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2 Sep 2014 Grant focused on the now, and ready to perform
1 Sep 2014 Past Champions back on the Yarra for the Warrandyte Cup
27 Aug 2014 Paddling stops at Quarters for Thompson
26 Aug 2014 Coates targets athletes entourage
25 Aug 2014 Lawrence overcomes setback for tilt at World title
23 Aug 2014 Thompson focused on Slalom
22 Aug 2014 Slalom World Cup season comes to an end
22 Aug 2014 Thompson ready to paddle
21 Aug 2014 Wildwater National Championships
21 Aug 2014 Provisional program for the Slalom Nationals
20 Aug 2014 Want to be the next Jess Fox or Murray Stewart??
15 Aug 2014 Roof Rack City Adelaide Photo Comp - WIN a $300 voucher!
14 Aug 2014 Nominations Open for the 2013-14 Annual Awards
11 Aug 2014 Interested in helping to shape slalom?
4 Aug 2014 2014 AGM Initial Notification
30 Jul 2014 Calendar of National Events 2014-15
14 Jul 2014 Australian Canoeing to partner with SportingDNA for online sport management
2 Jul 2014 2015 Aim for the Stars Scholarship Applications Now Open
20 Jun 2014 National Elite Development Program: Canoe Sprint / Paracanoe
20 Jun 2014 Nominations open for 2015 Canoe Polo Oceania Championships
19 Jun 2014 2014-2016 Canoe Sprint National Pathway Strategy
12 Jun 2014 2015 Marathon Nationals Championships dates announced
2 Jun 2014 2015 Australian Canoe/Kayak Slalom National Championships
28 May 2014 Australian National Wildwater Championships

Grant focused on the now, and ready to perform

Sarah Grant
Ross Solly, Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Sarah Grant has no interest in talking about the 2016 Rio Olympics.

For her they are a long way from now. There are two World Championships between now and then.

On the eve of her sixth World Championships, 28-year-old Grant feels her time might be now. She showed signs on this year’s K1 World Cup circuit that everything was coming together nicely at the right time.

An eighth in London, and a fourth in Augsburg bookended the Victorian’s European summer – her best results since way back in 2010.

“I’m really happy with my result in London and Augsburg, although slightly frustrated I wasn’t clean in Augsburg, but I was disappointed with the races in the middle of the World Cup season,” Grant said this week.

“A combination of factors meant I was not happy with my second, third and fourth World Cup, but I was able to learn a lot from those races that will hopefully make me better prepared for the Worlds.”

It’s that ability to learn and adapt that Grant believes is making her a better paddler in 2014, even better than when she finished sixth in the 2010 World Championships.

“The changes I think are showing through this season are the result of years of working on paddling in a more efficient and consistent way, and having confidence that that style is fast enough,” she said.

“I think I am smarter now with how I train compared to when I was first starting out on the team, and I think that has helped me avoid needing to modify competition routines.

“It’s so easy to think more is better in terms of training, but a lot of people taught me that isn’t the case.

“But I think the biggest change for me has been mentally, and a change in what my focus and goals are when I sit on the start line.”

Now it comes down to putting it all into practise. Grant feels a little nervous, but that’s normal for her – and nowhere near as bad as it used to be.

The big difference this year is she goes into Deep Creek off the back of a strong lead-up race.

“I wouldn’t say it takes the pressure off, but it definitely adds confidence heading into the World Championships,” Grant said.

“I felt like I was able to iron out some issues I had before the World Cup campaign and feel I’m now in a good spot to deliver my best in Deep Creek.

“I think there is going to be a good crowd atmosphere at the race. It’s the biggest event for the year for us so the pressure is on to perform.

“It’s not everyday you get a chance to race for the World title so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Grant joined several of her teammates in Deep Creek for training for a fortnight in July. It gave her a first look, and feel, for a very different course that has lots of little surprises and its fair share of challenges.

“The course is interesting,” she said.

“The whitewater is smaller then a lot of the courses we generally race on, but the water is still quite tricky. The currents move around a lot, so you’ve really got to be aware of what the water is doing around you.

“You can do the same move five times and probably each time you do it, it will be slightly different depending on what the water is doing. I think the course for the race will be tight and tricky and make for some exciting racing.”

The other advantage Grant may have over other competitors in Deep Creek is her focus. Many athletes talk openly about their dreams of Rio 2016, and how it has become all-consuming.

But ask Sarah Grant about her Rio ambitions and you get a very no-nonsense and driven response.

“I haven’t thought as much about Rio as I did about London,” she said.

“All my planning, training and goals have centered on the World Championships this year. There are many things I want to achieve in my career, and Rio is not the only thing on that list.

“Towards the end of next year and into 2016, I’m sure I will spend a lot of time thinking about Rio. But for now, for this year, it’s all about the World Championships.

“Every time I get in the boat to train, it’s with the goal of being faster and better for the Worlds this year.”

It’s the attitude and focus that might just make 2014 Sarah Grant’s World Championship year.

And then, just maybe, she’ll allow herself to think about Rio. Even if it’s only for a little while.

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 Sarah Grant Profile

Past Champions back on the Yarra for the Warrandyte Cup

Former Olympians Rachael Crosby (Fox), Lou Natalie and Mia Stamp (Farrance).
Monday, 1 September 2014

It was back to the future when the Warrandyte Cup was held on a perfect Melbourne Winters day last Sunday. Over 80 past, current and new paddlers turned up for this prestigious event on the Yarra River.

The Womens event  overall was won  by Dita Pahl and Eliza Singleton the Junior section. The mens event saw many past Champions back in action, with Andrew Stamp winning the prestigious Masters section, with Al Anderson winning the Mens overall  and Matthew Haddon the Junior section.

