July has been another month highlighted by the success of our Australian paddlers on the world stage.

Congratulations to Claudia Bailey and Jasmine Rayward on their medal winning performances at the 2023 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Italy. Seeing our pathways athletes shine internationally is always a proud moment, especially as we countdown to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As we head towards the end of winter, and warmer weather on our shores, it is important to ensure you are covered when enjoying our waterways. Don’t forget to protect your paddle craft and equipment under our Paddle Protect policy. You can find out more about our Paddle Protect policy in this month’s Paddle Pulse.

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
Paddle Australia welcomes Federal Government funding boost for Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games

Paddle Australia is pleased to be a beneficiary of the Australian Government’s Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Preparation Fund that was announced last week.

The funding is designed to significantly enhance the medal potential and improve the performance of our Australian athletes in the lead up to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

This additional funding into Paddle Australia’s high performance program will directly assist in supporting our senior national teams attending international and domestic competitions and camps, which will improve our competitive opportunities and foster the sport’s ‘one team’ culture. 

Find out more >>>

VIDEO | 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships heads down under
Hawkesbury Classic back after three year hiatus

After two years of cancelled events owing to COVID and then again last year as a result of the devastating Hawkesbury floods, the Classic is BACK!

With the support of Paddle Australia, the iconic, 111km overnight, charity fundraiser will be held on 28th / 29th October 2023. There are distance options to suit all paddlers with either the full-length 111km Classic, the 65km Windsor to Wisemans Dash and then three-paddler relays over both distances.

The event is open to all forms of paddlecraft.  This is the 44th year of the event and the 30th year where funds raised by paddlers have supported the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation. Read more >>>
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Changes to opt-ins for communications from Paddle Australia

Paddle Australia has rolled out changes to opt-in preferences for all users in JustGo to better align with the communications we send to Paddle Australia members and paddlers with a profile in JustGo. 

Previously, receipt of all communications sent by Paddle Australia were subject to an individual’s response to one opt-in: “I wish to receive e-newsletters and offers from Paddle Australia.” This opt-in is now specific to Paddle Australia’s monthly newsletter, Paddle Pulse, and two new opt-ins have been introduced:

  • I wish to receive e-newsletters from Paddle Australia about the 2023 Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships
  • I wish to receive e-newsletters from Paddle Australia about disciplines and activities I have expressed an interest in

Users who had an existing opt-in to receive e-newsletters and offers from Paddle Australia will continue to receive Paddle Pulse, and the status of that opt-in has been copied across to the two new opt-ins, for the 2023 Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships and e-newsletters from Paddle Australia about disciplines and activities.

To update your opt-in selections, log into your JustGo account, select My Profile and navigate to the Profile tab. Look for the Opt-Ins heading, and update your selections based on the communications you wish to receive. If you decide to change any of your opt-ins, you will still receive important emails out of JustGo such as expiry reminders, booking confirmations and payment receipts. For more information or for assistance in changing your opt-ins, please contact membership@paddle.org.au.

Please note: No changes have been made to opt-ins for state or club e-newsletters and offers.

Paddle Protect Insurance Policy

Don’t forget to protect your paddle craft and equipment under our Paddle Protect policy.

Whether you are a competitive paddler or a leisurely weekend paddler, our Paddle Protect Paddle Craft & Equipment insurance policy for paddlers who are members of Paddle Australia will protect your craft against accidental damage and/or theft (including equipment, and accessories)*. We will help you protect your financial investment so you can stay on the water enjoying the sport and recreation activity that you love!

When the total sum insured (i.e. the combined price of the craft and any equipment being insured) is $5000 or less, there is a flat rate pricing structure. The price is $121.44 if the policy is taken out before the end of July, with a prorated pricing scale therefore, dependent on what month the policy is taken out. The policy is based on the financial year and will expire on 30 June 2024. Personalised quotes will be provided for your consideration when the total sum insured is over $5,000.

As we approach the warmer months, now’s the time to ensure your insurance is up-to-date. To apply for a policy or quote, or for more information about Paddle Protect for Individuals, please click here.

* Conditions apply click here for details

Aussies Cory Hill and Jemma Smith crowned Shaw and Partners Molokai Challenge winners

The Shaw and Partners Molokai Challenge made a powerful comeback this year drawing an impressive roster of over 150 enthusiastic paddlers.

Securing his third Molokai Challenge title, Shaw and Partners Brand Ambassador, Cory Hill, clinched the men's division with an impressive time of 3:31:39, demonstrating extraordinary resilience amidst the flat conditions.

In her debut appearance, Shaw and Partners Brand Ambassador and ICF World Champion, Jemma Smith, triumphed in the women's category with a time of 4:04:41. Read more >>>

Rayward wins Junior World Champs bronze

Jasmine Rayward has won Australia’s first medal at the 2023 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Auronzo, Italy.

The 16-year-old Queenslander won bronze in the Junior Women’s K1 1000 in a time of 4:04.35, behind Germany’s Caroline Heuser in gold and Hungary’s Hanna Peto in silver.

Supported by coach Val Henot (QAS) and Australian team leader David Smith (SASI), Rayward said she is stoked to have won the bronze, and is already thinking about building on her performance next year. Read more >>>

Silver for Claudia Bailey at Junior World Championships in Italy

Claudia Bailey won Australia’s second medal at the ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Auronzo, Italy.

The 18-year-old won silver in the Junior Women’s K1 500 in a time of 1:53.56, just 0.11 seconds behind gold medalist Angelina Szegedi (Hungary).

It’s been a breakthrough season for Bailey, who also made her Senior World Cup debut in Hungary earlier this year. Read more >>>

Did you receive our dedicated Ocean Racing newsletter?

As we count down to the 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships in Perth from 30 November - 3 December, we recently launched our dedicated Ocean Racing World Championships newsletter.

With issues dropping regularly, we will be bringing you all the latest news, schedule and event information to plan your one-in-a-lifetime adventure in Perth.

Read the first newsletter HERE

Junior & U23 World Championships provides invaluable experience for next gen of Wildwater paddlers

Six Australian paddlers have proudly represented the green and gold at the ICF Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships in Roudnice Nad Labem, Czech Republic.

Australia’s national men’s Canoe champion Rob Janiszewski recorded Australia’s highest finishes, placing 8th in the Men’s U23 C1 Sprint Final and 13th in the Men’s U23 C1 Classic Individual event.

Read more >>>

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 | 4-7 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
Paddle Pathways | Natalia Drobot bursting onto the Canoe Sprint World Cup circuit

Before Natalia Drobot fell in love with canoe sprint, she used to literally fall into the water. A lot.

Having sampled more than a dozen different sports in her young life, why did she persist with this one pursuit, where in the early stages she seemed more destined to end up in the drink?

Read more >>>

Team Behind the Team - Rene Olsen, Women's Sprint Kayak Coach

When Rene Olsen’s crews take to the start at next year’s Paris Olympics, he wants every paddler to believe in themselves – and not just as athletes – but as people.

Olsen has coached in his native Denmark, New Zealand, Britain, and has been leading Australia’s women’s sprint kayak program since 2021. No matter where he’s based, Olsen says his coaching approach is consistent.

Read more >>>

Having a WHALE of a time on the water this winter!

PHOTO: Mark Sudin - Whale encounter off Jibbon Head (NSW)

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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