A warm welcome to 2024! I hope everyone was able to enjoy a break with family and friends and managed to spend some quality time out on the water over the busy festive season.

After a short break, the competition season is already ramping up as we begin what is sure to be a very busy and exciting year, including a full program of National Championships, with selected teams in the various disciplines heading overseas to World Championships and other international competitions.

The Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games will no doubt be a highlight of 2024 and excitement is already building. Paddle Australia is excited to be supporting the best high-performance paddlers from our community on their journeys to Paris. Once again, I acknowledge the funding from the Federal Government, through the Australian Sport Commission, that supports this program. For Olympic and Paralympic updates and the latest news, be sure to keep an eye on our website and social media channels.

It was fantastic to start the year off with the 2024 Whitewater Age Championships, which saw talented paddlers from around Australia converge on the Goulburn River in Victoria for a long weekend of camaraderie and competition. Taking place from January 5-7, an array of races saw Age Group Champions crowned across Canoe Slalom, Canoe Freestyle and Canoe Wildwater disciplines, and we wish to congratulate all those who took part on an incredible start to the season.

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

Fox goes back-to-back while men's canoe quota decided

Australia’s Jessica Fox has claimed back-to-back titles, winning gold at the 2024 Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships over the weekend in the women’s canoe final.

Australia’s Brodie Crawford finished second in the men’s canoe final, provisionally qualifying a men’s canoe quota for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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Double Fox podium as 2024 Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships wraps up

Jess and Noemie Fox have finished the 2024 Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships on a high, taking out gold and bronze in the women’s Kayak Cross event on the final day of racing.

It wraps up a big weekend for the Fox sisters, Jess winning three gold medals (canoe, kayak and kayak cross) and Noemie winning two bronze (kayak and kayak cross).

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Paddle WA | Thanking our volunteers

Paddle Western Australia recently hosted a thank you function for their volunteers.

"Our Volunteers are so very important to us and our Paddling Community. Without their incredible support we could not offer the many events Paddle WA and our Disciplines offer throughout the year."

The Nymbo: A Paddlers Guide to the Nymboida River and its Tributaries by Brian Cork

A new whitewater guidebook is available for Aussie paddlers. This guide covers 170 km of paddling on the popular Nymboida plus over 800 km of paddling on tributaries to the Nymboida and documents runs from low volume creek boating and waterfalls to scenic canoe trips.

The guide presents logistical details and descriptions for each run plus things of interest to visitors including aboriginal, european and paddling history of the area, flora, fauna and geology.

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Level 3 Para Canoe Classifier and Coach Workshops coming to Gold Coast in February

Queensland will play host to Level 3 Para Canoe Classifier and Coach Workshops next month, with the courses set to take place on 20-23 February.

Offered by the ICF with the support of Paddle Australia, the workshops will allow those who successfully complete the course to classify athletes at the national level.

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Sport Integrity Australia is excited to launch the 2024 Integrity Education Webinar Series

This webinar series will focus on supporting members, club administrators, coaches, volunteers and parents in better understanding Child Safe Practices so that sport in Australia is a safe place for children and young people.

We encourage attendance from members of the paddle community and encourage early registration via the Sport Integrity Australia website.

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Winners Crowned at 2024 Canoe Slalom Age Championships

Hosted from January 5-7, the 2024 Canoe Slalom Age Championships saw talented paddlers from around Australia converge on the Goulburn River in Eildon, Victoria, for a long weekend of camaraderie and competition.

Despite the wild weather, an array of races saw Age Group Champions crowned across Canoe Slalom and Kayak Cross.

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Wildwater Selection Races Mitta Mitta River January 12-14 2024

The selection races for the 2024 Australian Wildwater Team were held at the famous Sharks Tooth rapid on the Mitta Mitta River below the pondage dam at Dartmouth. We were lucky to be able to align the event with a  Goulburn Murray Water release. There was a peak flow of 4060 ML/D which was higher than the 2980 ML/d in the 2018 selections.

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Canoe Slalom Selection Policies for 2024

Paddle Australia has released the Canoe Slalom selection policies for 2024. 

It outlines selection policies for the Canoe Slalom World Cup Team, Canoe Slalom U23 Team and Canoe Slalom Junior Team as well as the Minimum Performance Standards (MPS) for 2024 International Season in the lead up to the Paris Olympic Games.

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PA releases approved Paris 2024 Paralympic Canoe Team Nomination and Selection Criteria 

Paddle Australia has released the approved 2024 Paralympic Canoe Team Nomination Criteria.

A complex and detailed approval process saw Paddle Australia work with Paralympics Australia for many months on the development of this policy. We thank those who gave their valuable time and input into this process.

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Canoe Marathon Update

AUS TEAM MANAGERS: It is with pleasure that the PACMTC announces the appointment of James Pralija and Jade Kerber as Team Managers for the 2024 Australian Canoe Marathon Team. The Team Managers will be assisting Masters, Paracanoe and the open team leading up to the 2024 ICF World Championships 16 to 22 September 2024 in Metkovic, Croatia.

SELECTORS: The PACMTC announces the following will be Selectors for the 2024 Australian Canoe Marathon Team: Jerry Dunn (Chair), Jenni Bateman, Mark Rickard, Mark Sanderson.

Selection will take place at the 2024 PA Canoe Marathon Championships at Encounter Lakes, South Australia, 5 to 7 April 2024.

Paddle Pathways | Get to know triple Paralympic gold medallist Curtis McGrath

A three-time Paralympic Champion, paracanoeist Curtis McGrath is also one of the most inspirational Australian ambassadors for the sport of paddling and the Paralympic movement at large.

It’s a role that the former Australian Army combat engineer fully embraces both on and off the water. 

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Paddle Pathways | Get to know World Championship silver medallist Yale Steinepreis

The last couple of seasons on the runway to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games have been punctuated with amazing performances and international success for Yale Steinepreis, including taking home a silver medal in the K1 200m at the 2023 ICF Senior World Championships.

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Paddle Pathways | Get to know K2 Olympic champion Jean van der Westhuyzen

When he set out to try kayaking as a school sport around 2007, Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Jean van der Westhuyzen did not see himself as a future Olympic champion. In fact, he didn’t even know paddling was an Olympic sport.

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Lake Moogerah is well-known for its spectacular scenery, but it seemed extra special this morning.

Photo thanks to @globalpaddlerhq

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