The Canoe events saw past or unretired paddlers Anton King and Ben Patrick win C2 event while Andy Farrance back in  C1 after 20 years taking out this event in excellent time.
 Results of the  WarrandyteCup were: 

  • Under 14 Men - Sam Grant and Robert Janisewski equal .  
  • Under 14 Women - Zoe Lau 
  • Under 18 Men -  Matthew Haddon  
  • Under 18 Womens - Eliza Singleton
  • Under 22 Men - Jack Currie       
  • Womens 22 Men - Krystal Davis
  • Open Mens - Michael Jarman.    
  • Open Womens - Dita Pahl.
  • Masters Men - Andrew  Farrance
  • Unretired Men - Anton King.
  • Unretired Womens - Mia Stamp.
  • Novice Men - James Stamp
  • Novice Womens - Alex King

Apart from the "unretired " paddlers, there was a good number of new and keen slalom paddlers, paddling in there there very first event, and competingn in both kayaks and C2. Next weeks Victorian Schools championships, back on the same venue will be well worth watching as these new paddlers come back for there next event.

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 Full Results

Paddling stops at Quarters for Thompson

Angus Thompson
Frances Cordaro, Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Angus Thompson has missed out on a semifinals berth after a narrow defeat in the K1 Obstacle Slalom at the Youth Olympic Games.

A slalom specialist, Thompson, was disappointed not to progress to the semi-finals tomorrow, after competing in the sudden death quarterfinals, but pleased with his performance overall.

“I am feeling a bit disappointed. It was a big task overcoming the top qualifier but I was happy with my performance. He was good on his run and I was good on my run,” the 17-year-old said.

Advancing to the quarterfinal after finishing fifth in the round of 16, Thompson met Junior World Champion Jakub Grigar of Slovakia, who had finished first in the previous race in a time five seconds faster than Thompson.

“He is a two time junior World Champion, so pretty decent and he would have been one to beat in the finals so I was really trying to avoid versing him,” the Turramurra local said.

In a competition which sees first versus fifth, second versus sixth and so on in the quarterfinals, Thompson was unlucky to come up against his Slovakian mate.

“But I was happy versing him, he is a good mate of mine and so we were laughing a bit.”

Thompson and Grigar contested a head to head race, sliding down a steep ramp, before paddling around buoys in a figure of eight and completing an Eskimo roll at the half way point.

“It is a bit of a blur - sitting on top of the ramp is pretty cool, you have the crowd on the right side and the course looking out in front of you,” the aspiring athlete said.

“At the start, a lot of nerves are going through, you can’t stop thinking about the what if’s. It was fun going down ramp, it is really fast, you hit the water, get a big launch and from then on it is agonising pain.”

Thompson pulled out the big guns and was racing neck to neck with Grigar before entering a holding area, where he had to complete an Eskimo roll.

“I hadn’t practiced [the Eskimo roll] so much. It was a new technique. I went over nicely but I got stuck underneath the water and my paddle did not come up quite nicely, which is probably where I lost a bit of time.”

Finishing just a few seconds behind Grigar, Thompson can be proud of his performance in the K1 Obstacle.

“I got a 1.12 in my very first run, and then a 1.10 in my second run and they were without rolls and then I got a 1.13 just then with the roll. Without the roll I probably would have beaten my other time.”

The St Ignatius College, Riverview student has enjoyed the Youth Olympic Games experience as well as the different sport format for Canoe/Kayak.

“It has been great. I have learnt a lot from this – so much experience coming here. That pressure from the start line – I will take that way.”

Showing true strength of character, Thompson is already planning a come back and hopes to beat his friend and foe next year.

“From here, I will keep on training for Junior Worlds next year. Hopefully I can come up against Jakub in the final and pip him there.”

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Coates targets athletes entourage

AOC, Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The President of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, has embraced the new WADA Code and commenced moves preventing Rio-bound athletes from dealing with coaches, trainers, sports scientists and other support personnel who have violated anti-doping rules.

The new WADA Code does not take effect until January 1st 2015 but Coates has included the "Prohibited Association" clause in documents which all members of the Shadow Team for Rio are obliged to sign.

Coates is working with ASADA and letters have been sent to all National Sporting Federations (NFs) who will identify up to twelve hundred athletes comprising the Shadow Team.

"We totally support the new code and athletes who want to compete in the Australian Olympic Team in Rio need to understand the changes and comply now" Coates said.

Last week Coates advised NFs of the need to be WADA Code compliant by the start of next year, otherwise they risk losing their membership status.

"For a long time now the Olympic Movement has expressed grave concerns about the athlete's entourage, those people who surround the athletes and actively promote and assist in doping. They are a scourge on sport he said. Previously they have been outside the jurisdiction of anti-doping authorities, not any more"

The AOC consent to Shadow Team Membership form says:

"I have not at any time engaged in Prohibited Association as prescribed under Article 2.10 of the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) Code (in effect from 1 January 2015), meaning association in a professional or sport-related capacity with any Athlete Support Personnel who:

(a) is serving a period of Ineligibility; or

(b) has been convicted or found in a criminal, disciplinary or professional proceeding to have engaged in conduct which would have constituted a violation of anti-doping rules; or

(c) is serving as a front or intermediary for an individual described in (a) or (b) above.

"Article 2.10 is simple. It says athletes are forbidden from associating with these people in any professional or sports-related way. They are now off limits, out of the picture totally" Coates said.

Other changes to the WADA Code from January 1 2015 include punishment for athletes caught cheating increasing from a two year ban to four years which would automatically rule them out of the next Olympic Games.


