In consultation with Paddle South Australia, the local organising committee, and in accordance with the PA National Level Competitions policy, PA has sadly had to make the decision to cancel the 2021 PA Canoe Sprint GP1 regatta as a national level event. Read more >>>

PA Grand Prix 2 - Penrith, NSW

Paddle Australia are still planning for the 2021 PA Canoe Sprint GP2 regatta proceeding at the Sydney International Regatta Centre from 17 - 20 February. Further information will be provided closer to the event. Read more >>>
PA Canoe Sprint Nationals - Perth, WA

The PA Canoe Sprint National Championships are currently scheduled to be held at Champion Lakes in Perth, Western Australia from 29 March to 2 April. Paddle Australia is closely monitoring the circumstances with COVID-19 and the Western Australia border closures.

A decision will be made late November at a meeting of the Technical Committee as to whether the location of the Championships will remain in Perth, or if a different location will be chosen due to border closures. Read 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.

Paddle craft sit low to the water and can be difficult for other boats to see. Make yourself visible by wearing bright clothes and using reflective tape on your paddle. Consider fitting a flag to your craft, and use a bright all-round light at night. Find out more >>>
SUP paddlers enjoying a 'Wake Up and SUP' session at West Lakes, Adelaide
Photo: Elise Lavers

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