October was a month of celebration for Paddle Australia, and it was fantastic to see our community back together for the first in-person Annual Awards since 2019.

As is the case every year, the Annual Awards gave us a chance to reflect on the last 12 months, recognise and celebrate our athletes and coaches, and honour the service of our volunteers, officials and educators who continue to give so much to our sport.

A massive congratulations to all of our award winners and thank you to everyone who was in attendance celebrating with us.

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
Paddling community celebrates 2022 Paddle Australia Awards

The paddling community shone bright tonight at the 2022 Paddle Australia Awards, with a gala event in Sydney celebrating achievements over the past 12 months.

Top gongs on the night went to Olympic gold medallist and world champion Jessica Fox who was presented with the Athlete of the Year (Olympic Disciplines).

Paracanoe rising star Ben Sainsbury took out the Athlete of the Year (Paracanoe), and the prestigious President's Award went to Terry Bolland (WA).

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Paddlers in the spotlight at 2022 NSW Institute of Sport Awards

Our paddlers were in the spotlight at the 2022 NSW Institute of Sport Awards, named as finalists across three categories.

Jessica Fox was shortlisted as a finalist for the 2022 Female Athlete of the Year after taking out the top gong in 2021. Myriam Fox was named as a finalist for 2022 Coach of the Year, with the Canoe Slalom program also a finalist for 2022 Program of the Year. Read more >>>

Paddle NSW celebrates Awards online

Paddle NSW was proud to celebrate their annual awards online this year, recognising their community for their outstanding achievements over the 2021/22 season.

Head to their Facebook page to check out who took out the Awards. Click here >>>


2022 Paddle Queensland Award winners

Paddle Queensland would like to congratulate their 2022 Paddle Queensland Award winners. 

The community came together on Saturday 22 October to celebrate their achievements over the last 12 months.

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Paddle WA presents 2022 Annual Awards

The 2022 Paddle WA AGM and Annual Awards were held at Ascot Kayak Club on Saturday 15th October 2022.

Many paddlers and their family members were in attendance which made the afternoon very social. Footage of our Australian Team Members was playing on the projector for all to reminisce on the year that was, showcasing the many disciplines that WA excels in including Sprint, Slalom, Marathon and Wildwater.

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Five Australians appointed to key IOC roles

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has welcomed the appointment of five Australians to IOC Commissions.

The appointments include Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Jess Fox along with triple Olympic gold medalist and PA Canoe Ocean Racing Discipline Technical Committee chair James Tomkins – as the IOC celebrates gender equality in the composition of its Commissions.

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Paddle Australia welcomes new Senior Slalom Coach

Paddle Australia is excited to welcome Kilian Foulon to the high performance team, following his recent appointment as the Canoe Slalom Senior Coach.

With over a decade in the sport, having represented France on World Cup, European Championship and U23 World Championship teams as an athlete, Foulon transitioned into coaching in 2016. Find out more >>>

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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Annabelle White appointed as Sport Operations Manager

Paddle Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Annabelle White as our new Sport Operations Manager. Annabelle was previously Sport Operations and Events Coordinator (SOEC).

Annabelle brings a strong background to the role, having completed a Masters of Sports Management at Bond University and holding key administrative roles at local and state level in Queensland. Find out more >>>

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National Integrity Framework - Club Information Sessions

Club Committee Members and Member Protection Information Officers (MPIOs) are invited to attend important in person training sessions about the new National Integrity Framework (NIF) and complaint process that came into effect from 1 July 2022.  The sessions aim to build on the email communications already received about the NIF, with the important focus of what it means for Clubs.  Sessions will be held in each state on dates between 14 – 30 November.  At least one Committee member per Club is encouraged to attend.  Click here to RSVP.
For those unable to attend in-person, resources to interpret and navigate the changes (including fact sheets and flowcharts) will be made available in due course.  PA intends to deliver further online training early next year.
For more information, please contact Liam Bourke (PA National Integrity Manager) at integrity@paddle.org.au or 0426 363 302.
New champions crowned at Ocean Racing World Titles in Portugal

Jemma Smith won Australia’s first women’s senior title on an exciting day of racing in Portugal at the 2022 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships on earlier this month.

South Africa’s Kenny Rice won gold in the men’s race, with team mate Hank McGregor winning silver, while Australia’s Mackenzie Hynard took his first senior world championship medal by finishing third.

It was a strong day on the water for Australia, with Junior athlete Jasmine Rayward winning bronze in the Junior Women’s category.

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Paddle Australia welcomes back the Canoe Slalom Performance Pathways Camp

Paddle Australia was pleased to host 21 of the nation’s top developing slalom paddlers at the recent Canoe Slalom Performance Pathways in-house camp.

It was the first Performance Pathways camp hosted since March 2020, before the COVID pandemic, and the four-day event invited athletes from Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Western Australia, with the team spending two nights at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra, and two nights in Penrith. Read more >>>

Paddling stars in the spotlight at 2022 Coolangatta Gold

The 2022 Shaw and Partners Financial Services Coolangatta Gold festival saw the introduction of the new Downwind Ski Paddle event, which featured world class paddlers and Olympians in the line up.

Recently crowned World Ocean Racing Champion, Jemma Smith took out the inaugural Open Women’s title convincingly with former Ocean Racing World Champion Cory Hill taking out the historic Open Men’s title.

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Slalom All States Camp returns to Penrith

The Penrith White Water stadium hosted over 50 paddlers from across the country in September for another weekend of technique development, white water experience and access to leading national coaches at the Canoe Slalom All-States camp.

The All States camps are designed to rebuild slalom and strengthen the community in Australia as sadly the local level has suffered throughout the pandemic. Aimed at introductory paddlers as well as advanced paddlers, they also provide the opportunity for coaches and officials to excel and develop their skills in an environment that is not a major event. Read more >>>

Paddle Smart

Paddle within your limits – and that includes your craft, your experience, the conditions on the day and your level of skills.

Be realistic about your fitness and capabilities and save strength for the return journey.

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Now that's how you do it! Canoe Freestyle paddler Jack Newland enjoying his time on whitewater in the Snowy River
PHOTO: @jack_newland1

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