February was certainly an exciting month for all of us at Paddle Australia, one we hope has set the bar high for what will be an exciting year.

This month, it was a pleasure to welcome ICF President Thomas Konietzko, Vice President Lluis Rabeneda and Secretary General Richard Pettit to Australia. The whistle-stop tour began at Penrith before heading to Queensland and the Gold Coast.

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

Penrith's Whitewater and Regatta venues get upgraded for World Championships

Penrith Whitewater Stadium and Sydney International Regatta Centre will receive $6.7 million from the NSW Government to upgrade the facilities ahead of the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Championships.

The works will see upgrades to the whitewater course and stadium infrastructure including new course gates and obstacles, a new timing system, lighting and stadium pathways improvements and canoe conveyor system upgrades.

The NSW Office of Sport will take over management of the Penrith Whitewater Stadium on 1 July 2023.

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Thank you to our volunteers!

After two big weeks of racing at Penrith Whitewater Stadium and Sydney International Regatta Centre, our Canoe Sprint, Canoe Slalom and Canoe Freestyle volunteers and officials can put their feet up and appreciate the fruits of their labour.

Over two weeks, Penrith became the home of Paddling, hosting three national events over nine days. All three competitions were a success, showcasing the best talent of all three disciplines. While our athletes were hard at work, our officials and volunteers worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support all three events. Our sport is lost without our army of dedicated volunteers and officials, we would like to thank everyone who contributes to supporting our national competitions each year.

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!

JOIN THE TEAM | Paddle Australia Sport Development Coordinator

Paddle Australia is currently seeking applications for the role of Sport Development Coordinator. 

A newly created role, with the opportunity to take the key role in planning and delivery of learning & development programs to effectively engage the Paddle Australia community and paddling community more generally. Develop and implement a strategy to effectively drive the retention and growth of officials, coaches and volunteers across the organisation.

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Masters enjoy getting back on the water at the 2023 Paddle WA Canoe Sprint Championships

The recent 2023 PWA Canoe Sprint Championships were a roaring success, catering to young, old and everyone in between. The Championships were a good opportunity for locals to warm up for the 2023 PA Canoe Sprint Championships which will be held at Champion Lakes, WA from the 21-25th of March.

There has always been an active Masters paddling scene in WA but at the recent State championships this was taken to a whole level with many first timers coming across from Marathon, Surf and Downwind racing giving sprints a try.

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Adelaide Canoe Club shares special Seacliff paddle

Adelaide Canoe Club continues to recover their Paddling Calendar after the hiccup from COVID, quite often holding at least five weekly Events, either Training Sessions or coastal paddles from Semaphore South or Seacliff in addition to more remote Expeditions.

Recently club members completed a special Seacliff paddle on Tuesday 14 February.

Adelaide Canoe Club welcomed Chris Fry from Albany Sea Kayaking Club to join the group.

11 kayaks lined up on the beach with a few interested beachgoers braving the windy conditions checking out the paddlers.

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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 Australian Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe teams provisionally announced

Paddle Australia (PA) is pleased to announce the Australian Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe teams for 2023.

Following selection at the 2023 Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 2 earlier this month, PA have provisionally selected a 17-strong Senior National team and 7 athletes selected to the National Paracanoe team.

The Australian Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe teams will travel to Europe for the ICF World Cup season, before the 2023 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships in Duisburg, Germany in August.

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#OneTeam | Olympians in the spotlight at Canoe Slalom Australian Open and Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 2

The 2023 Australian Open and 2023 Grand Prix 2 came to a sensational close in Penrith this month.

The athletes put it all on the line with Australian selection up for grabs, and impressed the onlookers at Penrith Whitewater Stadium and Sydney International Regatta Centre.

Find out more here >>>

Olympian Daniel Watkins announces retirement from canoe slalom

Tokyo Olympian Daniel Watkins has announced his retirement from international level competitive Canoe Slalom.

Watkins grew up in Tasmania, and first picked up the paddle at age 11. His parents thought it would be worth Watkins learning how to paddle and signed him up to Derwent Canoe Club where he has remained ever since.

As a junior athlete, Watkins was known for his speed and boat control, watching the senior athletes with eagerness and soaking up all the information in a quiet and considered manner.

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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.

  • 2023 PA Canoe Sprint Championships (Perth, WA) - CLICK HERE
  • 2023 Oceania and PA Canoe Marathon Championships (Geelong, VIC) - CLICK HERE
  • 2023 PA Canoe Wildwater Championships (Penrith, NSW) - CLICK HERE
  • 2023 PA Canoe Polo Championships (Ballarat, VIC) - CLICK HERE
Update to Selection Procedures Policy

Paddle Australia is pleased to present the following updated Selection Procedures Policy.

The Selection Procedures Policy was approved by the Paddle Australia Board on 10 February 2023, and is effective immediately.

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Stay Safe on the Water this Summer

Paddle craft sit low to the water and can be difficult for other boats to see. Make yourself visible by wearing bright clothes and using reflective tap on your paddle. Consider fitting a flag to your craft, and use a bright all-round light at night

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Paddling into the Sydney sunrise!
PHOTO: Sydney Harbour Surf Club

Simply share your paddling videos, photos and stories across social media, tagging #MyPaddleOZ and @paddle_australia for the chance to be featured.

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