|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||Slalom World Cup season concludes in Germany this weekend|
|14 Aug 2014||Nominations Open for the 2013-14 Annual Awards|
|13 Aug 2014||Thompson embarks on Youth Olympic journey|
|12 Aug 2014||Paracanoe trio to contest Outrigger Sprint Champs this week|
|11 Aug 2014||Sprint World Championships conclude in Moscow|
|11 Aug 2014||Warrandyte Cup will be held on 31st August|
|11 Aug 2014||Interested in helping to shape slalom?|
|10 Aug 2014||No Taming Lachlan and Wallace as Australia celebrate Gold and Silver|
|9 Aug 2014||Reynolds wins bronze on debut as Australia look ahead to more finals|
|9 Aug 2014||New Pairing make shock debut at Worlds|
|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|
Slalom World Cup season comes to an end
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.
Thompson ready to paddle
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.
Wildwater National Championships
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:
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
Nationals are being held this January in Victoria
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:
Want to be the next Jess Fox or Murray Stewart??
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.
Roof Rack City Adelaide Photo Comp - WIN a $300 voucher!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Slalom World Cup season concludes in Germany this weekend
The fifth and final ICF canoe slalom World Cup will be held in Augsburg, Germany from the 15 to 17 August.
The event will provide the last chance for Australian athletes to measure themselves against their international rivals ahead of the ICF canoe slalom World Championship in the USA next month.
So far in the series Australia have won five medals (3 gold, 2 bronze). They will face a difficult task of adding to that tally with a strong field of 279 competitors from 41 nations set to compete.
The qualification runs (heats) for all five disciplines will be contested on the opening day with racing to get underway from 5pm AEST.
The C1M will be up first.
So far in the series Penrith canoeist Ian Borrows has been the standout amongst the Australian men. He is currently ranked 11th in the ICF World Cup standings on 94 points.
Borrows will be looking to end his season with a strong performance to propel himself up into the top ten rankings.
Western Australian Robin Jeffery produced his best result of the series last start finishing 19th in Spain. He has a history of performing well in Augsburg and will be looking to conclude the series on a strong note.
Melbourne Canoe Club paddler Christian Fabris will be looking to advance to the semifinals for the just the second time with his best result this year a 19th placing in Slovenia.
The Australian trio face a tough task to match it with the Slovakian trio of Michal Martikan, Matej Benus and Alexander Slafkovsky after they produced a trifecta at World Cup 4.
Martikan, who currently sits atop the rankings and reigning champion Slafkovsky in particular will be the men to beat.
Expect the home crowd favourites to produce a strong set of results with 2013 ICF series winner Sideris Tasiadis and fellow countryman Jan Benzien at the forefront of the German attack.
Jeffery will also partner Ethan Hodson in the C2M event. The pair equalled their career best C2 performance (13th) last start in Spain which was coincidentally set in Augsburg last year.
The pair will be looking to break into the top 12 at a World Cup together for the first time.
Slovakian cousins Ladislav and Peter Skantar are the red-hot favourites to win their fourth straight gold medal of the series.
With Jessica Fox representing Australia has an Ambassador at the Youth Olympic Games, Rosalyn Lawrence will lead the Australian charge in the C1W event.
The 25 year old has featured on the podium at the last two World Cups which included victory in Prague.
Lawrence is currently ranked third in the ICF World Cup standings, 27 points behind Fox.
With Fox not competing Lawrence is a chance to win her third C1W ICF World Cup series crown.
Standing in her way will be 2011 world champion Katarina Hoskova of the Czech Republic.
Lawrence currently trails Hoskova by 23 points but with 60 up for grabs for the win it is anyone’s competition.
Alison Borrows will be the other Australian in action. The 21 year old will be looking to improve on her ninth placing last year.
Both Lawrence and Borrows will contest the K1W event alongside Victorian Sarah Grant.
For Borrows it will be the first time she has contested K1W at a World Cup.
Grant (12th) and Lawrence (23rd) will both be looking to move up the rankings.
German Jasmin Schornberg will be hard to beat on her home course, while three-time World Cup champion Corinna Kuhnle of Austria, Slovenian Ursa Kragelj and Slovakian Jana Dukatova will be in the mix.
Fresh from a fifth place finish in La Seu d’Urgell, Lucien Delfour will be amongst the frontrunners in the K1M event.
In 2013 Delfour reached three of the five World Cup finals but only managed to finish 16th in Augsburg and will be hoping to improve on that result this year.
U23 athlete Jaxon Merritt will look to improve on the back of a 31st placing in Spain, in the final World Cup ahead of the World Championships next month.
The German’s will be very tough to beat with Hannes Aigner (1st), Sebastian Schubert (3rd) and Alexander Grimm (5th) all ranked in the top five.
Please follow the links below for more information.
K1M World Cup Standings
K1W World Cup Standings
C1M World Cup Standings
C1W World Cup Standings
C2M World Cup Standings
Nominations Open for the 2013-14 Annual Awards
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.
