May has been yet another busy month for Paddle Australia, marking the return to international competition for many athletes, with plenty happening on the home front as well!

It has been fantastic to see our #OneTeam return to the world stage this month at first two Canoe Sprint World Cups of the season in Hungary and Poland. Congratulations to our Canoe Sprint and Para athletes, and support staff, who are bringing home an incredible three gold, five silver and three bronze medals from these first two events.

I’d like to wish our Australian Canoe Slalom team the best of luck as they get their season underway in Augsburg, Germany this coming weekend. It all gets underway on Thursday night, with heats and semis live on Planet Canoe’s Recast, and finals on Kayo Sports

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

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Yours in Paddling,
Paddle Australia

Entries open for 2023 Ocean Racing World Championships in Perth

Entries are now open for the 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships and 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing Masters World Championships, to be held in Perth, WA from 27 November – 3 December 2023 with the race window starting from 30 November.

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Paddle Australia launches LGBTQ Inclusion Policy

As we recognise and celebrate inclusion on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) today, Paddle Australia (PA) are proud to release its LGBTQ Inclusion Policy. 

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Olympic champion Wallace announced as Deputy Chef de Mission for Paris 2024

Three-time Olympian and Beijing 2008 Canoe Sprint Olympic Champion Kenny Wallace OAM has been reappointed as deputy Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team for Paris, after he joined the leadership team at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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HAVE YOUR SAY: National Sport Participation survey now open

All Australians are invited to have their say on the development of the nation’s first codesigned National Sport Participation Strategy through an online survey.

The Strategy aims to transform the way sport participation is connected, delivered and supported in Australia and is being facilitated by the Australian Sports Commission in partnership with sector stakeholders.

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Manly Warringah Kayak Club: North of the roaring 40s

Members and friends of the Manly Warringah Kayak Club celebrated 40 years since the club was formed at its inaugural meeting in 1983 at the North Narrabeen SLSC, with over 80 guests at the RMYC in Newport earlier in May.

The evening celebrated the club's history with young and young at heart guests telling their stories. President Peter Grimes invited MWKC foundation President Len Turner and members Brett Worth and Mark Byrne to tell the story of the club’s beginnings.

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Celebrating National Volunteers Week

During the month of May, Paddle Australia was proud to celebrate National Volunteers Week.

Volunteers are at the heart of Paddle Australia, and to celebrate our volunteering community Paddle Australia joined forces with the Australian Sports Commission in thanking all of our volunteers by giving them a BIG 3 Cheers for Volunteers! Thank you to all of our volunteers that make a difference in their community.


Learning and Development Project: Focus on Paddle Helper

As part of Paddle Australia’s (PA) commitment to creating ongoing learning and development opportunities for its community, PA will be introducing some new programs.

One of which is ‘Paddle Helper,’ a program designed to support clubs, leaders and other training groups to facilitate guided programs in a safe and supportive environment. Paddle Helper will become a level of certification, for a person that can help other qualified coaches and leaders facilitate sessions in any environment or water type.
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Membership renewals

As we head towards the start of the 2023/24 paddling season, many members are about to enter into their membership renewal period.  Please don’t let your membership lapse as, contrary to some beliefs, there is unfortunately no grace period.  As such, all membership benefits including your 24/7 worldwide insurances cease when your membership expires.  Keep an eye out in your email inbox for your renewal reminder email or click here to log into the Paddle Australia Membership & Events Portal (JustGo).
Click here to read more about your membership benefits and membership fees for the 2023/24 paddling season.

Sporting Behaviour

As a sport, we are committed to safety, both on and off the water.  Paddle Australia integrity and disciplinary policies, including the Member Protection Policy and Code of Behaviour Policy, apply to all competitions and events.  These protect and bind everyone who attends (including paddlers, coaches, officials, supporters etc).  
Please always be mindful of your responsibility to behave appropriately and respectfully; there is zero tolerance for abuse (physical and otherwise), bullying, harassment or any other harmful behaviour.  Misconduct is taken very seriously and may result in disciplinary action.  

If you have concerns or feel unsafe, please immediately report to officials (eg members of the relevant competition committee).  Incidents and concerns should also be logged via the new Paddle Australia online reporting portal.  Paddle Australia’s National Integrity Manager is available Monday-Thursday to provide assistance (0426 363 302 /

Changes to Integrity and Disciplinary Complaints

Further to previous information about the National Integrity Framework (NIF), please be advised of significant new changes to the role of Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) in complaints and discipline. CLICK HERE to find out more.

Please also refer to the Sport Integrity webpage and SIA Fact Sheet for further information and helpful resources.

PA’s National Integrity Manager, Liam Bourke, will continue to provide subject-matter expertise and practical guidance to any person within the paddling community who wishes to raise concerns or pursue a formal complaint about NIF matters.  Liam may be contacted at or 0426 363 302.