Lawrence overcomes setback for tilt at World title

Ros Lawrence in Augsburg
Ross Solly, Monday, 25 August 2014

On the eve of this years demanding European canoe slalom season, Ros Lawrence fell ill.

For someone who has always demanded so much of her body, it was a bit of a wake-up call. And probably timely.

“I lost quite a few weeks of training, but I rarely take breaks and I think it was my body telling me to rest up for a bit,” Lawrence said.

“It wasn't ideal timing for a break, but I've managed to regain the fitness and strength I lost by training through the World Cups more than I would normally.”

Whether it was the frustration that comes with an elite athlete having an enforced layoff, or that she’d given her body and mind a much-needed refresher, when she did return it was with gusto.

In particular in the C1, where by her own high standards she’d had a pretty disappointing 2013.

“I had a very dissatisfying year in C1 last year, but I've made some big changes that are paying off,” she said.

“Now I switch between the left and right side when I'm paddling. It's like learning to write with the other hand and I haven't fully mastered it yet, but I am becoming much more confident.

“I’m happy that I’ve backed up my performances in C1 over the last three World Cups.”

Backed up indeed. After a 13th in her first World Cup outing of the year, her first race back after illness, 25-year-old Lawrence ran into a purple patch of form.

Fifth in Tacen, a win in Prague, a third in Spain and second in Germany gave Lawrence a fantastic lead-up for next month’s Slalom World Championships in Deep Creek.

While Lawrence will gladly take the strong C1 form, it’s the K1 where she’d really been hoping to make her mark this year.

Most of her training has been K1 focussed, even though in an ideal world she’d much rather just focus on the C1. Which would be fine, if she was happy to give up a chance to go to the Olympics.

“I would prefer to drop K1 and do only C1, but there's this little thing called Rio 2016 that I have in mind,” Lawrence said.

“I've been focusing on K1 more than C1 since 2012, when I finally realised that if I want to get anywhere in this sport (specifically the Olympics) I have to do it in K1.

“The funding in Australia, which I am very grateful for, is weighted towards K1, and to sustain my paddling for another four years I knew that I needed to make achievements in K1 that required a lot more time in my K1 boat.”

Lawrence didn’t make a K1 final on the World Cup circuit this year, but her best result came in the final event of the summer, a 13th in Augsburg, giving her confidence ahead of the World Championships.

There are only a handful of paddlers who contest both the C1 and K1, many preferring to conserve their energies for the Olympic event.

But Lawrence doesn’t believe the C1 is diminishing her performances in the K1. Rather she believes it works in her favour.

“The amount of C1 training I am doing at the moment is complimenting my K1 training,” Lawrence argues.

“It gives me a fresh perspective and keeps me on my toes! During the International races the program works really well for me, so I'm not too tired physically.

“If the program ever changes I might have to rethink whether I will keep doing both classes at all races, but I don't think I will ever stop completely.”

Deep Creek will be Ros Lawrence’s sixth World Championships. Last year in Prague was a definite stand-out for the former U23 World Champion.

She finished fifth in the C1, seventh in the K1, and was also part of Australia’s successful C1 team.

She’s not raced at Deep Creek, but by the time of next month’s World Championships she will have spent plenty of time training on the course.

She’s looking forward to taking on the best Europe has to offer, away from their power base.

“I'm looking forward to competing in Deep Creek, where there won't be a home-course advantage for the Europeans. It will level the playing field,” she said.

“I love the area and felt quite relaxed there during the training camp in July. I am confident I can make the top ten in C1, and hopefully better. I will do my best to take all the right steps and focus on the process, which usually makes the difference for me.”

What Lawrence doesn’t want is a diminished C1 final. She knows the canoeing world, and the IOC, are watching closely developments in the discipline, with an eye to introducing it in Tokyo in 2020.

What C1 doesn’t need is poor quality major races, and heading out of Europe for a World Championships carries that risk.

“I only hope that the regular racers will all have enough support to make it to the worlds,” Lawrence said.

“It's a necessary step forward for our sport to hold the worlds outside of Europe, but I'm worried the first class to suffer will be the C1W due to lack of funding.”

Whatever happens, you can guarantee Lawrence will continue to work hard to get the very best for her sport.

And now she’s had a little break, that should keep her busy for at least the next decade. 


Thompson focused on Slalom

Angus Thompson
Frances Cordaro, Saturday, 23 August 2014

Angus Thompson put in his best effort on Day 7 at the Lake Rowing and Canoeing Venue to finish 16th in the flatwater style K1 Sprint at the Youth Olympic Games.

“I did my best. I wasn’t planning on doing amazing in the sprint and I did as much as I could,” the Sydneysider said.

“I came 16th overall, which I am happy with and I made it through to the repechage. I am more than stoked with that.”

The 17-year-old went head to head with Poland in his first race of the day. Starting in opposite directions, each paddler had to go around a right hand turn first and cut back across to the other side, completing a figure of eight.

“I came up against the Polish guy ( Patryk Grzelka) who just missed out on the Top 8 so it was a pretty tough competition in my first go.”

Thompson finished the first race in just under two minutes and continued to improve throughout the day. In his second race he finished just behind the Alex Brent of Canada.

“He was pretty good and qualified 8th in the last race. He was long gone by the time I finished so it was good to see there is stiff competition out there.”

Despite being a slalom specialist, Thompson felt comfortable racing in the boat.

“I have been nervous previously, about getting in it, especially racing in it but I felt good. I was pretty steady the whole way. I felt like I could go my full potential. I was happy with it.”

Thompson, who finished 16th overall in his non preferred event, is looking forward to taking on those competitors who beat him today.

