While preparing the Annual Report this month, it has given me an opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months. I would personally like to thank our paddlers, coaches, officials, volunteers, administrators, parents and support networks for their ongoing support and commitment. The past year has continued to present us with challenges, but by sticking together I truly believe we have put ourselves, our sport and our community in the best position possible to come out of this stronger on the other side.

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! In light of this, it was great to be able to unveil our 2022/23 Events Calendar this month, and we look forward to bringing the events to life and our community back together over the next 12 months.

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

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Paddle Australia
Ocean Racing and Outrigger Canoe to be considered for 2026 Commonwealth Games in Victoria

Paddle Australia (PA) is working with the International Canoe Federation (ICF) to increase paddle events at major international multi-sport events, including the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. 

The ICF, with the support of PA, has lodged a bid that would see Ocean Paddling included on the 2026 Commonwealth Games program. 29 member federations of the ICF are also members of the Commonwealth, and many of the world’s best ocean racing paddlers are from Commonwealth countries, including Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and England. Read more >>>

Sharlene Kelly appointed QAS Sprint Coach - Sunshine Coast

Sharlene Kelly has been appointed as the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Canoe Sprint Coach, with a pathways regional focus based on the Sunshine Coast.

Sharlene’s appointment comes as part of the QAS Generation 32 Coach Program, as they look to partner with National Sporting Organisations to develop homegrown coaches ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Tickets on sale for 2022 Paddle Australia Annual Awards

Paddle Australia is excited to announce that tickets for the 2022 Paddle Australia Awards are now on sale. 

The Annual Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements and contributions of the paddling community across a 12 month period.

After two years of online events, Paddle Australia is also pleased to confirm the 2022 Annual Awards will be held in person on Saturday 29 October at the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel & Conference Centre. Find out more >>>

Paddle Australia to host four Paddle with Pride inclusive come and try events

Paddle Australia is pleased to extend an invitation to members of the paddling community to join the 2022 Paddle with Pride events. As part of the Pride in Sport Collective, working in partnership with Pride in Sport Australia, PA are excited to be taking steps to ensure our united paddling community is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place for all.

The 2022 Paddle with Pride events will be hosted by four community paddling clubs across Australia, designed to introduce members of the LGBTIQ community to paddling. The come and try events will be free to attend, and will be held on the weekend of 15-16 October 2022.

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Paddle Australia unveils 2022/23 events calendar

Paddle Australia is pleased to unveil the National Events Calendar for the 2022/23 paddling season.

The 2022 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 1 will kick off the busy season, with more than 10 events set to unfold over the coming 12 months.

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Elite Scholarship puts Claudia Bailey on path to greatness

Junior Australian Canoe Sprint team member Claudia Bailey has been named as one of 10 new recipients of a Tier 2 scholarship in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

The 10 athletes, including Bailey, will each receive a grant of $5000 plus support from SAHOF and its esteemed member base over the next 15 months. Read more >>>

Rayward awarded Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) announced an additional 16 scholarships for up-and-coming elite athletes in its 2023 Scholarship and Mentoring Program

Junior paddler Jasmine Rayward has been named as one of the 16 recipients of the Tier 3 Scholarship, with each athlete receiving a grant of $2,500 plus support from SAHOF and its esteemed member base over the next 15 months.

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#MyPaddleOz | On The Water with Enclosed Sea Kayak and Canoe Assessor Allana Bold

1000km south of Darwin and 500km north of Alice Spring sits Warumungu Country, Desert Country – Tennant Creek.   A land of history, red dirt, vast plains, beauty and yes the region has a few waterways to explore by canoe and kayak…croc free.  

After contact from Pam Dillon – the Sport Education Coordinator for the Barkly Region – and with funding to support development of participation in remote areas, Allana Bold was given the opportunity to deliver Paddle Australia qualification courses in the area with the support of PA.

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PaddleQLD seeking volunteers for upcoming season

Join Paddle Queensland for their events season! The delivery of the events relies on the generous time of volunteers.

Paddle Queensland is encouraging supporters of the upcoming events to get on board and help out, even if it is only for a couple of hours. Many hands make light work. Those who volunteer will be supported in the roles they take on and no experience is needed.