2023 Australian Canoe Marathon Teams Announced

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

Following selection at the 2023 PA Canoe Marathon Championships in Geelong earlier this year, PA is pleased to announce the 40 athletes that will represent Australia at the 2023 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships and Masters World Championships in Vejen, Denmark from 28 August – 3 September 2023.

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Team camaraderie spur Australian Canoe Sprint Development Squad to Asia Pacific Cup Victory

The Australian Canoe Sprint Team put on a dominant display at the 2023 Asia Pacific Cup held in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, winning an impressive 19 gold medals, 15 silver medals, and 6 bronze medals.

With such a commanding performance, Australia was able to retain the overall Asia Pacific title and cup against their rivals from New Zealand, Singapore and Japan.

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2023/24 Events Calendar

  • Canoe Sprint GP1 | 8 – 10 Dec 2023 | Adelaide, SA
  • Canoe Freestyle Championships | 4 Jan 2024 | Eildon, VIC*
  • Whitewater (Slalom, Wildwater, Freestyle) Age Championships | 5-7 Jan 2024 | Eildon, VIC*
  • Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships | 26-28 Jan 2024 | Penrith, NSW 
  • Canoe Slalom Australian Open | 2-4 Feb 2024 | Penrith, NSW
  • Canoe Sprint GP2 / Oceania Championships | 16-18 Feb 2024 | Penrith, NSW
MARCH 2024
  • Canoe Sprint Championships | 7-10 Mar 2024 | Penrith, NSW
  • Canoe Polo Championships | 29-31 Mar 2024 | Canberra, ACT
APRIL 2024
  • Canoe Marathon and SUP Championships | 5-8 Apr 2024 | Adelaide, SA
  • Canoe Slalom Championships | 6-7 Apr 2024 | Brady's Lake, TAS*
*Due to the nature of the discipline, should water availability be limited or in excess in this location, the dates and location of this event may change
Australia win Canoe Sprint men's K4 silver in Poland

Australia have won an historic Men’s K4 500 silver medal at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Poznan, Poland.

After missing out on qualifying for the A-Final in World Cup one in Hungary, the quartet of Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW) , Pierre van der Westhuyzen (QLD), Jackson Collins (QLD) and Noah Havard (QLD) brought a new hunger with them into Poland.

Only the returning Ukraine team could better them in the final, securing the gold 0.74 seconds ahead of the Aussies, with Denmark rounding out the podium in bronze. Read more >>>

Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 preview

The Australian Canoe Slalom team are ready and raring to go ahead of the 2023 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 in Augsburg, Germany this week.

The eight-strong Australian team will be headlined by Olympic gold medalist Jessica Fox and dual Olympian Lucien Delfour.

The first World Cup event of the season will kick off a busy six months for the Australian Canoe Slalom team, with the first Olympic quota positions up for grabs at the 2023 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in September.

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Dominant Aussies secure nine medals at 2023 ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 1

The Australian Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe team have wrapped up their ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 1 campaign in style, adding one gold, two silver and a bronze medal on the final day of competition.

It caps off a stellar opening World Cup campaign for Australia after securing five medals on the opening days of the competition, showcasing strong performances just over a year out from Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Steinepreis set to inspire school kids across the country

Kayaker Yale Steinepreis is one of twelve high performance athletes taking their learnings from the field of play to the classroom, after being appointed as ambassadors for The Good Village Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Problem Solvers Program.

Over the next eight months, the AIS athlete ambassadors will visit primary schools across the country to help students deliver a project focused on health and wellbeing.

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Fox and Eckhardt find balance in dual careers

Australian Canoe Slalom paddlers Noemie Fox and Kate Eckhardt understand the work-life balance better than most.

Both women have been members of the Australian Canoe Slalom team for a number of years, representing Australia on the international circuit at both World Cups and World Championships.

Outside of the boat, Fox is working as an Analyst for IT company Accenture, while Eckhardt is a physiotherapist.

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Paddle Pathways | Get to know dual Olympian Riley Fitzsimmons

It was a dream inspired by the men’s K4 crew at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Four years later, sprint kayaker Riley Fitzsimmons was living out his own Olympic dreams.

“The burning aspiration of me wanting to be an Olympian started very, very young,” Fitzsimmons said. 

“I started surf lifesaving when I was five years old and paddling surf skis when I was 16. I had always dreamt about going to an Olympic Games, and then I found kayaking. That was going to be the pathway I chose to go to the Olympics." Read more >>>

Team Behind the Team - Paddle Australia Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Manager Matt Murphy

As Paddle Australia’s National Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement Manager, Murphy supports athletes in the Slalom, Sprint and Paracanoe teams to maintain high standards on and off the water.  

Murphy’s vital role in PA is to provide support in areas of mental health, career and education, community engagement, conduct and professionalism and personal development. He works closely with the wider AIS and National Institute Networks to provide valuable development opportunities, training and workshops for athletes. Read more >>>

An epic sunset paddle in Scarborough as Perth prepares to host the 2023 ICF Ocean Racing World Championships!

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