He can be confident about the taking these competitors on in the Obstacle Event on Day 10 of competition having beat other slalom specialists today.

After a long hot day, Thompson will rest over the next two days.

“This morning was really hot, you could really the heat when you were out on the water. But it has been fun.”

The St Ignatius College, Riverview student has enjoyed the Youth Olympic Games experience as well as the different sport format for Canoe/Kayak.

“It has definitely been a huge experience, especially being in the Youth Olympic Village, you get the difference in competition, which you don’t get anywhere else.”

On Tuesday, Thompson will be cheered on by Olympic silver medallist Jessica Fox, who he trains alongside and also won the gold medal in Canoe/Kayak at the inaugural Youth Olympics in 2010.

Other Links article
 Official website
 Angus Thompson Profile

Slalom World Cup season comes to an end

Rosalyn Lawrence, Mallory Franklin & Katerina Hoskova
Photograph:Balint Vekassy (ICF)
Tom Collings, Friday, 22 August 2014

The fifth and final ICF canoe slalom World Cup was held in Augsburg, Germany last weekend.

Australia added a silver medal to take their World Cup tally to six thanks to a great piece paddling by Rosalyn Lawrence.

Lawrence won her third consecutive C1W medal of the series to finish second in the ICF World Cup standings behind Katerina Hoskova of the Czech Republic.

Lawrence improved on her semifinal run by more than 10 seconds but her time of 120.75 was no match for British paddler Mallory Franklin who won the C1W gold in 114.73.

Victorian Sarah Grant produced the best performance of her career to finish fourth in the K1W final.

The 28 year old narrowly missed out on a place on the podium by 0.16 seconds to Czech paddler Karolina Galuskova.

German Ricarda Funk used her home course advantage to win her second World Cup of the series in 104.52.

For Grant the result moved her to seventh in the ICF World Cup standings. A great reward for what has been a consistent series after posting four top 20 finishes.

Lawrence narrowly missed out on joining Grant in the final finishing 13th in the semifinal.

Fellow Australian Alison Borrows made her K1W World Cup debut finishing 44th. The Penrith paddler also featured in the C1W event finishing 18th.

Despite missing the final World Cup Jessica Fox finished ninth in the K1W rankings.

Lucien Delfour was the best of the Australian men finishing 18th in the K1M semifinal. Coincidentally that is also where he finished on the ICF rankings. Not a bad result considering he didn’t compete at the second World Cup.

Fellow Australians Jaxon Merritt and Will Forsythe failed to advance to the semifinals finishing 43rd and 52nd respectively.

Ian Borrows was the only Australian to advance to the C1M semifinal finishing a respectable 21st.

With the top 30 advancing to the semi Christian Fabris was the unlucky paddler finishing 31st in the heat.

Western Australian Robin Jeffery finished 35th.

Jeffery also contested the C2M alongside Ethan Hodson. The pair finished 17th in the semifinal.

The team will now turn their attention to preparing for the ICF World Championships which will be held at Deep Creek, USA from the 17-21 September.

Please follow the links below for full results.

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 ICF World Cup Standings
 Canoe ICF Wrap up

Thompson ready to paddle

Angus Thompson
Frances Cordaro, Friday, 22 August 2014

Angus Thompson is ready to hit the water and paddle when the Kayak competition gets underway on Saturday at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

“I am ready to compete. I am feeling alright mentally and physically. I want to get out there and start,” the 17-year-old said.

Thompson, who arrived in Nanjing over a week ago, discussed with his coach how to manage his preparation while living in the Village.

“My coach and I went through a plan as to what we were going to do during the week. We started off with some heavy sessions and then we died down to easier sessions, more technical stuff. We have also fit in some CEP programs and seen some rugby.”

Tomorrow, Thompson competes in the K1 Sprint, completing a figure of eight while racing head to head against his opponent.

“I am in a long unbalanced boat that goes really fast, which is not my natural event, but we all have to do it,” the St Ignatius College Riverview student said.

“You both start in opposite ways and go around a right hand turn first and cut back across and come back to the other side. Both athletes cross in the middle and it is head to head sprint.”

There are 18 paddlers in the competition with the top 16 advancing through. The top eight go straight to the semi-finals while the remaining eight go to the repechage, of which only six progress further.

“It is a big cut off from semis to finals. There are just four people in the final,” the Turramurra local he said.

On Day 10, Thompson will contest the Obstacle Slalom also in the K1. The competition has the same qualifying system as the Sprint and is also head to head.

“You start on a platform and you go down a ramp. Then you zigzag through eight buoys, four on each side, up and back and the finish line is where you started,” he said.

Also included is an Eskimo roll, which Thompsons admits he hadn’t done for a while before arriving in Nanjing.

“I am ok at them.”

Of the 17 other paddlers in the competition, Thompson sees the Slovaks, the Slovenians, the Chinese and the British as his main competitors.

“I am looking to beat the Slovenian and Slovak. They were at the Junior Worlds this year and I am hoping to beat them. I am heading into the race with some good chances.”

Thompson will be cheered on by Olympic silver medallist Jessica Fox, who he trains alongside and who also won the gold medal in Canoe/Kayak at the inaugural Youth Olympics in 2010.

The Canoe/Kayak Head to Head sprint starts at 9am at the Nanjing Rowing-Canoeing School on Day 7 of competition and runs for two days. The Obstacle Slalom commences on Day 10, also lasting for two days.

Other Links article
 Official website
 Angust Thompson Profile

Wildwater National Championships

Madeline Batters racing in Lofer
Thursday, 21 August 2014

The national Wildwater Championships is to be held this October from the 11th to the 13th on the Mersey River in Tasmania and a further race will be held at Brady's Lake Wildwater course on the 15th.

