The start of 2023 is flying by, and March was another exciting month for the Paddle Australia community.

The month started with the Paddle Australia Canoe Wildwater Championships in Penrith, which were a fantastic success. It was great to see the return of many familiar faces to the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, alongside some new faces as this discipline continues to grow.

The month was bookended with another national championships, the 2023 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships held at Champion Lakes in Perth from 21-25 March.

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Paddle Australia

Paddle Australia welcomes release of Birkdale Community Precinct Masterplan

Paddle Australia (PA) has welcomed the release of the Birkdale Community Precinct Masterplan, which features plans for the exciting Redlands Whitewater Centre. PA congratulates Redland City Council on its creative vision, extensive design work and commitment to a sustainable legacy for the community.

The Birkdale Community Precinct Master Plan was adopted by Council at its general meeting on Wednesday, and includes details on the nation’s second high performance whitewater facility.

Paddle Australia is pleased to have contributed to the development of the master plan under the umbrella of an MOU with Redland City Council and the International Canoe Federation.

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Council honours Jessica Fox OAM with plaque at 'Olympic Playground'

Penrith City Council has acknowledged the achievements of Canoe Slalom World and Olympic Champion Jessica Fox OAM, and her contributions to the local community, with a plaque unveiling at Penrith Whitewater Stadium last week.

During the ceremony, Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen listed Jessica’s many accomplishments, in particular Jessica’s technically perfect run in the C1 Canoe Slalom final at the Tokyo Olympic Games, where she won an historic C1 gold.

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Largest Australian Women's Canoe Polo Training Camp

After a three year break for the women's squad, Burley Griffin Canoe Club were able to host the largest Australian Women's Canoe Polo training camp in at least a decade. 28 participants attended from across the country, including a mix of new and experienced squad members, as a great development opportunity for those targeting selection for upcoming international events.
A fortnight later, QLD hosted an Australian Men's Camp, attracting 18 participants. With promising youth players rising through the ranks, selections for Oceania's will be competitive, and it is a positive sign for the future standard of Men's Canoe Polo looking ahead to the World Championships in 2024 and 2026. 
The 2022/23 season is set to culminate in Ballarat at the 2023 Paddle Australia National Championships over Easter, where states will compete over U21, Open Women, Open and Masters categories. Find out more about the Canoe Polo Australian Championships >>>
150 Juniors at 2023 Victorian Schools Canoe Champs

150 juniors attended the 2023 Victorian Schools Marathon and Sprint Championships at Bendigo Canoe Club on Lake Weeroona in March. Paddlers from 27 primary and secondary schools and eight club junior squads raced in short course marathon singles and doubles events, 200 m singles and doubles sprints and 200m K4 sprints throughout the day.

This was the first time the long running (~40 years) event had been held at Bendigo, where the beautiful parkland setting, sensational weather and strong support from parents and siblings created a friendly and exciting atmosphere for juniors to meet from across the state.

M1 Results, M2 Results & Sprint Results

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Canoe Sprint National Pathways teams provisionally announced for 2023

There was more on offer at the 2023 Paddle Australia (PA) Canoe Sprint Championships than just national titles, with the Junior and U23 Australian teams, and Asia Pacific Cup team announced at Champion Lakes today.

PA National Performance Pathways Lead (Sprint) Kenny Wallace OAM OLY was on hand to announce the 14-strong Junior team, 12-strong U23 team and 36 athletes selected in the Asia Pacific Cup team.

The Junior and U23 Australian team will compete at the 2023 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Auronzo, Italy from 5-9 July 2023. The Asia Pacific Cup will be raced at Lake Karapiro in New Zealand from 21-24 April 2023.

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Paddle Australia announces 2023 Canoe Slalom National Development Squad

Paddle Australia is pleased to announce the Canoe Slalom National Development squad for 2023.

The National Development Squad has been designed to identify young paddlers with the potential to reach current and future national teams, and provide opportunities for paddlers to learn what is required to train and race at an elite level.

11 athletes from across the country have been selected in the National Development Squad for 2023, including National Junior team members Hunter Florisson, Riley Galea, Claire Clements and Sarah Crosbee.

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2023 PA Canoe Sprint Championships comes to a stunning close in Perth

After five epic days of competition, the 2023 PA Canoe Sprint Championships came to a stunning close in Perth over the weekend.

More than 200 paddlers descended on Champion Lakes in Western Australia for the national championships.

Thank you to all our athletes, officials, volunteers, coaches and supporters for a great regatta.

Watch the wrap video >>>

National Wildwater champions crowned in Penrith

The Australian wildwater champions were crowned at Penrith Whitewater Stadium last the weekend, as athletes competed in kayaks and canoes across the Sprint and Classic events.

Georgina Collin (WA) dominated the women’s Open events, winning both the K1 Classic and Sprint. Similarly, Robert Janiszewski (VIC) won back-to-back golds in the Men’s C1 Sprint and Classic.

Kaylen Bassett teamed up with his younger brother Lachlan (NSW) to secure both Sprint and Classic Men’s C2 national titles.

Find out more >>>

Stay Safe on the Water

Take note of these five vital checks when planning your boating trip:

  • Warnings current for your paddling area
  • Weather conditions affecting safe navigation and comfort
  • Wind and wave conditions, and tide times. Be prepared to defer your plans until another day if the winds are too strong and the waves are too big. Check the weather at
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Paddle Australia Insurances - Safeguarding Members and Clubs

Did you know that in addition to the individual insurances you receive as a member, Paddle Australia has the following national insurance policies in place to protect your club?

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Management Liability Insurance (Directors and Officers Liability)
  • Personal Accident Insurance
  • Cyber Insurance

These policies cover your Club# and its’ members*, coaches*, instructors*, guides*, temporary/trialling members*, committee members* and volunteers*

As an optional extra your Club also has access to competitively priced policies for

  • Property / premises, boat, equipment and trailer insurance (on application; Additional costs and conditions apply)

If your Club would like to learn more about these optional insurances and/or receive a quote from our insurance broker, V Insurance, please call them on 02 8599 8660 / 1300 945 547 or email  The next insurance year will commence on 1 July 2023. 

And a reminder that Paddle Australia members can access paddle craft and equipment insurance through our Paddle Protect insurance offering.

For more information on the Paddle Australia Insurance Program click here.

#  To be fully covered by the policies Clubs must be compliant with the Club Affiliation Policy.

*  To be covered by the policies each individual must be listed in the Paddle Australia database in the appropriate manner based on their role or position within your Club and where applicable, qualifications must be current and members must be financial at the time of the incident for which an insurance claim is submitted.


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