August was a historic month for Paddle Australia’s High Performance program, as our Sprint Kayak and Paracanoe team topped the medal tally at the 2023 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships. It was the most successful World Championships campaign by the Australian team to date, with four gold, three silver and one bronze medal. Not only was the campaign highlighted by the medal haul, but also five women’s, six men’s and three paracanoe quotas were secured for next years’ Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.

I extend my congratulations not only to all the athletes who competed, but also to our very hard-working management team, coaches and support staff. In the same way ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, it takes a whole community to achieve results like this!

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

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World Championships history made as Aussies top medal tally

The Australian Sprint Kayak and Paracanoe team have made history, topping the medal tally at the 2023 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships.

It was the most successful World Championships campaign by the Australian team to date, with four gold, three silver and one bronze medal.

Not only was the Australians campaign highlighted by the medal haul, but also five women’s, six men’s and four paracanoe quotas achieved for next years’ Paris Games.

Find out more >>>

14 Beaches Ocean Race
On Saturday the 12th of August over 200 paddlers from around Australia converged on the picturesque beaches of the Gold Coast to take part in the largest Gold Coast Ocean Racing event in recent times; a 15km race catering to ocean paddlers of all kinds, from surfski to SUP foil boards.

The race forms part of the Australian Ocean Racing Series which culminates at the Shaw and Partners Doctor Race in WA in November before the 2023 Ocean Racing World Championships, all in Perth, WA.

Congratulations to everyone that competed, with a special shout out to the SS-1 winners Tom Norton and Jasmine Rayward. Read more >>>
2023 Live Lighter Northam to Toodyay
105 paddlers took to the Avon river in Western Australia in July for the 2023 Live Lighter Northam to Toodyay Race. The event covers the first 30km of the Avon Descent, which is a gruelling 124km over 2 days.

Ben Carrick took out line honours with a time of 2:19:57.8, with Amanda Bowman leading the ladies with 3:09:40.1. View the race results here

Watch the event highlights package here >>>
Townsville Kayak Club host Paddle Australia Instructors Weekend

The Townsville Kayak Club held an exciting and challenging skills weekend workshop during the first weekend of August, on beautiful Magnetic Island, just off the coast of Townsville.

For the small and relatively remote club, it was a great opportunity for participants aged 15-70 to focus on paddling technique and posture, paddle strokes, navigation, tides, weather, equipment, trip planning and crucial safety techniques and risk management plans. Read more >>>

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Last Chance to Nominate for 2023 Paddle Australia Awards

The PA Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements and contributions of the paddling community across a 12-month period. They also provide a platform to honour those who have contributed to the sport over a number of years, and an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and highlights of our community.

Members of the paddling community are able to provide nominations for contributions deserving recognition over the period 16 September 2022 – 15 September 2023.

Nominations for the PA Annual Awards and Life Membership will close on the 15 September 2023. Nominations for Olympic/ Paralympic Paddler of the Year and Coach of the Year will be accepted until the 25 September 2023 to accommodate nominations made following results at the 2023 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships.

Find out more & nominate here >>>

10 Aussies line up at 85th Descenso Internacional del Sella

On Saturday, 5th August, ten Australian Canoe Marathon paddlers participated in the 85th ‘Descenso Internacional del Sella’ or Sella Descent.

The 20km river race from Arriondas to Ribadesella in Asturias in northern Spain is a sight to behold, with Australia’s women’s U23 K2 team or Brianna Jones and Hannah Scott holding their nerves to secure the the U23 K2 gold medal.

The famous race welcomes around 1500 competitors in 900 boats, in a single Le Mans style start on a narrow shallow river. Read more >>>

2023 PA SUP, SUP Foil and OC1 Mayor's Ocean Cup - Entries Live!

Get ready to witness the adrenaline-pumping action of the 2023 Paddle Australia SUP, SUP Foil, and OC1 Mayor’s Cup. With a riveting route spanning from Port Beach to Scarborough Beach, this event promises an electrifying showcase of paddling prowess.

Adding to the excitement, the event will be run in conjunction with the prestigious 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships. Read More >>>

Are you heading to the 2023 ICF SUP World Championships?

Calling all SUP enthusiasts: mark your calendars for November 15-19, 2023, and head to Pattaya, Thailand, for the 2023 ICF SUP World Championships.

Whether you're a junior, senior, or master, this global competition is your chance to shine.

All participants at the World Championships must be members of their National Federation. Register your attendance at the link HERE so we can keep you up to date on valuable competition information and access your team Australia uniform. 

Meskauskaite ready to show off her new home to Lithuanian teammates at 2023 Ocean Racing World Championships

The 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships and Canoe Ocean Racing Masters World Championships provides the perfect opportunity for international paddlers to travel down under to experience the best of Australian ocean racing conditions, and Aussie hospitality.

However, for Lithuanian ocean racer Kristina Meskauskaite, she has been hooked on the Australian paddling scene for quite some time, and is now encouraging her international friends to come to Perth and find out for themselves what all the hype is about.

Although Meskauskaite is a Lithuanian native, she lived in Melbourne for many years, before she moved to Perth two years ago to further pursue the sport of ocean racing. 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

Canoe Marathon World Championships to get underway in Denmark this week

Australia will be proudly represented by 33 athletes at the 2023 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Vejen, Denmark, which gets underway on Monday 28 August.

There will be 17 athletes competing in the Masters World Championships from 28 – 29 August, before 16 Aussies compete in the Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships from 31 August to 3 September. 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
McGrath named Paris 2024 Paralympic Co-Captain with One Year To Go

Triple Paralympic canoeing gold medallist Curtis McGrath has been bestowed the honour and responsibility of leading the Australian Paralympic Team at the Paris 2024 Games, alongside six-time Paralympic Games athletics representative Angie Ballard.

McGrath and Ballard were told of their ascension to the co-captaincy by Danni Di Toro and Ryley Batt, who led the Australian Paralympic Team brilliantly through the COVID-affected Tokyo 2020 Games. Read more >>>

Davidson wins Kayak Cross bronze at Junior Slalom World Championships

Codie Davidson (NSW) has delivered a fantastic finish for Team Australia at the 2023 ICF Junior and Under 23 Canoe Slalom World Championships, winning bronze in the Women’s Junior Kayak Cross in Krakow, Poland.

The Western Sydney Whitewater Club paddler advanced to semifinal 2 and despite being hit in the face by another competitor, powered through to top her race and advance to the final. 

The 16-year-old finished the final in third place, behind Klara Kneblova of Czechia in first and France’s Nina Davidson in second. Read more >>>

PA releases approved Paris 2024 Nomination and Selection Criteria for Canoe Slalom

Paddle Australia has released the approved Paris 2024 Nomination and Selection Criteria for Canoe Slalom.

The development of this Olympic policy has taken over 12 months and is heavily influenced by the limitations and regulations contained in the ICF Olympic Qualification System (OQS).

The introduction of Kayak Cross to the Olympic Games in 2024 presents our sport with an exciting opportunity, but with it comes additional technicalities as we seek to identify the strongest team within the constraints of the OQS. Read more >>>

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