So come on Wildwater Paddlers get yourself to beautiful Tasmania for a fun filled week of great paddling on some of Australia's premier Wildwater rivers.

The competition will include 3 sprint races and 2 classic races plus sprint and classic team events (3 Paddlers racing down the river together) so why not get your State based teams organised for some effective team races in conjunction with the individual events.

For Slalom Paddlers the Sprint races are a great cross over form of competition and for the marathon paddlers with the endurance who want to delve into wildwater the classic races are well suited.

This series of events will also act as selection events for the Australian National Senior team to contest World Wildwater Sprint Championships in Vienna Austria in June 2015 in conjunction with 2 World Cup Sprint and 2 World Cup Classic races in Austria and neighbouring Slovenia.

The National Junior team and for the first time an Under 23 Australian team will be selected from these championships to compete at World Wildwater Junior and Under 23 Championships in North Carolina, USA.

If you are thinking of nominating then check out the full selection policy that is soon to be released on the website. In summary however a national team to contest a World Wildwater championships in either senior, Junior or Under 23 can consist of a maximum of 4 men's K1, 4 woman's K1, 4 men's C1, 4 woman's C1 and 4 men's C2. Historically Australian teams have been mainly represented by men's and woman's K1 paddlers.

A brief summary of the selection policy is that paddlers must be less than a certain percentage of the fastest open men's K1 paddler in the event contested. There are 4 selection events and paddlers must be within the percentages in at least 3 of the races and then those successful athletes are ranked accordingly.

A summary of the percentages is as follows:

  • Open men's K1 111%
  • Under 23 men's K1 114%
  • Junior men's K1 119%
  • Open woman's K1 123%
  • Under 23 woman's K1 126%
  • Junior woman's K1 135%

These percentages have been based on years of gathering the performances of athletes of these different categories and age groups compared to the top overseas open K1 men on various European race courses that have also been paddles by Junior paddlers.

The Wildwater Technical Committee therefore encourages paddlers to nominate for Australian selection as these international tours are a rich and rewarding experience offering great paddling and great cultural experiences in wonderful alpine areas around the world. It is also a great opportunity to forge lifelong friendships with many overseas competitors as can be attested by many current and former Australian representatives.

If you have not paddled the Mersey river before then do not worry as many paddlers will be there training in the week leading up to competition and many senior paddlers would be only too happy to assist new comers by leading them down the course and providing the optimum lines.

Hoping to see you all down in Tasmania.

National Wildwater Technical Committee


Provisional program for the Slalom Nationals

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Nationals are being held this January in Victoria

Provisional Schedule for 2015 Slalom Nationals​

Canoeing Victoria will be offering camping at the Outdoor Education Group site next to the slalom race course.

Bookings will be on a first-come, first-served basis – There will be more information on how to book at a later date. The costs are:

Number of People in Family Camping Fees per night 2015









5 or more



Want to be the next Jess Fox or Murray Stewart??

Lauren Fitzsimons, Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Canoe Kayak is involved in the 2014 AIS Sports Draft and we're looking for new athletes from other sports to come and try your hand at Slalom or Sprint paddling.

The AIS Sports Draft is part of the Australia's Winning Edge high performance strategy.

It provides fast-track development opportunities in Olympic or Commonwealth Games sports to outstanding athletes who are interested in transferring from other sports.

Following the success of last year's Sports Draft, the focus this year is on speed, power and agility and will see the inclusion of the inaugural Para-sports Draft, which is a joint initiative with the APC.

For both our Sprint and Slalom intake, the AIS is looking for athletes aged between 15 - 23 who are physically fit, highly motivated, demonstrate outstanding character and have a strong desire to represent Australia at the highest level.

Athletes with an affinity for water sports, good muscle sense and a background in a fast-paced, dynamic or power-based sport are ideal candidates for the 2014 AIS Sports Draft for sprint canoe/kayak.

Previous paddling experience is not necessary but athletes with a background in non-Olympic paddle sports (such as surf life saving, stand-up paddleboarding and dragon boating) and athletes with a background in swimming are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you have the above attributes, love a challenge and are looking for a new adventure, the AIS wants to hear from you! requirements will be considered for further state-based screening sessions.

Follow the link below for more specific details on the skills required for Canoe Slalom or Sprint paddling opportunities.

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 Canoe Kayak Sports Draft
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Roof Rack City Adelaide Photo Comp - WIN a $300 voucher!

Australian Canoeing, Friday, 15 August 2014

Do you love canoeing and enjoy photography? Did you coincidentally take a hilarious photo of someone while they were paddling? Roof Rack City Adelaide have kindly donated a $300 voucher as a prize for our photo competition that could be yours!

Entered photos will be displayed on the AC Facebook page. Make sure you like the AC Facebook page so you can see all the entries!

The winner will be announced at the Australian Canoeing awards dinner on the 2nd of November.

Check out the Roof Rack City Adelaide website and make a wishlist of what you would choose if you won!

To enter, you can either upload your paddling photo to the AC Facebook page, or tag an instagram photo with the hastag #CanoePhotoComp or email your photo to along with your name and phone number. Please make sure your photo a minumum of 1024 pixels on the longest side.

Entries close on Thursday the 15 September.

Australian Canoeing and Roof Rack City Adelaide reserve the right to use entered photographs future promotions online and in print.

Postage may not be included in the prize, depending on items selected.

Read the full terms and conditions by following the link below.


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Nominations Open for the 2013-14 Annual Awards

Sam Lyons, Thursday, 14 August 2014

Do you know somebody who deserves recognition for their contribution to canoeing? Nominations close 26th September.

