After a very busy and exciting start to the year, our 2023 National Championship season wrapped up in April with three fantastic events across Victoria and NSW.

While many of us were enjoying hot cross buns over Easter, athletes were competing for national glory at the PA 2023 Canoe Polo Championships in Ballarat and 2023 Oceania and PA Canoe Marathon and SUP Flatwater Championships in Geelong.

Congratulations to ACT on their overall state title in the Canoe Polo, and to Victoria for their state title in the Canoe Marathon and SUP Championships on Barwon River.

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

2023 Ocean Racing World Championships Coming to Perth

The world’s best ocean racing paddlers are coming to Perth, Western Australia, with Paddle Australia excited to host both the 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships and the 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing Masters World Championships.

Both events will run from Monday 27 November, with the race window from 30 November to 3 December 2023. Both World Championships will be open entry, meaning that paddlers will not need to qualify to participate.

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Paddle Australia and the Australian Ocean Racing Series Joint Statement

Paddle Australia (PA) and the Australian Ocean Racing Series (AORS) are pleased to announce an agreement between the two organisations designed to enhance ocean racing for all paddlers.

The results of AORS are to be used to determine the Australian Championships for Ocean Racing, with the winners of the AORS being recognised as the National Champions each year.      

AORS will also be used as the basis for the selection of the Australian Team to attend the ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships, where team selection is required.

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Paddle Australia partners with Pride in Sport

Paddle Australia has become the newest member of the Australian Pride in Sport program, committing to further develop and enhance the inclusion of LGBTQ people.

ACON Health’s Pride in Sport program is the only sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist sporting organisations with the inclusion of employees, athletes, coaches, volunteers, officials and spectators with diverse genders and sexualities.

Being a Pride in Sport member means changing practices and working towards a more inclusive, safe, and healthy sporting environment for people with diverse sexualities and genders.

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Learning and Development Project: Focus on Chris Hurley

Over the past decade, the sports industry has undergone a significant transformation, and the role of coaches has become increasingly critical in shaping the success of athletes and teams. As the demand for recreational activities continues to rise, there is a growing need for coaches to help individuals and teams achieve their goals. However, attracting new coaches can be challenging, especially in a highly competitive market. This changing landscape of sport means that coaches must continually evolve their skills and knowledge to stay relevant and effective.

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New Olympic discipline produces thrilling finish to 2023 PA Canoe Slalom Championships

The 2023 Paddle Australia Canoe Slalom Championships have come to a stunning finish in Penrith, with the Teams and Kayak Cross events held in April.

Kayak Cross is the new Olympic discipline of Canoe Slalom that sees four competitors go head to head in a race to the finish.

Jessica Fox (NSW) and Angus Thompson (NSW) were crowned Kayak Cross national champions after their impressive performances on the Penrith Whitewater Stadium course.

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Paddle stars in the spotlight at Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

The Australian Canoe Sprint team have had a dominant performance at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships on Scarborough Beach in Perth.

Backing up from the 2023 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships at Champion Lakes, the athletes enjoyed an opportunity to get in some more racing and managed to win a few Australian titles along the way.

Dual Olympic kayakers Aly Bull (Alexandra Headland) and Riley Fitzsimmons (Northcliffe) both took gold in the prestigious Open Surf Ski titles. 

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2023 Australian Canoe Freestyle Team Announced

Paddle Australia (PA) is pleased to announce the Australian Canoe Freestyle Team for 2023.

Following selection at the 2023 PA Canoe Freestyle Championships in Penrith earlier this year, PA is pleased to announce the team that will represent Australia at the 2023 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships in Columbus, USA.

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2023 Australian Canoe Wildwater Teams Announced

Paddle Australia (PA) is pleased to announce the Australian Canoe Wildwater Teams for 2023.

Following selection at the 2023 PA Canoe Wildwater Championships in Penrith in early March, PA is pleased to present the teams that will represent Australia in 2023 across the Senior World Championships in Germany, and Junior and U23 World Championships in Czech Republic.

Seven athletes will also represent Australia across three Senior World Cup events after June’s World Championships

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Victoria dominate Canoe Marathon & SUP Championship at home

The 2023 Oceania and Paddle Australia (PA) Canoe Marathon Championships and Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Flatwater Championships were a resounding success in Geelong.

Over 300 athletes competed on Victoria’s Barwon River for the four days of competition, with national titles up for grabs in individual and team boats, across long course, short course and technical events. Host state Victoria was by far the most successful across all events on the weekend, winning the Frank Whitebrook Trophy that is awarded to the state or territory who amass the most points over every race during the event.

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ACT bring home Canoe Polo national crown

Teams from the nation’s capital have reigned supreme at the recent 2023 PA Canoe Polo Championships held in Ballarat, Victoria, claiming national crowns in both the Open and Women’s divisions on Lake Wendouree, and securing the title as the best performing state at the Championships.

Over 100 athletes from 19 teams competed across the Under-21, Open, Women’s and Masters divisions, with Queensland victorious in the U21 division, and Tasmania winning gold in the Masters.

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Paddle Australia Membership

Paddle Australia and our six State Paddle Associations are gearing up for the 2023/24 paddling season, with membership renewals for a vast number of members due to kickoff from 1 June 2023.

As a member of a Paddle Club, you become part of a united paddling community, supported by your State Paddle Association and Paddle Australia. There is so much to love about paddling, and many great benefits of paddling like being on the water, in nature, fitness, fun and social connection are all increased when you paddle with your Club!

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Stay Safe on the Water

Keep watch as to what is ahead, behind and to either side of you. Look out for other craft, swimmers and potential danger at all times.

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Great to see so many paddlers at the recent Canoe Slalom All States Camp!

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