MAY 2024 EDITION

With Paris 2024 fast approaching and a number of international events taking place in the lead up, it has been full steam ahead for Paddle Australia this month.

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
SPOTLIGHT NEWS
Curtis McGrath wins 12th World Championship crown in Hungary

Triple Paralympic gold medalist Curtis McGrath has claimed his 12th World Championship title in Hungary at the Paracanoe World Championships, winning the Men’s KL2 200.

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Zhik joins Paddle Australia as Official Apparel Partner

Paddle Australia is excited to announce that Zhik will become its Official Apparel Partner.

Zhik will provide the team uniform for all Senior National teams, Junior and U23 Australian teams, and all Paddle Australia staff and officials. The relationship will also see benefits flow to State Associations, Clubs and the broader paddling community.

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Paddle Australia receives Play Well Participation grant

More Aussies will be supported to get active and enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity thanks to the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) Play Well participation grants. Paddling will be a significant beneficiary of the grants. 

Funding has been announced for the latest round with 69 projects greenlit, with $10.3 million driving more participation in sport.

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AROUND THE AUSTRALIAN WATERWAYS

Girls afternoon at Big River Canoe Club

Big River Canoe Club hosted a girl's afternoon as part of their club/slalom weekend on the 4-5th May

Ally Cork, Una Fahey and Jacqui Lachman took the girls from the Broadwater down to the slalom rapid on the Mann River.

They did paddle games, helped beginners, surfed the waves and practiced gates. 

Share your stories with us!

Whether it's about your club, your events, your discipline or favourite paddle trail...we'd love to hear from you! Send in your photos, videos or stories to be featured in Paddle Pulse.

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MEMBER UPDATES
Paddle Australia launches National Volunteer Action Plan

In a significant step toward advancing the sport of paddling, Paddle Australia is proud to release the Paddle Australia National Volunteering Action Plan (PANVAP).

Volunteers are the heart and soul of grassroots sport and are crucial to the success of paddling in Australia as a whole.

Guided by the Paddle Australia vision, the plan intends to elevate our sport by supporting new, existing, and returning volunteers across the country in their diverse capacities and roles.

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Expressions of Interest for Board Committees

Paddle Australia (PA) benefits from a number of expert Board Committees that provide advice and recommendations to the PA Board. As PA enters the next phase of our development, we are actively seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals wishing to make a contribution to the governance of the organisation as members of our Board Committees including the Audit and Risk, Ethics and Integrity, Competition, and Nominations Committees. 

For more information, and to apply, please click here.

RECREATION CORNER
Paddle Education

Want to learn some new skills and grow your knowledge to become more comfortable and safer on the water? Check out the links below for training and courses.

National Outdoor Education Conference

Outdoor Education Australia and Outdoors Victoria will host the National Outdoor Education Conference (NOEC) 2024 from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th December 2024.

While the biennial Conference has been held nationwide for 46 years since 1978, 2024 will mark the first time NOEC has been held in Victoria since 2007. We expect around 600 people from the sector, and tickets will sell out.

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Loch Luna Nockburra Creek Trail

Loch Luna Nockburra creek trail is in the region of Riverland in South Australia. It is a 10km round trip paddle on easy flatwater conditions. Best of all, it has just had an all-abilities access ramp installed.

Photo: Dionne Rawlins

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DISCIPLINE UPDATES
Paddle Australia announces Vaikobi 14 Beaches Ocean Race as 2024 Australian Championships

Paddle Australia, in partnership with Paddle Queensland, is pleased to announce the Vaikobi 14 Beaches Ocean Race will be the Australian Ocean Racing Championships in 2024 and Australian team selection event for the ICF 2024 Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships.

Set to be held on the Gold Coast on 2-4 August 2024, the Vaikobi 14 Beaches Ocean Race will also crown the 2024 Paddle Australia Canoe Ocean Racing champions. Read more >>>

Entries open on Saturday 1 June - click here

Australian Canoe Marathon Teams announced for 2024 World Championships

Paddle Australia is pleased to confirm the Australian teams for the 2024 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships.

The 2024 ICF Canoe Marathon Masters World Championships will be held in Metkovic, Croatia from 16-17 September 2024, followed by the 2024 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships from 19-22 September 2024.

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2024 ICF Australian Freestyle National Championships a huge success

The 2024 ICF Australian Freestyle National Championships have come to a close in Eildon, Victoria. 

For the first time in many years, a wave that is generated by a natural hole in the Goulburn River in Eildon was the location for this year's championships. A combination of the heat of summer and the cool temperate waters of the Goulburn River providing a unique experience for many competitors.

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Australian Canoe Polo teams announced for World Championships

Paddle Australia is pleased to confirm the Australian teams for the 2024 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships.

Set to be held in Deqing, China from the 15-20 October 2024, the event will see the best Canoe Polo athletes in the world come together for six days of high quality competition.

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National Canoe Polo season concludes in Adelaide

Adelaide recently hosted the final event of the National calendar, attracting fourteen teams entered across three divisions.

As the last selection event for the World Championships, the competition was fierce, with the draw also bolstered by squad games and Training Camps prior to the weekend. Thank you to Northern Districts Canoe Club for hosting.

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Volunteers the heart and soul of Canoe Polo Community

There is no doubt that volunteers are the heart of Australian sport, and this National Volunteer Week, Paddle Australia is celebrating those who make our sport possible.

Laura Kleinrahm, Vice President and Canoe Polo Convenor of Burley Griffin Canoe Club is one such volunteer, devoting a significant portion of her time to the day-to-day operation of the sport in the Australian Capital Territory and beyond.

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Canoe Marathon Community

Volunteers are integral to the fabric of the paddling community, and this National Volunteer Week, Paddle Australia is celebrating those who give their time and energy to the sport.

Marc Brehin is well known within the Canoe Marathon community as someone who selflessly volunteers his time for the betterment of the sport.

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Canoe Slalom’s Cameron Folder

Sport in Australia would not be the same without the volunteers that exist at its centre, and this National Volunteer Week, Paddle Australia is celebrating those who give their time, energy and effort to make our sport possible.

For long-time paddler Cameron Folder, volunteering was the logical step once his children took up the sport.

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#ONETEAM
Five medals for Aussies on day 3 of 2024 Canoe Sprint World Cup and Paracanoe World Championships

The Australian Sprint Kayak and Paracanoe team brought home some extra baggage from the 2024 ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup and Paracanoe World Championships, with five podium performances on the third day of racing.

Olympic gold medalists Tom Green and Jean van der Westhuyzen made their intentions clear, winning gold in the men’s K2 500 final.

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Next generation showcase Canoe Sprint at 2024 Asia Pacific Cup

The Australian Canoe Sprint team put on a dominant display at this year’s Asia Pacific Cup winning an impressive 30 gold medals, 28 silver medals, and 16 bronze medals. With such a strong performance, Australia was titled the 2024 Asia Pacific Sprint Cup champions.

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Sarah Crosbee announced as AIS Thrive with Pride ambassador

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) was proud to announce its new Thrive with Pride ambassadors earlier this month.

Now in its third year, the program will support seven new athletes, including our own Sarah Crosbee, and ten returning ambassadors across 13 sports, all of whom are striving to make sport more inclusive for LGBTIQA+ people.

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#MYPADDLEOZ - PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Sunrise at The Spit. Is there any better way to start the day?

Photo thanks to @learntopaddlenow

Simply share your paddling videos, photos and stories across social media, tagging #MyPaddleOZ and @paddle_australia for the chance to be featured.

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