Awards will be presented for 2014, covering the nomination period 1st July 2013– 31st August 2014. The awards dinner will take place on the 25th October 2014. Nominations close on 26th September 2014.

To nominate somebody, follow the link at the bottom of this page.

Note: Olympic means the disciplines of canoe sprint and canoe slalom.  Non-Olympic means any paddle sports under the auspices of Australian Canoeing, not represented at the Olympics, including canoe sprint and canoe slalom non-Olympic events.

Nomination Categories:

Canoeist of the Year - Olympic

Any paddler competing in open competition at any level during the nomination period in the disciplines of slalom or sprint.

Canoeist of the Year - Non-Olympic

Any paddler competing in open competition at any level during the nomination period in non-Olympic paddlesports or events.

Junior Canoeist of the Year – Olympic

Any paddler competing in junior competition at any level, and between 15 and 18 years (inclusive) as at 31st December in the year of nomination in the disciplines of slalom or sprint.

Junior Canoeist of the Year – Non-Olympic

Any paddler competing in junior competition at any level, and between 15 and 18 years (inclusive) as at 31st December in the year of nomination in non-Olympic events.

Paracanoeist of the Year

Any paracanoe paddler competing in junior or open competition at any level during the nomination period

Master Canoeist of the Year

Any paddler competing in masters’ competition at any level during the nomination period

Coach of the Year

Any coach, either paid or unpaid, whose athlete(s) as individuals, as an individual team or as a team of individual competitors, achieve outstanding results whilst competing at the highest level in competition at open or junior level during the nomination period.

Team of the Year

Any paddlers competing in open or junior competition as a boat combination or team of paddlers competing in the same event or class at any level during the nomination period.

Service to Canoeing

Recognises the efforts of non-professional sports administration personnel, officials, referees, instructors and so on who are active in the fields of secretarial support, finance, sports training and education, project or team management, and Association or club development.

The Olegas Truchanas Canoeing Award

This award is for an activity which best exemplifies the spirit of Olegas Truchanas

People’s Choice Award

This award is voted online via Facebook or using the nomination form below and the athlete with the most votes, win the award

Technical Official of the Year

Awarded to an individual who has achieved outstanding results in officiating at an international and/or national and/or state level. Someone who gives up their free time to assist canoeing competitions.

Instructor and Guide of the Year

This award is presented to an individual who has achieved outstanding service in instructing or guiding at a national and/or state level. The recipient is someone who follows the AC Safety Guidelines and demonstrates professionalism through their instruction.


Interested in helping to shape slalom?

Sam Lyons, Monday, 11 August 2014

If you would like to make a difference to slalom, you should express your interest in joining the Slalom Technical Committee

The Slalom Technical Committee is responsible for the planning and development of slalom within Australia.

The Committee meets a couple of times a year and the time commitment is not overwhleming.

We would be particularly keen to fill the role of Athlete Representative, so if you have competed within the last 2-3 years and have an opinion on how to improve the sport, please consider applying.

If you would like to join the Committee then please click the button and fill out the expression of interest form: 


Expressions of Interest close 9th September


2014 AGM Initial Notification

Sam Lyons, Monday, 4 August 2014

The 2014 Australian Canoeing Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 25 October 2014.

The event will be held at the ‘Centenary Rooms’, 2nd Floor NSWIS Building, 6B Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park, commencing at 9.30 a.m. sharp.


Calendar of National Events 2014-15

Sam Lyons, Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The dates of all Australian Canoeing events for 2014-15 (excluding freestyle which will be added shortly)

Day Date Discipline Regatta Venue
Saturday 11-Oct-14 Wildwater National Championships  TASMANIA
Sunday 12-Oct-14 Wildwater National Championships  TASMANIA
Monday 13-Oct-14 Wildwater National Championships  TASMANIA
Tuesday 14-Oct-14 Wildwater National Championships  TASMANIA
Wednesday 15-Oct-14 Wildwater National Championships  TASMANIA
Friday 5-Dec-14 Sprint Grand Prix 1  West Lakes, SA
Saturday 6-Dec-14 Sprint Grand Prix 1  West Lakes, SA
Sunday 7-Dec-14 Sprint Grand Prix 1  West Lakes, SA
Friday 2-Jan-15 Slalom National Schools Whitewater (provisional) Eildon, Victoria
Saturday 3-Jan-15 Slalom National Schools Whitewater (provisional) Eildon, Victoria
Sunday 4-Jan-15 Slalom National Schools Whitewater (provisional) Eildon, Victoria
Monday 5-Jan-15 Slalom National Schools Whitewater (provisional) Eildon, Victoria
Tuesday 6-Jan-15 Slalom National Schools Whitewater (provisional) Eildon, Victoria
Wednesday 7-Jan-15 Slalom National Schools Whitewater (provisional) Eildon, Victoria
Thursday 8-Jan-15 Slalom National Slalom Championships (provisional) Eildon, Victoria
Friday 9-Jan-15 Slalom National Slalom Championships (provisional) Eildon, Victoria
Saturday 10-Jan-15 Slalom National Slalom Championships (provisional) Eildon, Victoria
Sunday 11-Jan-15 Slalom National Slalom Championships (provisional) Eildon, Victoria
Friday 13-Feb-15 Slalom Australian Open Penrith Whitewater Stadium, NSW
Saturday 14-Feb-15 Slalom Australian Open Penrith Whitewater Stadium, NSW
Sunday 15-Feb-15 Slalom Australian Open Penrith Whitewater Stadium, NSW
Friday 20-Feb-15 Sprint Grand Prix 2 SIRC, NSW
Saturday 21-Feb-15 Sprint Grand Prix 2 SIRC, NSW
Sunday 22-Feb-15 Sprint Grand Prix 2 SIRC, NSW
Wednesday 11-Mar-15 Sprint National Championships SIRC, NSW
Thursday 12-Mar-15 Sprint National Championships SIRC, NSW
Friday 13-Mar-15 Sprint National Championships SIRC, NSW
Saturday 14-Mar-15 Sprint National Championships SIRC, NSW
Sunday 15-Mar-15 Sprint National Championships SIRC, NSW
Friday 3-Apr-15 Marathon National & Oceania Championships Canberra ACT
Saturday 4-Apr-15 Marathon National & Oceania Championships Canberra ACT
Sunday 5-Apr-15 Marathon National & Oceania Championships Canberra ACT
Thursday 9-Apr-15 Canoe Polo National & Oceania Championships (incorporating Oceania Championships) Nagambie VIC
Friday 10-Apr-15 Canoe Polo National & Oceania Championships ) Nagambie VIC
Saturday 11-Apr-15 Canoe Polo National & Oceania Championships  Nagambie VIC
Sunday 12-Apr-15 Canoe Polo National & Oceania Championships Nagambie VIC

