May has been yet another busy month for Paddle Australia (PA), marking the return to international competition for many athletes, as well as the hosting of a rescheduled and relocated 2022 PA Canoe Sprint Championships. 

Off the water, representatives of PA, our State Paddle Associations, Discipline Technical Committees, and other key stakeholders were able to get together around the table for the first time in over two and half years. 

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

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Paddle Australia releases first phase of National Volunteer Strategy

Paddle Australia has released the first phase of the National Volunteer Strategy, the research and findings, which will aim to inform the overall strategy to improve recruitment, recognition and retention of volunteers in the sport.

Paddle Australia has long boasted a strong, albeit small, group of volunteers who generously give their time to helping the sport from grassroots participation through to elite level competition. Thanks to the support of Sport Australia, Paddle Australia has launched a review to develop a new national volunteer strategy. With the sport reliant on volunteers, Paddle Australia has invested in a National Volunteer Strategy, designed to attract, empower and retain the next generations of volunteers.

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Noemie Fox pulls off balancing act as she pursues second career outside the rapids

Training and competing at the highest level of the sport requires dedication and commitment, but many athletes cannot afford to focus solely on their athletic pursuit and postpone a second career until they retire from competitive sport. 

Australian Canoe Slalom paddler Noemie Fox works as a Transformation Analyst for leading global professional services company Accenture and is just one of many top athletes who have to pursue a dual career to be able to chase their sporting ambitions. To celebrate this year’s National Career Week, we caught up with Noemie to find out how she balances her work and sporting ambitions. Find out more >>>

National Volunteers Week - River Canoe Club (NSW)

During National Volunteer Week 2022, Sport Australia caught up with 'The Mullets' from the River Canoe Club in Tempe, Sydney - a volunteer environmental club committed to cleaning up the Cooks River on canoes. Click here to watch the video >>>

Brisbane 2032 Olympic Canoe Slalom venue to form part of Redlands Coast legacy for local community

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams announced the Redlands Coast 2032 Legacy Working Group at a breakfast earlier this month attended by more than 100 people, which included Olympic Champion Canoeist Jess Fox OAM. More >>>

Paddle Australia announces six new Discipline Technical Committees and two Discipline Technical Leads

Paddle Australia (PA) is pleased to announce the composition of the newly constituted Discipline Technical Committees (DTCs). Following an extensive review of the terms of reference, new DTCs have been established for the disciplines of Canoe Sprint, Canoe Slalom, Canoe Wildwater, Canoe Ocean Racing, Canoe Marathon and Canoe Polo, while the disciplines of Canoe Freestyle and Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) will each be represented by a Technical Lead.

The six DTCs and the Technical Leads will provide advice, guidance and support to PA in the development and promotion of each discipline, assisting in the administration and management of national-level competitions. Read more >>>

On The Water With Terry Bolland: the 70-year-old paddling 365 days in a row to raise money for prostate cancer research

At 7.45pm on Thursday 19th May, Terry Bolland reached the 13,000km mark. That’s 13,000km paddled on the flat, non flowing water of Perth’s Swan River, every single day since June 3, 2021, the day of his 70th birthday. 

Today, on Tuesday 31 May, Bolland will be just days away from achieving his goal of paddling every single day for one year, to raise awareness and money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Read more >>>

Vogalonga Down Unda 2022 

The third Vogalonga Down Unda event was held on Sunday 24 April 2022 at Goolwa, South Australia on the Goolwa Channel – the final stretch of the River Murray before it flows into the Southern Ocean. 

The event is non-competitive and attracts a wide variety of human-powered craft including dragon boats, rowing sculls, canoes, kayaks, SUPs, surf skis and homemade skiffs. Read more >>>

Sutherland Shire Canoe Club celebrates 50th Anniversary

Sutherland Shire Canoe Club has celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a special event for their members. Sutherland Shire Councillor, Peter Scaysbrook, unveiled a plaque to commemorate fifty years of paddling on the Woronora River. To celebrate their connection to the Burnum Burnum Sanctuary and Woronora River, five Swamp Mahogany trees were planted at the SSCC Clubhouse. Find out more >>>

Far North Coast Canoe Club - Flood Update

Based in Lismore, Far North Coast Canoe Club have dealt with floods before. The unprecedented rainfall in February and March 2022 saw flood levels two metres above previously known records with devastating impacts the local community. Read more >>>
Paddling to NZ

"Kayaking is a window to adventure"

