Welcome to 2022! I hope everyone stayed safe and managed some time on the water during the busy holiday period. Indeed, as we move into the new year, a shout out to all those that have put a huge amount of time and effort in planning competitions over the past two years, often having to cancel activities at the last minute. For some, this hasn’t happened just once, but on multiple occasions. The stories of resilience of organisers, all trying to provide paddlers the chance to compete, have been truly inspiring. Thank you, and I hope the journey will be easier for you this year. 

The 2022 ICF Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships are this weekend at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, and we are excited to announce that the semis and finals on Saturday and Sunday will be live streamed via the Paddle Australia Facebook page and YouTube channel.

With the calendar of national events almost finalised for 2022, we have released a set of general guidelines for event attendees. These can be found in this newsletter and on our website. The advice is relevant for events at all levels. As we all work through this pandemic together, we have a shared responsibility to keep each other safe. We all look forward to circumstances improving over the coming weeks and months. 

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
Olympic champions honoured on Australia Day

Paddle Australia congratulates Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalists Jessica Fox, Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen on being recognised in the 2022 Australia Day Honours List with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM).

The Tokyo 2020 Olympians were three of 35 Olympic and Paralympic gold medalists receiving an OAM, which recognises the achievements or service of an individual. Read more >>>

Pathway to Paris starts here: 2022 ICF Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships get underway this weekend

The pathway to Paris starts this weekend for Australia’s canoe slalom athletes, with the 2022 ICF Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships to be held at  Penrith Whitewater Stadium for an action packed three days of competition.

The 2022 Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships is the first of many events which will form a runway to the 2025 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships that will also be hosted in Penrith. Read more >>>

Paddle Australia welcomes increase in funding from Australian Institute of Sport

Paddle Australia has welcomed a funding boost with the news that the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) will provide additional support for their high performance Olympic and Paralympic programs, with a total increase of a little over 12% through to Paris 2024. Read more >>>

Women sport stars seize opportunity for future leadership

Tokyo Olympian Bernadette Wallace is among 22 women selected to take part in this year's AIS Accelerate program, which supports the professional development of female athletes to further progress their career prospects in sport.

AIS Accelerate is designed to increase the number and visbility of women in sport leadership positions by providing career coaching and leadership development for high performance women athletes.  Read more >>>

Join the Paddle Australia Discipline Technical Committees

Looking to take on an influential and exciting role in Paddle Australia? Nominations are now open for all PA Discipline Technical Committees (DTC), including a position for an athlete representative on each DTC.

If you're interested in joining a committee or looking for more information on what is involved, click here >>>

Nominations close Friday 25 February

Paddle Australia COVID-19 Guidelines for Events

In light of current circumstances, Paddle Australia has prepared 'COVID-19 Guidelines for Events' which provide general advice to officials and volunteers, competitors, and spectators who are considering attending a Paddle Australia Event, on ways to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Read more >>>

Paddle Tasmania Education Weekend - Whitewater March 5-6 2022

Paddle Tasmania is excited to host a jam packed education weekend, delivering the Paddle Australia training course for teaching skills and leading trips on moving water. This training course is a strongly recommended pre-requisite for anyone wanting to go for the Paddle Australia Qualification Whitewater Instructor Assessment. This is not an introduction to Whitewater Skills course. Find out more >>>

Paddle WA Upcoming Events

It is shaping up to be a big year in the West, and Paddle Western Australia is pleased to present its events calendar for 2022.

Find out what's coming up, how to enter, and much more. Click here >>>

SASI Canoe Sprint Head Coach

The South Australian Institute of Sport (SASI) are looking for a new Head Coach to lead the canoe sprint program in South Australia.

If you have technical skills and experience to provide international quality technical coaching to our developing and established canoe sprint athletes, SASI would love to hear from you. Apply now >>>

Junior Entry Fees halved for 2022 PA Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 2

Paddle Australia wishes to advise that junior entry fees for the 2022 PA Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 2 have now been halved from $200 to $100. Enter here >>>
Runs in the family: 2022 Canoe Slalom Age Championships wrap

The 2022 Paddle Australia Canoe Slalom Age Championships took place earlier this month in Eildon, Victoria. As only the second event Paddle Australia has been able to run in almost two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was fantastic to see over 75 paddlers on the Goulburn River. Read more >>>


PA Wildwater Canoeing Newsletter 5 provides an update on the 2022 PA Wildwater Canoeing Competition. 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.

You may need to communicate in an emergency or advise someone of a change of plan. Your means of communication can range from a mobile phone, flares or a distress beacon. If carrying a mobile phone, always do so in a waterproof bag. 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.

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