Australian Canoeing to partner with SportingDNA for online sport management

Sam Lyons, Monday, 14 July 2014

Australian Canoeing is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with SportingDNA in provision of online sport management.

SportingDNA will help Australian Canoeing to further improve the services that Australian Canoeing provides to its State Asscociations, Clubs and Members.

Australian Canoeing Executive Officer Greg Doyle says that the new partnership will help them to better engage and administer its members.

"As a national organisation, we want to make sure that the whole of our sport can stayed informed and be involved. SportingDNA will enable us to achieve this goal whilst also helping to streamline the administration process"

The timeline for release of the new system is:

  • 8th September - No further website or membership updates to the current system 
  • September - Release 1 of SportingDNA
  • 30th September - Current membership system closed
  • December - Release 2 of SportingDNA

If you are a website administrator or are interested in this project please email if you would like to recieve more information. You can also sign up for email updates by subscibing in the form below:

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2015 Aim for the Stars Scholarship Applications Now Open

Sam Lyons, Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation inspires and empowers girls and women to achieve their goals.

This support includes funding to help them realise their dreams in sporting, academic, community or cultural pursuits. If you, or someone you know needs help to enable them to invest in their future and fulfil their potential then they should apply for a Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation Scholarship from today (July 1, 2014)

Applications close November 14, 2014, and can be completed online at Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation to eligible applicants who best demonstrate their aspirations and need.


Females, 12 years of age and above; and
Females who have initiative and passion and are committed to achieving a dream in their field of choice.
Aim for the Stars National Scholarships will be broken down into five State groups:

  • Queensland
  • New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory
  • South Australia/Northern Territory
  • Victoria/Tasmania
  • Western Australia The Foundation will endeavor to award at least 3 x Scholarships per region.


Successful applicants will receive a financial grant in accordance with the following amounts and conditions:

  • $4,000 - 'Individual' Scholarship, 1 person 12 years and above
  • $6,000 - 'Group' Scholarship, 2 or more people 12 years and above

Scholarship recipients both in their scholarship year and beyond, will be asked to assist us to be Australia's leading Foundation that inspires and empowers girls and women to achieve their goals. Recipients will have responsibilities and may be asked to contribute to the Aim for the Stars Foundation by way of photos, interviews and stories about their quest to reach their goals.

Website and online applications:



National Elite Development Program: Canoe Sprint / Paracanoe

Melissa Hopwood, Friday, 20 June 2014

Apply now!

The Australian Canoeing (AC) National Elite Development Program (NEDP) is one of the major initiatives underpinning the AC National Pathway Strategy.

The objective of the NEDP is to create and support environments which encourage emerging athletes to reach their full potential, prepare for international competition, and contribute toward AC’s Winning Edge targets.

In 2014/2015, the Canoe Sprint NEDP will operate under a revised format involving two separate components:

  1. NEDP State Development Squads
  2. NEDP Regional Development Centres

The program will also be expanded to support emerging paracanoe athletes through integrated training programs.

For more information on the revised NEDP Framework, please view the document “NEDP Overview: Canoe Sprint/Paracanoe”.


NEDP State Development Squads: Canoe Sprint/Paracanoe

NEDP State Development Squads aim to provide regular training and educational opportunities to the top ranked junior and, where relevant, emerging senior athletes, in the canoe sprint and paracanoe disciplines. Selected athletes will receive high quality coaching and development experiences, including interaction with national team coaches and performance support staff. NEDP State Development Squads will expose athletes to high performance practice environments and behaviours in order to accelerate development and prepare for transition to more advanced stages of the athlete pathway.

NEDP State Development Squads will operate on a state-based mini-camps framework. In 2014/2015 a shortened pilot program involving four mini-camps of one day duration will be held for each squad.

For more information on the NEDP State Development Squads, please view the document “NEDP State Development Squads: Canoe Sprint/Paracanoe”.

Expressions of interest for NEDP State Development Squad Head Coach and Assistant Coach Roles are now open. To submit an expression of interest for an NEDP State Development Squad coaching position please complete the online application form for coaches. Expressions of interest will close July 6, 2014.

Athlete applications for selection to NEDP State Development Squads are also now open. To nominate for selection, please complete the online application form for athletes. Athlete applications will close July 6, 2014.


