With an event-heavy start to what will be a very big year for paddling and Paddle Australia, it’s safe to say that 2024 is well and truly in full swing!

On behalf of Paddle Australia, I’d like to start by extending my heartfelt congratulations to Tim Anderson and Tristan Carter who have been selected to compete at Paris 2024. After exceptional performances at a range of international events over the past 12 months, including multiple top 10 finishes, Tim and Tristan were selected for their first Australian Olympic Team earlier this month. To read more about their selection, click here.

Following the 2024 Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships, February saw us return to the Penrith Whitewater Stadium (PWS) for the 2024 Canoe Slalom Australian Open. The event attracted talent from far and wide, and I congratulate all who took part and especially those who finished on the podium in both the Canoe Slalom and Kayak Cross events.

In mid-February, just two weeks after the Australian Open, we were back at Penrith, this time with the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) playing host to the 2024 Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 2 and Oceania Championships. Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls did us proud, performing exceptionally and securing numerous podium finishes.

With all this talk of competitions, I am reminded of the large number of people, mainly volunteers, without whom we simply could not run the competition program that we do. I am sure that I speak on behalf of all the competitors in expressing my sincere thanks to everyone, from the members of our hard-working technical committees through to our dedicated officials and our willing and able volunteers. 

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
Paddlers Tim Anderson and Tristan Carter locked in for Australian Olympic Team

The Australian Olympic Committee has selected Tim Anderson and Tristan Carter in the Australian Olympic Team for Paris 2024, to contest the men’s K1 and C1 events respectively.

Announced at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium where they train and compete, 29-year-old Anderson and 25-year-old Carter will both make their Olympic debuts in Paris.

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Birds Along The Way by Terry Bolland

In 2021/22, 70 year old Terry paddled 14,000 kilometres on the middle reaches of the Swan River. Rain, hail or shine he paddled every day for 365 days, averaging around 40 kms each day.

His 150 page book, containing 412 photographs he took during the year, highlights the natural beauty, diversity and bird life of the Swan River.

View his achievements here.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book (special price of $35 for Paddle Australia members) please email Terry here.

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Andrea McQuitty Appreciation Paddle

In recognition of her 11 years on the board of Paddle Australia and her 7 years as President, the Tasmanian Canoe Club is holding a welcome back to paddling appreciation day for Andrea McQuitty on March 17.

All are welcome to attend:
Location: Forth Paddling Site (Wilmot Rd), Tasmania
Date: 17th March
Time: 2-5pm - Social paddle to 3.30pm with light refreshments to follow

2024 Paddle Australia Canoe Wildwater Australian Age Championships

The Wildwater Age Championships attracted some 50 paddlers from across Australia in all types of craft.

Racing was on the picturesque Goulburn River from the Eildon Weir through and past the “Blue Gums rapids” – some 5 km of river.

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2023 PA Canoe Marathon Paddler of the year – Nominations NOW open

Nominations are sought for 2023 PA Canoe Marathon Paddler of the year in the following categories:

  1. Senior Male
  2. Senior Female
  3. Junior Male
  4. Junior Female
  5. Masters Male
  6. Masters Female

Read more >>>

2024 Paddle Australia Canoe Marathon and SUP Championships

Registrations are OPEN for the 2024 PA Canoe Marathon and SUP Championships, which will be hosted by Paddle SA on the beautiful Encounter Lakes April 5th -7th.

Read more >>>

Canoe Slalom National Champs – ENTRIES NOW OPEN

The 2024 Paddle Australia Canoe Slalom Championships will be held at Brady’s Lake from 5 – 7 April 2024.

This event is proudly presented by Paddle Australia and Paddle Tasmania in conjunction with both the state and national Canoe Slalom Technical Committees.

Entries are now open and will close at 5pm on Sunday 24th of March.

Read more >>>

10 things you need to know about the 2024 Canoe Slalom Nationals

The 2024 Canoe Slalom Nationals are fast approaching, and we've compiled a list of 10 things we think you should know about the event.

Read more >>>


Canoe Polo – 2024 Team Manager EOI’s NOW Open

Paddle Australia is now calling for expressions of interest to support our 2024 Canoe Polo National Teams as they travel to their World Championship event to be held in Dequing, China from the 15th – 20th October, 2024.

Read more >>>


Green Edges Closer to Olympic Selection while Manning Provisionally Secures Quota for Australia

Olympic gold medalist Tom Green has edged closer to Olympic selection, taking out the men’s K1 1000 final at the 2024 Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 2 and Oceania Championships.

Green motored down the course in a time of 3:31.96, ahead of Canoe Marathon world champion Mads Pedersen (DEN) in second and South Australian Maguire Reid in third.

Read more >>>

Tim Anderson and Noemie Fox finish Aus Open on Kayak Cross podium 

Timothy Anderson has won the men’s Kayak Cross final at the 2024 Canoe Slalom Australian Open, while Noemie Fox has finished with another bronze medal.

Anderson was consistent, from time trials right through until the final, and found himself in pole position, crossing the line in first to win gold.

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Steinepreis announced as ambassadors of AIS Good Village initiative

Seventeen athletes from across Australia are preparing for a big year of sporting commitments and school visits, after being appointed as ambassadors for The Good Village Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Problem Solvers Program.

Over the next ten months, the AIS athlete ambassadors will visit primary schools across the country.

Read more >>>

If you dream about sleeping under the stars and rolling out of your swag onto a soft river beach with nothing to do all day except swim, fish, and paddle, then the Goulburn River at Murchison is for you.

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