Paddle Australia apologises for an error in the December edition of Paddle Pulse circulated earlier today. The earlier version of our newsletter carried an article about the Shaw and Partners WA Race Week that was both false and misleading. This was not our intention. We apologise to Shaw and Partners, OceanPaddler, and Dean Gardiner in particular, the organiser of Race Week and the various sponsors. We hope that the article below sets the record straight!

Welcome to the final Paddle Pulse of 2022, and what a year it has been.  From the tremendous results our Australian senior and junior teams have achieved on the international sporting stage, to the incredible return of our national events, as well as more people getting back on water and taking part in our grassroots programs.

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

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Yours in Paddling,
Paddle Australia
Photo credit: @shawandpartners_. Cory Hill (middle) celebrates Fenn West Coast Downwinder Paddle victory with Dean Gardiner from OceanPaddler (left) and Earl Evans from Shaw and Partners Financial Services (right)

NOTE: The version of our newsletter published earlier today carried a version of this article that was both false and misleading. This was not our intention. We apologise to Shaw and Partners, OceanPaddler, and Dean Gardiner in particular, the organiser of Race Week and the various sponsors. We hope that the article below sets the record straight!
In late November, athletes from around Australia and across the World made the annual pilgrimage to Perth, WA in record numbers for the Shaw and Partners WA Race Week. Many of the sports' biggest names were there, along with Australian Team Members across the disciplines of ocean racing, sprint and marathon. Paddlers enjoyed a week of varying conditions, culminating in the The Doctor, a race from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach. Kenny Rice from South Africa (RSA) took out the prestigious 'Doctor'. Check out the full results of The Doctor here >>>
Huge congratulations to Dean Gardiner of OceanPaddler and his team, organisers of Shaw and Partners WA Race Week.  Dean has been instrumental in growing Ocean Racing in Australia for many years and runs the very successful annual Australian Ocean Racing Series (AORS). Discussions are continuing between Ocean Paddler and Paddle Australia about closer collaboration in the future.
Credit also to Indian Ocean Paddlers for their role in the organisation of the Fenn West Coast Downwinder, run as the opening event of Shaw and Partners WA Race Week. See these results here.
Paddle Australia also acknowledges the enormous contribution that Earl Evans and Shaw and Partners continue to make to Ocean Racing. A big thank you on behalf of all those that enjoy the great events that you so generously support. 
Finally, Paddle Australia has secured the rights to host the 2023 ICF Ocean Racing World Championship. The Championships will be held in Perth from 30 November to 3 December, following The Doctor (with at least 4 days to recover!). So far, only the date has been released but there are some exciting plans in the pipeline. We look forward to engaging with the community to build out the details and to welcoming Australia and the World back to WA in 2023. 

Paddle Australia wishes all our members a safe and happy festive season. We hope the holiday period brings you nice weather and plenty of opportunities to get on your local water ways.

The PA office will be closed between Christmas and New Year and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2023.
For any enquiries during this time, please send an email to .  This email address will be monitored daily throughout the break.
Paddle Tasmania Slalom & Downriver Championships

The Tasmanian Slalom and Downriver Champs were held on 3-4 December on the Mersey River, with competitors ranging from 12 through to well over 60 having a go at everything on offer.

The weekend kicked off with a classic DR race that was taken out by old time legend Matt Dalziel in the men's, and up and coming legend Marlene Davey in the women's.

Times on the rapid sprints were packed in, challenging the accuracy of hand held timing. The shorter course favoured a shorter life, with Hamish and Matt Dalziel equal first in the men's and Claire Clements and Freja Boocock taking the shared women's title.

Russell Horton did battle with Jonathan Knox in the Veterans Slalom event, but Jono's clean run sealed the victory. The women's C1 and K1 was taken out by up and comer Claire Clements, closely followed by a family of Boococks. Hamish Dalziel unsurprisingly smashed the field in men's K1 but Justin Boocock proved that coaching others can be good for personal performance, slipping in to 2nd in the kayak and 1st in C1.

