March was a busy month at Paddle Australia, with many events, celebrations and launches taking place right across the country.

It was also a very tough month for some of our community who were affected by the recent flooding emergencies across Queensland and New South Wales. Our thoughts are with those members who were affected. Paddle Australia is here to support so if there is anything we can do to assist, please get in touch.

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 join 11 other sports in Pride In Sport Collective launch

Pride in Sport (PiS) in partnership with twelve National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) have come together to form and launch the ‘Pride in Sport Collective’. The Pride in Sport Collective will change the landscape of Australian sport by addressing the barriers and mental health disparities of the LGBTQ+ community and their high disconnect rates with sport.

As a key component of the program funded by a grant from Sports Australia, each of the 12 NSOs involved have committed to offering events aimed at breaking down the barriers to the LGTBQ+ community participating in organised sport. The project will also see participating sports implement governance and LGBTQ+ inclusion reforms, policies and resources and provide leadership for other sports to follow. Read more >>>

Bernadette Wallace selected for AIS Elevate Coach Program

Tokyo Olympian Bernadette Wallace has been selected as one of 16 coaches to take part in this year’s AIS Elevate Coach Program, which focuses on professional development for Performance Pathways coaches.

The program for 2022 began with a three-day workshop in Coolangatta last weekend, held in collaboration with the La Trobe University and the University of Sydney. The coaches will now engage in a 20-week online program, before coming back together at the AIS to share insights and how they have put the theory of the course into practice. Read more >>>

Breaking the Bias on International Women's Day

On Tuesday 8 March, Paddle Australia celebrated International Women's Day and all the incredible women that are involved in paddle sports.

We caught up with Olympic gold medalist Jess Fox, Tokyo Olympian Bernadette Wallace, Aussie ICF Official Sue Natoli and rising star Sophie Wilson about the inclusion of women’s canoeing on the Olympic program in both Sprint and Slalom. Read more >>>

Tasmanian Institute of Sport launches Para Sport Project

The Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS) has partnered with Paralympics Australia (PA) to develop Para-sport pathways within the state, with the aim to provide more targeted support for developing and emerging Tasmanian Para-athletes and coaches.

An incredible series of three initiatives to support para-athletes in Tasmania has been planned through a collaboration between the Tasmanian Institute of Sport and Paralympics Australia, with the support of Communities, Sport & Recreation Tasmania.

The Junior Talent Program will expose participants to elite level training facilities and sessions to develop their knowledge of basic strength & conditioning, performance habits and will connect them with Paralympians and TIS scholarship athletes, in the hopes of inspiring a continued focus on Para-sport. Find out more >>>

WAIS announces Canoe Sprint program coaches

Paddle WA and the West Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Crothers and Demi O'Brien to the roles of WAIS Sprint Kayak Pathways Coach (part time) and WAIS Para Canoe Coach (part time). Find out more >>>

Paddle Australia announces Canoe Sprint and Para Canoe Teams for 2022

Paddle Australia (PA) is pleased to announce the athletes who have been selected to the Senior, Paracanoe and U23 National teams for 2022.

Following selection at the 2022 PA Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 2 earlier this month, PA has selected a 10-strong Senior National team, with an additional 10 athletes to the U23 World Championship team, and one to the National Paracanoe team. Read more >>>

It's time to have your say and be in the draw to win!

Paddle Australia and our six State Paddle Associations value your feedback. Our 2022 Voice of Our Members Survey is now open! Whether you hold an active membership, have previously held a membership or you are part of the paddling community in another capacity, we would love to hear your thoughts.

Click here to start the survey now!

Go into the draw for your chance to win your choice of either a free 2022/23 Paddle Australia & State Paddle Association membership or a $50 VISA gift card by submitting your fully completed survey by Friday 15 April 2022. There will be one prize awarded per State.

New date for 2022 PA Canoe Sprint Championships with event to remain at Penrith

Paddle Australia (PA) has confirmed that the 2022 PA Canoe Sprint Championships will be held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) Penrith, with a new postponed date of 18 – 22 May 2022.      

The PA Canoe Sprint Championships, originally slated to be held 13-16 April, has had to be postponed due to the SIRC being unable to host any events or be open to the public given the infrastructure damage, facility and equipment issues and water contamination that has occurred as a result of the recent floods.  Read more >>>

Nominate for the 2022 PA Canoe Marathon Championships on the Gold Coast

Paddle Queensland will host the 2022 Paddle Australia (PA) Canoe Marathon Championships on the Gold Coast from 22-24 April. It will be the first time the Canoe Marathon community has come together for the national championships since they were last held at the Ascot Kayak Club in WA in 2019.

This year’s championships will see paddlers from the U10 category all the way to the 70+ category converge at Coomera Watersports Club on the Gold Coast. Entries open >>>


PA Canoe Polo Newsletter 1 provides an update on the 2022 PA Canoe Polo Championships, National Squads and Coaches, and Selection Policies Read more >>>


PA Canoe Slalom Newsletter 2 provides an updates on the upcoming 2022 PA Canoe Slalom Championships in Tasmania, including the All States Camp and social events. 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.

Keep watch as to what is ahead, behind and to either side of you. Look out for other craft, swimmers and potential danger at all times. 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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