Welcome to 2023! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year break and managed to spend some time on the water during the busy holiday period.

The competition season is ramping up, and it was great to see so many paddlers back on the water at the 2023 Canoe Slalom Age Championships in Tasmania, starting the year strongly. Athletes had an amazing opportunity to compete against Tokyo Olympian Dan Watkins.

We have a very busy calendar of national competitions planned from February through to May, and entries for those events are now open. CLICK HERE to find out more and register. We’re excited to be welcoming athletes from around Australia and world back together again.

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
Tassie Athletes Shine at 2023 Canoe Slalom Age Championships

The opening event of the 2023 Paddle Australia domestic season was a resounding success earlier this month, with athletes traveling from far and wide for the 2023 Canoe Slalom Age Championships in Forth River, Tasmania.

With traditional C1 and K1 events, as well as team events, C2 races and the newly named Kayak Cross events, it was a fantastic three days of slalom action, with athletes competing from the U14 category through to the Masters and Veteran categories.

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The E2A Classic River Race - Paddle Victoria

Whether you're chasing a personal best, or looking for a fun and challenging river journey, the E2A Classic River Race on the lovely Goulburn River is for you!

Come for the weekend and spend a couple of lovely days on the river with the Paddle Victoria community. Find out more here >>>


Sprint Regatta Series - Paddle South Australia

The competition season is in full swing, and Paddle South Australia have put together a fantastic Sprint Regatta Series calendar.

Half way through the Series, and there's still plenty more racing to come. Find out more here >>>

Paddle Australia community shares condolences with passing of Phil Coles AM

Paddle Australia joins with the international sporting community in mourning the passing of triple Olympic sprint kayaker Phil Coles AM.

A Life Member of Paddle Australia since 1981 and an inaugural member of the Paddle Australia Hall of Fame, Coles was a former member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), AOC Life Member and AOC Executive Board Member and Secretary General.

Paddle Australia President, Andrea McQuitty, said Coles passing will be felt deeply across the paddling community.

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Entries open for Paddle Australia 2023 National Events

The Paddle Australia domestic season ramps up in coming weeks, with a number of exciting national events in February – April.

Entries are now OPEN for the following events, and we encourage everyone to register as soon as possible to secure their spot on the start line.

Find out more >>>

The world needs more women coaches - Myriam Fox

While great strides have been made to balance the number of male and female athletes participating in the Olympic Games, the number of female coaches at elite level remains remarkably low. This new series will highlight the various initiatives taken by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to tackle this important issue and share the journeys of inspirational women coaches who are beating the odds and proving that “if she believes it, she can be it”.

In the first article of the series, the IOC speaks to the canoe coach and two-time Olympian, Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi, who has called for more female coaches at elite level, reminding women there is a “door open for them” to become coaches.

Find out more >>>

Mental health increasing priority for Australian athletes

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has welcomed new research revealing more Australian high performance athletes are prioritising their mental health.

As part of the commitment to improving mental health and wellbeing, the AIS has once again partnered with the Black Dog Institute to run the Mental Fitness Program, an initiative aimed at reducing rates of mental illness among young Australians.

Olympic gold medalist Jean van der Westhuyzen has been selected as one of 22 athletes who will deliver the program. Read more >>>


Paddle Australia commences Learning and Development project

The Paddle Australia (PA) Learning and Development (L&D) project aims to develop a culture of continued engagement and belonging. PA believes Learning and Development to be a key component in promoting these values and allowing our clubs, paddlers and sport to learn and grow.

Through stakeholder engagement, PA has identified a series of key subject areas for review, development and delivery as listed below. Coaching has been identified as the key subject area for review and development in the first instance.

Find out more >>>

Step Up to Clean Up

Sick of seeing masks, plastic bottles and other rubbish in your waterways?  Why don’t you get your club or group of paddling buddies to Step Up to Clean Up by creating a Clean Up Event?
Clean Up Australia Day is Sunday 5th March and it has never been easier to create an event and get sent a free Clean Up Kit including bags, gloves, information and promotional materials.  Simply click here to get started!  Then promote your event on your social channels using the Clean Up Australia Day  promotional resources.   
After your Clean Up Event, send us photos and statistics and we will profile your event in the March edition of Paddle Pulse.  Let us know the number of participants, the number of 12L bags collected and the kg’s of rubbish collected (if you can weigh it). Who’s in?  Step Up!

Share your stories with us!

Whether it's about your club, your events, your discipline or favourite paddle trail...we'd love to hear from you! Send in your photos, videos or stories to be featured in Paddle Pulse.

Please contact us at membership@paddle.org.au
2023 PA Canoe Slalom Team - Selection Policies Update

Following the 2022 Canoe Slalom Team selection process, Paddle Australia has completed a review process.

The review undertaken reviewed the 2022 selection process, selection policies, and the 2023 selection events. Recommendations from the review have been taken into consideration, in the development of the 2023 Canoe Slalom Team Selection Polices.

Find out more here >>>

2023 Oceania PA Canoe Marathon and SUP Championships

Paddle Australia, along with Paddle Victoria Marathon, is delighted to host the 2023 Oceania & Paddle Australia Canoe Marathon & SUP Championships on the Barwon River at the Geelong Canoe Club in Geelong, Victoria from 6-10 April 2023.

The four-day event is the selection event for the Australian Canoe Marathon Team in the ICF classes. However, all paddlers are welcome as there will be a large variety of general class events on offer that will suit all ages and abilities.

Find out more >>>

2023 PA Canoe Wildwater Championships

Entries are now open for the 2023 PA Canoe Wildwater Championships being held at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, NSW from 4 – 5 March. The event will act as the selection event for the 2023 Australian Senior, Junior and U23 teams.

Find out more >>>

Seeking Expressions of Interest for Casual Vacancy on Paddle Australia Board

Paddle Australia (PA) is seeking to fill a Casual Vacancy on our Board of Directors.  The new member will work with the current Board and CEO to continue the implementation of the nationally agreed strategy for Paddling in Australia, guiding the organisation through the next phase of our exciting transformation as we prepare for, and take advantage of, the opportunities created by the hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Australia in 2032.

A document providing full background and requirements can be found HERE.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 10 February. Find out more here >>>

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 >>>

Club Training - Disciplinary and Grievance Policies

Paddle Australia (PA) invites Club Committee members and Member Protection Information Officers to attend an online follow-up training session regarding the disciplinary and grievance policies which sit alongside the National Integrity Framework (NIF):

This session is intended to guide Clubs in how to manage poor behaviour and interpersonal conflict where the NIF does not apply.
When: Wednesday 22 February 2023 at 8-9pm AEDT.
Where: Online (Google Meet).  This session will also be recorded.
Presenter: Liam Bourke (PA National Integrity Manager).
RSVPclick here (one online form per attendee).
If you require any additional information, please email Liam Bourke at integrity@paddle.org.au.

Stay Safe on the Water this Summer

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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