Other note worthy performances are Fergus Page-Brown beating his older brother Reuben, 12 year old Maddie Boocock having a go in C1 and Emily Hogbin-Bourne coming over from the ACT especially for the event!
120+ Paddlers Compete in 2022 Bendigo Cup

Over 120 paddlers competed in the recent Paddle Victoria 5km 2022 Bendigo Cup held at Crusoe Reservoir.

This year has been challenging for Victorian paddlers and clubs, due to weather and the devastating floods Victoria has endured, meaning many events have been cancelled.

After the venue had to be changed multiple times due to water quality issues from the recent flooding, the Paddle Victoria members and the local council came on board to deliver a fantastic experience for everyone.

Watch the event highlight video here >>>

Paddle Australia Part of United Commitment: 'We Win Well to Inspire Australians'

In a major milestone for Australian sport, Paddle Australia is proud to have joined forces with the country’s peak Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sporting organisations to launch a national strategy aimed at building success towards Brisbane 2032 and beyond.  

Australia’s High Performance 2032+ Sport Strategy represents the first time all peak bodies from across Australia’s Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports have united for a national high performance sport strategy.

Find out more >>>

IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 presented to canoe coach Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded a Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 to Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi (France/Australia, canoe) for her outstanding support for and mentoring of Olympic athletes.

Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi has been coaching for 25 years, leading her athletes to 12 world titles and four Olympic medals. Myriam helped to bring women’s canoe slalom to the Olympic programme and helped achieve gender equality in her sport.

Find out more >>>

Olympic Champion Ken Wallace Announced to Lead Australian 2023 Pacific Games

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has announced Olympic champion kayaker Ken Wallace will lead Australia’s Solomon Islands 2023 Pacific Games Team as Chef de Mission, with Olympian and water polo bronze medallist Amy Hetzel Jones as deputy Chef de Mission.

Find out more >>>

Paddle Australia offers members LGBTQ Awareness session

In collaboration with Pride in Sport, Paddle Australia would like to offer all members the opportunity to participate in a free LGBTQ Awareness session.  Paddle Australia is committed to fostering inclusion and diversity for all athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and supporters.

This 90 minute program is an introductory session for anyone interested in learning more about the LGBTQ community and inclusion.

Find out more >>>

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Summer Season Starts with Canoe Sprint GP1 Success

It was fantastic to see so many paddlers at West Lakes in Adelaide for the opening event of the national paddling season, Canoe Sprint GP1.

See all results here >>>

Wood's return to Olympic Boats at Canoe Sprint GP1

Ahead of the first Canoe Sprint Grand Prix in Adelaide at the start of the month, we caught up with dual Olympian Alyce Wood, who was making her return to competition following the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and the birth of her first child Florence Wood, with partner and fellow Olympic kayaker Jordan Wood.

Find out more >>>

Protect your Paddle Craft and Paddling Equipment with Paddle Protect Insurance

If you’ve been on Santa’s nice list this year and are lucky enough to find a canoe, kayak, ski, SUP or other paddle craft under the Christmas tree, don’t forget that as a Paddle Australia member you can access competitively priced paddle craft and equipment insurance through Paddle Australia’s Paddle Protect insurance policy!
The Paddle Protect Paddle Craft & Equipment insurance policy will protect your craft against accidental damage and/or theft (including equipment and accessories)*.  There is a flat rate pricing structure when the total sum insured (i.e. the combined price of the craft and any equipment being insured) is $5,000 and less.  The price is $79.48 if the policy is taken out in December, with a prorated pricing scale thereafter, dependent on what month the policy is taken out.  The policy is based on the financial year and will expire on 30 June 2023. 
Personalised quotes will be provided for your consideration when the total sum insured is over $5,000.
To apply for a policy or quote, or for more information about Paddle Protect for Individuals, please click here
We’re With You On The Water!
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Stay Safe on the Water this Summer

Being safe on the water starts with always wearing your lifejacket. A properly fitted lifejacket feels snug and comfortable to wear. Find one that suits you and your needs.

Find more >>>
Lots of smiling new faces in the Western Sydney White Water Club, having a go at the flat water development race!
PHOTO: Cheryl Mackie @livingmomentsstudio

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