NEDP Regional Development Centres: Canoe Sprint/Paracanoe

NEDP Regional Development Centres aim to recognise and support training centres that provide outstanding coaching, equipment, facilities, and training opportunities suitable for pre-elite athletes pursuing a high performance pathway in the canoe sprint and paracanoe disciplines.

Regional Development Centres will receive both financial and in-kind support from AC to ensure the ongoing provision of a high quality daily training environment and to encourage continuous improvement in program delivery and athlete performance in these centres.

For more information on the NEDP Regional Development Centres, please view the document “NEDP Regional Development Centres: Canoe Sprint/Paracanoe”.

Further details regarding the application and accreditation process for NEDP Regional Development Centres will be provided in the coming weeks.

For enquiries and more information please contact



Other Links
 NEDP Overview: Canoe Sprint/Paracanoe
 NEDP State Development Squads: Canoe Sprint/Paracanoe
 NEDP Regional Development Centres: Canoe Sprint/Paracanoe
 Submit an expression of interest to be an NEDP State Development Squad Coach or Assistant Coach
 Submit an athlete application for an NEDP State Development Squad
 Australian Canoeing National Pathway Strategy: Canoe Sprint 2014-2016

Nominations open for 2015 Canoe Polo Oceania Championships

Sam Lyons, Friday, 20 June 2014

The 2015 Oceania Canoe Polo Championships will be held at Nagambie Lakes in Victoria from the 9th to 11th April and you can now nominate for selection as an athlete or express your interest in being a team official

The 2015 Oceania Championships will be a great opportunity to experience world class competition in Australia.

Nominations close 24th October 2014 for athletes and 1st February 2015 for Team Officials

Nominate as an athlete

Nominate as an official


2014-2016 Canoe Sprint National Pathway Strategy

Melissa Hopwood, Thursday, 19 June 2014

Australian Canoeing (AC) is pleased to announce the 2014-2016 National Pathway Strategy for Canoe Sprint.

Australia has experienced outstanding international success in the canoe sprint discipline, winning a medal at every Olympic Games since 1980. In order to ensure we continue to experience international success into the future, AC must create and support high quality sustainable pathways for athletes and coaches, with a clear, evidence-based methodology for how we identify and develop talent.

Five major initiatives underpin the Canoe Sprint National Pathway Strategy for the short-term period until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games:

1. National Elite Development Program

2. Surf Life Saving Australia Next Wave Partnership

3. Australian Institute of Sport Sports Draft

4. National Coaching Curriculum Update

5. Coach Connect Coach Mentoring Program

To find out more about each of these initiatives, please follow the link below to view the 2014-2016 National Pathway Strategy for Canoe Sprint.

Updates and more detailed information regarding pathway activities will be announced as they become available.

For enquiries and more information please contact Australian Canoeing National Pathway Manager, Melissa Hopwood at


Other Links
 View the 2014-2016 National Pathway Strategy for Canoe Sprint

2015 Marathon Nationals Championships dates announced

Sam Lyons, Thursday, 12 June 2014

The 2015 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships, incorporating the 2015 Oceania Canoe Marathon Championships will be held in Canberra over the period 3 to 5 April 2015.


2015 Australian Canoe/Kayak Slalom National Championships

Sam Lyons, Monday, 2 June 2014

The Australian Canoe/Kayak Slalom National Championships will be held on the Goulburn River at Eildon, Victoria, from 2 January 2015 - 11 January 2015.

This is a great opportunity for the Victorian paddling community, and will require a coordinated effort to ensure that the event is well planned and run.

An information evening for the National Championships is intended for Tuesday 17 June at 7:00pm. Paddlers, parents, and supporters are in all invited to attend the information evening, which will detail how individuals can get involved in the event. The date, time and venue will be confirmed in the next few days.

The draft program for the National Championships is:

02-Jan-14    Manager and Athlete briefings/allocated training
03-Jan-14    Schools Rapid Sprints (TBC)/Schools slalom course setting.
04-Jan-14    Day 1 Australian Schools Championships
05-Jan-14    Day 2 Australian Schools Championships
06-Jan-14    Australian Schools Down River am.
07-Jan-14    Pre-Australian Slalom National Championships event
08-Jan-14    Rest Day/manager and athlete briefings/allocated training/ set course
09-Jan-14    Day 1 Australian Slalom National Championships
10-Jan-14    Day 2 Australian Slalom National Championships, incl. team events/set Finals course
11-Jan-14    Day 3 Australian Slalom National Championships - Event finals and presentations

Australian National Wildwater Championships

Sam Lyons, Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Australian National Wildwater Championships will be held this year in Tasmania in October 2014.

The planned schedule is:

  • Friday 10/10/14 - Training on The Mersey
  • Saturday 11/10/14 - National Sprint Championships on the Mersey Short Course in the morning followed by a Sprint selection race on the normal Mersey Sprint Course in the afternoon.
  • Sunday 12/10/14 - National Classic Championship on the Upper Mersey course in the morning followed by a Classic Teams race in the afternoon.
  • Monday 13/10/14 - National Teams Sprint race on the Mersey normal Sprint Course in the morning followed by a classic on the lower Mersey to the Dam in the afternoon which will act as a selection race for the Juniors in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday 14/10/14 - Travel to Brady's Lake and training on the course.
  • Wednesday 15/10/14 - Selection Sprint race on Brady's for senior paddlers. Non selection event for Junior paddlers.

Also stay around for Saturday the 18/10/14 and compete in the Lea Exteme Creeking race which is Australia's premier extreme creek boat race where teams of 2 paddle down this exciting section of grade 3 and 4 whitewater.

Please note that these championships will act as selection events for the 2015 senior World Championships and World Cup events in Europe and as selection events for the 2015 Junior World Championships in the USA.