Welcome to the final Paddle Pulse of 2023 - what a year it has been!

As I reflect on the past 12 months, I am struck most by the amazing diversity of activities. So much so, that there is just too much to cover in one CEO blog! Given this, please indulge me as I touch on a few of the highlights.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) in October marked the end of an era for Paddle Australia (PA), with Andrea McQuitty stepping down from the PA Board after 11 years of service, seven of those leading the organisation as President and Chair. Andrea was honoured with the presentation of Life Membership of PA at the Annual Awards. Following the AGM, the Board elected Andrew Trim, dual Olympic medalist, as the new President of PA.

In 2020, PA established the Paddle On Foundation in response to the COVID pandemic. More recently, the Paddle On Foundation has provided support in other ways, including contributions to clubs impacted by flooding. This is a program that, as a paddling community, we should all be very proud of.

In terms of events, it is hard to go past the 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships recently held in Perth. The response to the Championships has been overwhelmingly positive. We attracted record numbers, the racing was of the highest standard and we held a mixed doubles World Championships for the first time. My sincere thanks to all those involved including the ICF, our valued sponsors, the host organising committee, the PA and Paddle WA teams, the many volunteers, and Event Director Jason Wright. 

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

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Yours in Paddling,
Paddle Australia

Happy Holidays

Paddle Australia wishes all our members a safe and happy festive season. We hope the holiday period brings you nice weather and plenty of opportunities to get on your local waterways.

The PA office will be closed between Christmas and the New Year and will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2024.
For any enquiries during this time, please send an email to This email address will be monitored intermittently throughout the break.

Smith and Hill claim 2023 ICF Ocean Racing World Championship Titles

Australia’s Cory Hill and Jemma Smith have won world championship gold at the first-ever ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships in Australia.

For a full list of SS-1 results, click here.

Click here for a look at how the SS-1 action went down.

Read more >>>

Paddle Australia announces leadership changes at the end of 2024

Paddle Australia has announced Phil Jones will step down as Chief Executive Officer in 12 months’ time, at the end of 2024.

Current National Performance Director Kim Crane will step into the role of CEO following the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Read more >>>


WA Slalom Discipline team working hard to promote the sport

The WA Slalom Discipline team are hard at work promoting the exciting and popular sport in WA. Have a look at an article written about the team in The West Australian here.

Paddle WA is also working towards developing a Whitewater Centre so that athletes are able to train and compete year round. Donate here to help Paddle WA develop a Business Case to get the project off the ground.

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Paddle Australia taking applications for National Integrity Manager

The paddling community has been extremely fortunate to have had Liam Bourke as our National Integrity Manager for the past 18 months.  After helping to embed the National Integrity Framework and providing invaluable education and guidance to members, clubs, disciplines and State Paddle Associations, it is time to farewell and thank Liam as he heads off to start his next chapter of life, relocating to Europe.
With Liam’s departure, Paddle Australia is seeking applications for the role of National Integrity Manager.

The National Integrity Manager is a joint position working across three National Sporting Organisations, being Paddle Australia, Rowing Australia and Australian Dragon Boat Federation.

Find out more and apply >>>

AIS releases Sun Safe guidelines for the sporting summer

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has joined forces with Paddle Australia and the nation’s peak expert bodies on skin cancer and UV radiation to ensure everyone involved in sport, from volunteers to Olympians and Paralympians, is Sun Safe this summer.

Read more >>>

Sport Integrity Australia Annual Update and Changes to Prohibited List

Paddle Australia encourages its community to complete the 2024 Annual Update eLearning module for a refresher on anti-doping and integrity rules including recent changes and case studies.

Changes to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List come into effect on 1 January 2024.

Read more >>>


2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships medalists

Congratulations to all of our 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships medalists who showed incredible skill and determination to finish on the podium.

For a list of all Masters, Senior, Para, U23 and Junior medalists, click here.

2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships comes to a stunning close in Perth 

More than 60 crews teamed up to represent their country in the first ever official SS-2 world championships race.

For a full list of all SS-2 results, click here.

Click here to watch a wrap video on the SS-2 action.

Read more >>>

Canoe Wildwater – 2024 Season ahead 

Paddle Australia in conjunction with Paddle Victoria and the Canoe Wildwater Technical Committees of Paddle Victoria and Paddle Australia are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the 2024 Canoe Wildwater Age Championships and the 2024 PA Canoe Wildwater Selection Event. 

Read more and register >>>

Note to Canoe Polo Community – Competition Discipline Procedure

Paddle Australia advises the Canoe Polo community of new arrangements to deal with disciplinary issues arising from Canoe Polo competitions.

Canoe Polo is a dynamic form of paddling based on competitive match play. Competition rules apply to all competitors, coaches and officials to keep the sport safe and fair.

Read more >>>

Paddle Pathways | Get to Know Sprint Kayak World Champion Jackson Collins

AFL rookie turned Sprint Kayaker, Jackson Collins developed his love for paddling as a surf lifesaving nipper.

With his sights now firmly set on Paris 2024 and achieving his Olympic dream, the 25-year-old relocated to the Gold Coast almost 18 months ago where he trains under Men’s Sprint Kayak Coach, Jimmy Owens, at the National Centre of Excellence. Read more >>>

Paddling in the Nymboida River and its tributaries.

Photo thanks to @awildlandinsta

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