In November 2021, Richard Barnes set out to sea trial Blue Moon, a kayak designed and built to one day paddle to New Zealand. His journey took him up the New South Wales coast to Newcastle with plans to cross the Tasman in December 2022. Find out more >>>

Festival of Canoe and Kayak - 17-19 June 2022

The inaugural Festival of the Canoe and Kayak (The F.O.C.K) is a celebration of recreational paddling in Australia. Enjoy music on the water from a floating stage, a black tie sunset canoe and sample the largest range of canoes in the southern hemisphere in the picturesque Kangaroo Valley, one of Australia's most beautiful flatwater paddling locations. Find out more >>>
Eight medals for Australia at Poznan Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup

The Australian Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe team are heading home from the ICF World Cup in Poznan, Poland with eight medals, including two golds.

After rough and windy conditions forced the postponement of several races, all paracanoe medal races were held on Saturday, and all sprint medal races on Sunday. At their first World Cup of the season, Australia’s paracanoe team started the medal haul, winning two gold and two silver. Read more >>>

Australian Sprint Kayakers secure medals at opening ICF World Cup in Czech Republic

Australia’s sprint kayak team dominated the opening ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Racice, taking home gold, three silver and two bronze medals in their first international outing since the Tokyo Olympic Games. 

Dual Olympian Aly Bull came out firing in the women’s K1 1000 securing the gold medal, four seconds ahead of Justyna Iskrzycka (POL) and Isabel Contreras (ESP). Read more >>>

Paddle Australia confirms Australian Senior Canoe Slalom Team for 2022

Paddle Australia is pleased to confirm the athletes who will represent Australia in Canoe Slalom on the upcoming ICF World Cup circuit and ICF World Championships.

Olympic gold medalist Jessica Fox and dual Olympian Lucien Delfour headline a team which boasts a mix of youth and experience across both the kayak and canoe boats. Read more >>>
Paddle Australia announces Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom teams

Paddle Australia (PA) is pleased to announce the athletes who have been selected to the Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom National teams for 2022.

Following selection at the 2022 ICF Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships and 2022 PA Canoe Slalom Australian Open earlier this, PA is pleased to present the teams which will contest the Junior/U23 World Championships in 2022.

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Paddle Australia welcomes Ros Lawrence as Canoe Slalom Performance Pathways Lead

Paddle Australia is pleased to announce former World Champion Ros Lawrence as the new Performance Pathways Lead for Canoe Slalom.

Ros is a highly respected paddler, having won an array of medals during her competitive career which spanned almost 15 years, from 2005 to 2019. Her career as a high performance athlete has given her a deep understanding of the pathways to podium journey and specific elements of athlete development in Canoe Slalom. Read more >>>

State glory on final day of 2022 PA Canoe Sprint Championships in Adelaide

State glory was on the line on the final day of the 2022 PA Canoe Sprint Championships, with the crowd favourite state versus state K4 races rounding out the five day competition.

225 competitors went head-to-head across more than 290 races at West Lakes in Adelaide for the 2022 edition of the Championships. Read more >>>

Catch up with Paddle Australia Performance Pathways Lead (Sprint) Ken Wallace

"Little did I know the opportunities paddling possessed - the teams that I could make, the friends that I would meet and the places I would go."

We caught up with Paddle Australia's new Performance Pathways Lead (Sprint) Ken Wallace OAM at the 2022 PA Canoe Sprint Championships in Adelaide to find out about his new role, Brisbane 2032 and the exciting pathway opportunities for our next generation of paddlers.

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Aussie Michael Booth claims third title at prestigious SUP Carolina Cup

Australian Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) powerhouse Michael Booth made it three in a row this month when he won the 2022 edition of the gruelling 21.2 km (13.2 mile) Carolina Cup Graveyard Race, after taking the title in his last two appearances in 2018 and 2019. 

One of the most prestigious and longest standing events in the sport, the Carolina Cup dates back to 2011 and has grown to attract amateur and professional athletes from all over the world, with more than 80 participants lined up at the start of the Graveyard Race. 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 >>>
"This is some of the most remote, unpredictable, spectacular and craziest whitewater you can get in WA. Still can't believe how lucky we were go get to explore the Murchison River for a second time."

Where and how have you been paddling lately? Be sure to hashtag #MyPaddleOz and tag @paddleaus to be featured on our channels as we celebrate all Aussie paddlers.

PHOTO: Christopher Greed / @chriss_greed

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