December marks an exciting time, with the summer season in full flight and holiday period fast approaching. As the weather starts to warm up, it's a good time to remind our community of the importance of being safe in, on and around water.

May I also take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over what has been a challenging but exciting 12 months. Whether spending time with family and friends or taking the opportunity to visit another part of our beautiful country now that more borders are opening up, whatever you are doing over the Christmas and New Year break, take care and stay safe.

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

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

Yours in Paddling,
Paddle Australia
Paddle Australia unveils new look Canoe Sprint High Performance team

After recently announcing the appointments of two of the new leadership positions, Kim Crane as the National Performance Director and David Foureur as the new General Manager Performance - Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe, Paddle Australia is now pleased to unveil the new structure and appointments of the Canoe Sprint program. Read more >>>

Scholarships supporting athletes in sport, education and life

Thirty-seven athletes from 19 sports and 21 tertiary institutions have been awarded more than $100,000 in AIS Education Scholarships, a program supporting athletes to be successful in sport, education and life. A key feature of this year's expanded program is supporting athletes with education earlier in their high performance sporting careers.

Canoe Sprint paddler Caitlin Webber is among the athletes receiving this round of AIS Education Scholarships.  Read more >>>

Olympic Kayakers supporting National Water Safety Day

Australian medalists from the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have joined forces with leading Ironmen and Ironwomen in support of Surf Life Saving's awareness campaign for National Water Safety Day.

Olympic gold medalists Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen have teamed up with Surf Life Saving Australia in a bid to make water safety a priority this summer. Check it out >>>

Olympic bronze medalist Ramon Andersson inducted into Paddle Australia Hall of Fame

Dual Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist Ramon Andersson is the newest inductee to the Paddle Australia Hall of Fame. Membership of the Paddle Australia Hall of Fame represents the highest level of recognition for an individual's contribution to canoeing.

Fellow Hall of Famers Danielle Woodward and John Jacoby surprised Ramon with the announcement. Watch the full video >>>

Susan Seipel named Paracanoeist of the Year

Tokyo 2020 Paraympic silver medalist Susan Seipel was honoured as Paddle Australia's 2021 Paracanoeist of the Year as part of the virtual Annual Awards celebrations.

We caught up with Susan to talk about the year that was, and what it means to win the award. Check it out >>>

Fox and McGrath win National Paddler of the Year Award

Triple Olympian Jess Fox and dual Paralympian Curtis McGrath have jointly claimed Paddle Australia's 'Paddler of the Year' Award, after an impressive 2021.

The duo were the stand out paddlers during the last 12 months, with Fox also picking up the NSWIS Female Athlete of the Year and McGrath winning the 2021 QSport Athlete with a Disability Award. Hear from Jess and Curtis >>>

Junior Paddler of the Year (Olympic Disciplines) awarded to Natalia Drobot

Canoe Sprint athlete Natalia Drobot was named the Junior Paddler of the Year (Olympic Disciplines) for her impressive 2021 season.

Drobot won gold in the U18 200m, U18 500m and U18 1000m events at the 2021 National Championships, as well as the NSW State Championships. Congratulations Natalia!

Watch the video >>>
Shaun Caven and Myriam Fox crowned joint Coach of the Year

Paralympic Canoe Sprint Head Coach Shaun Caven and National Senior Slalom Coach Myriam Fox have been named joint winners of the Coach of the Year award.

Both Caven and Fox coached gold medal winning athletes at Tokyo 2020. Hear from both coaches about what it means to them to be recognised with this award, as they reflect on the memorable year for the Paddle Australia High Performance Teams. Check it out >>>

2021 Annual Report

Paddle Australia is pleased to present the 2021 Annual Report.

Click here to read >>>

Paddle NSW launches season 2022

Paddle NSW is delighted to announce season 2022, with a jam packed calendar of events across sprint, marathon, slalom, whitewater and harbour racing. No matter whether you're new to paddlesports or an experienced racer, be part of a unique Paddle NSW community and choose paddling for your 2022 adventure. Check it out >>>

Join the Paddle QLD team

Paddle Queensland are currently seeking applications for the role of Sport Operations and Events Coordinator.

The Sport Operations and Events Coordinator role is employed to deliver state and regional events/championships for both Olympic and non-Olympic disciplines and actively support driving engagement and participation in non-Olympic disciplines. 

Closing date: 24 Dec 2021. Find out more >>>

Paddle Tasmania - Paddle Week 2022

Paddle Tasmania is pleased to confirm the dates for Paddle Week 2022. Thanks to Hydro Tasmania, Paddle Week 2022 will be happening from 21-26 January 2022. The exact rivers, flows, dates and times may be modified closer to the date, so keep an eye on the Paddle Tasmania website for the latest information. Find out more >>> 



PA Wildwater Canoeing Newsletter 3 provides an update on the selection events scheduled for 2022. Read more >>>


PA Canoe Sprint Newsletter 2 provides an update on the 2022 Competition Schedule, including Grand Prix 2 and Canoe Sprint Nationals. Read more >>>


PA Canoe Slalom Newsletter 1 provides an important update to the community on upcoming competitions, including the Canoe Slalom Aged Championships scheduled for January. 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.

Stay attached - using a paddle leash will help prevent you being separated from your paddle if you capsize. If you do end up in the water, stay with your craft as it will be easier for rescuers to see you.  Find more >>>
Paddle Australia is looking to celebrate the 'everyday paddler' with the launch of our new user generated digital media campaign: #MyPaddleOZ

#MyPaddleOz is all about celebrating why Aussies paddle, what they paddle, where they paddle and who they paddle with. 

It's easy to get involved - simply share your paddling videos, photos and stories across social media, tagging #MyPaddleOZ and @paddle_australia.

Paddle Australia would like to wish the community a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Paddle Australia office will be closed from Thursday 23 December 2021, returning Tuesday 4 January 2022. For all urgent enquiries please contact, which will be checked periodically over the break.

Following a recent office relocation, Paddle Australia has updated its phone number to 1300 232 398

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