Today, Thursday 30 November, officially marks the start of the 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships in Perth, WA!

I am excited to see over 500 Australian and International paddlers on our west coast over the next few days, competing in the Championships. I wish everyone the very best of luck and urge you to enjoy the fantastic Western Australian hospitality. Follow along with the action on Facebook and the official website.

The Championships follows hot on the heels of the Shaw and Partners WA Race Week. Congratulations to all the winners, and to Cory Hill and Jemma Smith on winning The Doctor and to Dean Gardiner, Yanda Morrison and their team on the 20th Edition of the globally renowned race. 

Looking back at the month that was, a major highlight was the announcement of Jessica Fox being selected for her fourth Olympic Games! I extend my sincere congratulations to Jessica, her coach Myriam Fox and the broader High Performance team.

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

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Yours in Paddling,
Paddle Australia
Jessica Fox Selected in the Australian Olympic Team for Paris 2024

Olympic champion Jess Fox will make history as the first Australian canoe slalom athlete to compete at four Olympics, after her selection in the Australian Olympic Team for Paris earlier this month.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced the 29-year-old’s selection to compete in the C1 and K1 events, in which she won gold and bronze respectively at Tokyo 2020.

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2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships to Start Today

Racing at the much anticipated 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships will kick off today, with the SS-1 World Championships first off the blocks.

To read more about the confirmed race schedule, click here.

To read the Paddle Australia/2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships Bulletin #5, click here.

Play Well the focus of Australia’s first Sport Participation Strategy

Aussies are being called on to Play Well as part of the nation’s first co-designed Sport Participation Strategy released this month.

With safe, welcoming, inclusive and fun experiences at the heart of it, Australia’s Sport Participation Strategy is a united approach with a vision that ‘everyone has a place in sport.’

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Cory Hill and Jemma Smith win the Shaw and Partners DOCTOR Ocean Surf Ski Race in Perth

The Shaw and Partners WA Race Week concluded last Saturday in Perth with the famous downwind race, "The Doctor."

Named after the sea breeze that brings relief to Perth's central districts on hot days, The Doctor is one of the world's largest ocean downwind paddling races, attracting ocean paddlers from across the globe.

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NSW Slalom State Championships - Cotter River

Combining a natural river, good weather and fantastic competition, the recent 2023 NSW Canoe Slalom State Championships were a huge success.

The two-day event included paddlers from other disciplines (polo, sprint, marathon) competing in the slalom event from junior through to open divisions.

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VIC Slalom State Championships - Goulburn River

The Victorian Slalom Championships took place over the weekend to great success, with the fantastic Goulburn River hosting the state paddle community over two action-packed days.

Find out more >>

Mandurah Cut Run attracts competitors from around the world

Western Australia's newest club, Mandurah Ski & Kayak Club, proudly hosted their first event earlier this month. The Mandurah Cut Run was overlooked by Santi Ikto, one of the Giants of Mandurah, and was well organised and successfully delivered.

If you're a paddler in the Peel area, take a look at the club Facebook page for more information on how to join.

Paddle South Australia #ShePaddles on tour

The Paddle SA #ShePaddles movement recently undertook an excursion to Garden Island, which is located within the Port River estuary system. The participants had a great time and even got to see some dolphins!

Paddle SA extends their thanks to all who came, and look forward to seeing everyone again at the next event!

To learn about more about the #ShePaddles social paddles, visit their website.

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Paddle Australia Staffing Update

Paddle Australia is sad to report that Annabelle White, our Sport Operations Manager, has submitted her resignation. Annabelle joined us as the Sport Operations Coordinator in February 2022, at a time when we were emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting our first national competition season after a 2-year break.

Read more here >>>

Pride in Sport National Survey 

Paddle Australia is proud to take part in the Pride in Sport Australia National Survey to promote greater inclusion of people of diverse sexuality and/or gender.

Facilitated by Pride in Sport, the ‘PSI National Survey’ provides organisations and clubs the opportunity to collect valuable anonymous insights on LGBTQ inclusion.

Take the survey here >>>

Booth Wins Seventh World Championship Title

Legendary Australian paddler Michael Booth won his seventh world title this month, finishing first in the Inflatable SUP division at the 2023 ICF Stand Up Paddling World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.

For more information and results, click here.

Canoe Polo Teams Announced for Oceania Tour

With the 2023 Oceania Canoe Polo Championships fast approaching, Paddle Australia are proud to announce a strong squad that will travel to New Zealand for the continental competition.

Playing across seven teams, those named also include nine coaches who will guide their athletes through the four day competition from December 7-10 in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. 

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Bailey Excited for First and Last Ocean Racing World Championships as a Junior

Having transitioned from Surf Life Saving to Sprint Kayaking in her mid teens, Gold Coast junior Alyssa Bailey is excited to race at her very first ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships in Perth this week.

The Currumbin Creek local is no stranger to the world championship environment, having competed at the ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Italy earlier this year. Read more >>>

Traynor Ready to Welcome the World to Our Shores

Despite his lifetime of involvement in surf lifesaving and ocean swimming, it wasn’t until 2018 that passionate Ocean Racer and paddling advocate, Simon Traynor, seriously picked up a paddle.

Now a Paddle Australia Board Director, Traynor could not be more thrilled that the 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships will take place on home shores, with the waterman keen for the world’s paddlers to experience the hospitality of the Australian paddle community. Read more >>>

Queensland Academy of Sport Appoints Olympic Gold Medalist David Smith as Sprint Canoe Kayak Head Coach

The Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), Paddle Australia and Paddle Queensland are pleased to announce the appointment of David Smith, 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist, as the new QAS Head Coach for Sprint Canoe Kayak. Smith brings a wealth of experience to his role, having previously served as the South Australian Institute of Sport (SASI) Sprint Canoe Head Coach and the Assistant National Men’s Coach 2017-21. Read more >>>

PA releases approved Paris 2024 Olympic Nomination and Selection Criteria for Canoe Sprint

Paddle Australia released the approved Paris 2024 Olympic Nomination and Selection Criteria for Canoe Sprint earlier this month.

Aligned with the ICF Olympic Qualification System (OQS), the development of this Olympic policy has taken over 12 months and we thank those who gave their valuable input into this process.

Read more here >>>

Paddle Pathways | Get to Know Paracanoe Medallist Susan Seipel

Born in the sunny state of Queensland, Susan Seipel grew up dreaming of representing Australia at the highest level, though could never have predicted her way there would be through paracanoe.

A keen para-equestrian athlete at the time, Seipel remembers the Sydney 2000 Paralympics as a defining moment in her journey.

Read more >>>

Paddle Pathways | Get to know Olympic Gold Medalist Tom Green

Growing up on the Gold Coast with a background in surf lifesaving, Tom Green was never far from the water. 

He began paddling at the age of 10 on the sandy banks of Pizzey Park, quickly finding a love for the sport. 

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Riding the Goulburn to Ghin Ghin // The only way to travel.

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