JUNE 2024 EDITION
 

With Tokyo 2020 just three years ago, Paris 2024 has come around quicker than usual and I find myself excited to already be writing my last CEO Blog before the Olympic action begins. Given that the writing of ‘my last CEO Blog before the Olympics’ normally only happens every four years (this time three years), I hope you will indulge me if I focus a little on what is the key event for our sport every four years. 

With less than a month to go until Paris 2024, June has seen several outstanding results and major announcements in the lead up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

After months of hard work, Noemie Fox delivered a performance for the ages at ICF World Cup 2 in Prague to secure Australia an Olympic quota spot in the Kayak Cross and secure her place in the Australian Olympic Team in Paris. Noemie executed her game plan perfectly to win the silver medal. Paddle Australia extends its sincerest congratulations to Noemie who is set to join Jess, Tristan, and Tim in France next month for the Games.

The following weekend saw Jess Fox make history at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 3 in Krakow, becoming the first paddler to ever win three gold medals in one World Cup weekend. Jess won the C1, K1 and Kayak Cross events to secure the golden weekend, also earning herself her 50th and 51st World Cup Gold medal in the process. 

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
Noemie Fox earns Olympic quota for Australia in Kayak Cross

Noemie Fox delivered a fairytale finish at the ICF World Cup 2 in Prague to earn Australia an Olympic quota spot in the Kayak Cross and all but sure up her place in the Australian Olympic Team in Paris.

In back to back racing on the final day of competition, Fox competed in five races before staging a stunning come from behind performance in the final to take the silver medal.

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History making weekend for Jess Fox in final event before Paris Olympics

Jess Fox made history earlier this month winning her third gold medal of the weekend in the Kayak Cross event at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 3 in Krakow, the first paddler in history to do so.

After winning both the Canoe and Kayak events earlier in the weekend, Fox collected her 50th individual World Cup gold medal. 

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Paddle Australia presents 2024/25 National Events Calendar

Paddle Australia is pleased to present the National Events Calendar for the 2024/25 paddling season.

Doubling as the Australian Ocean Racing Championships, the 2024 Vaikobi 14 Beaches Ocean Race will kick start the season in August before various national and international events follow over the summer months.

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Brendan Purcell appointed incoming National Performance Director

Paddle Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Brendan Purcell to the role of National Performance Director, to commence following the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

As the National Performance Director, Brendan will be the primary lead of Paddle Australia’s High Performance Program which purposefully supports Australian athletes to become the world’s best paddlers and people.

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AROUND THE AUSTRALIAN WATERWAYS

Riverland Paddling Marathon a success on the Murray River

Marathon paddlers from around the nation converged on the Murray River this month for South Australia’s premier long distance event, the Riverland Paddling Marathon (RPM).

Run by the Marathon Canoe Club over the King’s Birthday long weekend every year in June, the RPM has become a staple event on the marathon calendar since its inception in 1988.

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Inaugural Battle of the Paddlesports takes place in WA

Paddle Western Australia recently held the inaugural Battle of the Paddlesports with Rowing WA at their Guildford to Garratt regatta, with more than 50 paddlers setting out to prove paddle was faster than oar.

Despite weather intervening, there was a great turnout and the event had a fantastic vibe for competitors and spectators along with a healthy dose of friendly banter.

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Sea Leadership Program making waves in South Australia

Paddle SA Education is currently conducting a Sea Leadership Program. Training has involved on water sessions on strokes, rescues, towing, rolling and emergency response in a variety of sea environments. Off water sessions included hazard and risk management, equipment trends, trip planning, the structure of the Paddle Australia Qualification Scheme and exploring online resources.

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All States Slalom Camp a success

It was so great to see an enthusiastic bunch of slalom paddlers from NSW and Victoria back at Penrith Whitewater Stadium for the All States Camp over the June long weekend after the course being closed due to algae issues.

Luckily for them, the green light for water quality was given the week before the event! Sadly, the last minute course opening saw our friends from Tassie and WA (and the other states) unable to attend.

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Share your stories with us!

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MEMBER UPDATES
Entries now open for Vaikobi 14 Beaches Ocean Race and Australian Ocean Racing Championships

Entries are now open for the Vaikobi 14 Beaches Ocean Race/Australian Ocean Racing Championships.

The Paddle Australia Canoe Ocean Racing Championships will not only crown the 2024 national champions but will also serve as the selection event for the 2024 Paddle Australia Canoe Ocean Racing Team to represent Paddle Australia at the 2024 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships in Portugal this October.

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DISCIPLINE UPDATES
Michael Leverett: An icon of the Marathon discipline

The Canoe Marathon discipline is integral to the fabric of both the Australian and international paddling community.

For long-time paddler Michael Leverett, the discipline of Marathon has been one of his life’s greatest passions, and one he fell into almost by chance.

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New Canoe Slalom Pathways Coach launches in Tasmania

Tasmania is continuing to establish itself as a high performance hub in Canoe Slalom after the first paid state coach in Australia was appointed in the southern state.

Co-funded by Paddle Australia, Paddle Tasmania, Tasmanian Institute of Sport and Derwent Canoe Club, the new and specialised role of Canoe Slalom Coach Tasmania is already contributing to the strength of the community.

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SUP promoting health and happiness within paddling community

A much loved paddling discipline, SUP provides individuals with a unique format in which to engage with the sport.

The decision to pick up a paddle was a spontaneous one for Pollyanna Darling, who after three separate spinal injuries, was determined to combat her chronic pain.

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#ONETEAM
Olympian Alyce Wood announced retirement

Olympic kayaker Alyce Wood has announced she will retire from elite paddling following the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Growing up on the Sunshine Coast, Alyce aspired to be an ironwoman, and when she was 15 turned to kayaking to improve her surf ski paddling, and fell in love with the sport.

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Jess Fox wins 50th World Cup gold medal in Krakow

Olympian Jess Fox put forward a dominant display at the ICF World Cup 3 in Krakow, winning her 50th World Cup gold medal on the second day of competition. 

After winning both her initial heat and the semi-final, Fox delivered yet again in the final, finishing ahead of the rest of the field by more than three seconds despite a two second penalty.

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#MYPADDLEOZ - PHOTO OF THE MONTH
What a great time of year to paddle on Lake Leslie near Warwick in the Southern Downs region of Queensland!

Photo thanks to @globalpaddlerhq

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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