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Paddle Australia is going through an exciting period of change and transformation, as the organisation continues to evolve and centre its approach around key strategic priorities. Coupled with some recent staff changes, this sees Paddle Australia seeking new team members in both the Sport Operations and Business Operations teams. See below details for each of the positions.

Paddle Tasmania is also seeking a part time Executive Officer to work 15 hours a week alongside the Paddle Tasmania board to support and develop paddling in Tasmania. See details below.
Membership & Insights Coordinator

Paddle Australia is currently seeking applications for the role of Membership and Insights Coordinator. 

Mixing the skills of great communication and customer service with a flair for systems and data, the primary focus of the role is to support, manage and develop the Paddle Australia Membership & Events Portal to ensure stakeholder needs across the united paddling community are met and exceeded.

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National Events and Teams Coordinator

Paddle Australia is currently seeking applications for the role of National Events and Teams Coordinator.

The National Events and Teams Coordinaor will play a lead role in the successful delivery of world-class events which maximise opportunities for participation for all including athletes, coaches, volunteers and officials. 

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Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator

Paddle Australia is currently seeking applications for the role of Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator.

The primary focus of the role is to be responsible for delivering quality support to the CEO, Board and Board Committees, providing excellent day-to-day support to the CEO as well as implementing and maintaining thorough processes and systems across the organisation.

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PaddleTAS Executive Officer

Paddle Tasmania is currently seeking applications for the role of Executive Officer. The role is responsible for the management of Paddle Tasmania and for providing services and support to all members, affiliated clubs and the staff, contractors, committees and volunteers of Paddle Tasmania.

The position is located in Tasmania, with all locations across Tasmania considered with a work from home option. Find out more >>>

Sports Tribunal - Expressions of Interest

Under Paddle Australia’s newly introduced National Integrity Framework there may be times where the organisation needs to convene Internal Tribunal Hearings to hear and adjudicate disciplinary matters.  As such, PA is currently assembling a panel of Internal Tribunal members and invites expressions of interest from the paddling community. 

PA is seeking volunteers with an interest in sport integrity to sit on ad-hoc Tribunals as needed, generally conducted virtually outside business hours.  No advance commitment, prior experience or formal qualifications is required.  This opportunity is likely to suit current, former or aspiring lawyers and sports administrators (including students).

To express your interest, or for further information, please contact Liam Bourke (PA National Integrity Manager) at or 0426 363 302.

Aussies set to contest 2022 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships

A team of 21 athletes have arrived in Portugal for the 2022 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships.

The 21-strong 2022 Australian Canoe Marathon Team and will represent Australia in the Open, Junior and U23 categories at the World Championships in Ponte Lima, Portugal, from September 29 to October 2, 2022. Paddle Australia has also selected 20 athletes in the Masters category.

The strong line-up of men and women across the Senior, Under 23 and Junior categories feature a number of paddlers with substantial experience racing at world championships level, including national champion Josh Kippin and Tokyo Olympian Jaime Roberts. Read more >>>

Strong performances from Aussie young stars at ICF Junior U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships

Australia has delivered a strong performance at the ICF Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Hungary, securing five medals. 

Olympic champion Tom Green led the Aussies medal haul to secure three medals from three starts, two silver medals, in the K1 1000 and K1 500 as well bronze medal with team mates Fletcher Armstrong, Pierre van der Westhuyzen and Noah Havard U23 Men’s K4 500. 

Rising star Natalia Drobot was impressive in picking up two bronze medals, in the K1 200 as well as in the Mixed K2 500 with team mate Harrison Taurins. Read more >>>

Fantastic Fox claims overall World Cup title in Spain

Jessica Fox has been crowned the overall Canoe Slalom K1 World Cup champion in La Seu, Spain.

Having won all four kayak finals leading into the event, Fox earnt 304 overall points, enough to secure the crown despite not qualifying for the kayak final.

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Double gold glory for Booth at SUP World Championships

Australian Michael Booth has claimed two world titles at the 2022 Stand Up Paddling World Championships in Portugal.

The Aussie took out the Long Distance world champion title on the first day of competition, before going on to claim a second gold medal in the Inflatable event on the final day.

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Paddle Smart

Let someone know before you go and tell them where you are going, your departure point and when you intend to return. If you change your plans, let them know

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