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.
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.
Thompson embarks on Youth Olympic journey
Penrith kayaker Angus Thompson departed Australia headed for China today where he will be representing Australia at the Youth Olympic Games.
Nanjing will host a foray of young international stars from the 16-28 August.
Yesterday Thompson spent the day at the ‘Champ camp’ in Sydney. The day featured seminars about how to conduct yourself in the media, anti-doping and ASADA information, and an active/aspire session which focused on team values and culture.
The day also provided Thompson with the chance to meet the other 88 athletes who will represent Australia across 23 sports.
The highlight however was being kitted in the official Australian uniform.
“It was a really cool experience, the uniform is very cool,” Thompson said.
The 17 year old has been busy preparing for the event under the guidance of Coach Myriam Fox.
“My preparation has been really good. My Coach has high hopes for me and I am confident of performing well,” he said.
“I am physically prepared and looking forward to the challenge.”
Thompson is aiming to reach the semifinals.
“I do not really know who I am competing against so I do not have a specific goal, but I think I want to make it to the semifinals.”
Canoe/Kayak will be one of the last events to be contested from the 23-27 August.
“I do not mind that. It gives me a chance to train and familiarise myself with the course and adjust to the climate,” Thompson said.
The Junior Worlds finalist follows in the footsteps of fellow Penrith Valley paddler Jessica Fox who represented Australia at the YOG in 2010.
Please follow the links below for more information.
Paracanoe trio to contest Outrigger Sprint Champs this week
Curtis McGrath, Kara Kennedy and Susan Seipel (pictured) will contest the Vaa Outrigger Sprint Championships in Brazil this week.
The competition will be held at Lagos Rodrigo de Freitas in Rio de Janeiro from 12 to 17 August.
The venue itself is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. It has previously hosted the Pan-American Games and will host the Olympic and Paralympic flatwater events in 2016.
More than 2000 athletes will feature with the McGrath, Kennedy and Seipel looking to build on their success from the ICF Canoe sprint World Championships over the weekend.
The best way of following the event is through the official social media outlets:
Results will be published here when available.
Sprint World Championships conclude in Moscow
The ICF canoe sprint World Championships came to a close overnight following five days of racing in Moscow.
Unfortunately Australia was unable to add to their medal haul of 5 (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) on the final day.
After a simply heroic display of paddling on Saturday winning two medals, Ken Wallace proved he was human finishing ninth in the men’s K1 500 A final.
In the same event he won gold in at the Beijing Olympic Games Wallace said he simply ran out of energy having paddled 9km prior to the final.
“That was a very tough 500 metre final. I woke up this morning feeling as though I had the speed there but I just didn’t have the legs,” Wallace said.
“At the start of the race I got out pretty well but as soon as the running speed came into it I just didn’t have the power there. I think yesterday may have taken a bit more out of me than I thought.”
NSWIS pair Jo Brigden-Jones and Naomi Flood fought off a head wind and racing from an outside lane to finish a respectable seventh in the women’s K2 500 A final.
They recorded a time of 1:42.887 to finish 2.952 seconds behind Hungarian pairing Gabriella Szabo and Tamara Csipes who won the gold in 1:39.935.
“We raced really well the whole regatta so to finish on that note as our best race I am stoked with that,” Flood said.
With Rio just two years away the selection process for the 2016 Olympic Games will commence next year and the Australian pairing are excited about their potential for improvement.
“We are very excited about it, we are a fresh crew as we have only had a couple of months training together so we are already talking a little bit about next year and it gets exciting so see that there is so many areas of improvement for us,” Brigden-Jones said.
They have already identified one key area for improvement.
“We had a great start and finish but that middle just shows that we need a bit more work so I guess that will turn into our strategy over the next 12 months to really to build that middle section of our race to match the other crews,” Brigden-Jones said.
Brigden-Jones also featured in the K1 200 B final finishing sixth in a time of 40.845.
The Olympic gold medal K4 1000 crew of Tate Smith, David Smith, Murray Stewart and Jacob Clear reverted back to their regular seats to win the B final in 2:52.442.
After overcoming the disappointment of missing out on an A final berth for the first time the Australian’s showed tremendous determination to record a world class time.
“To back up after the race that we had and to produce one of the fastest times we have done in those conditions in flat a 52 we are pretty happy with that,” Tate Smith said.
“It is a good way to finish and we still got tenth in the world so it is nothing to be ashamed of but the standards we set ourselves to win and then to not make the final it is very disappointing.”
Stewart feels that he and his teammates have learned from their mistakes and has a positive outlook looking ahead to next year.
“It was hard to pick ourselves up but we definitely learned from the mistakes we made and went back to our original combination,” Stewart said.
“I think we will be right back in it next year, we actually had a really good season and we had a World Cup win which was a first for us following a really good preparation in Szolnok.”
Western Australia Alana Nicholls put aside an injury riddled 2014 to finish 10th in the women’s K1 500 event after winning her B final.
Her time of 1:52.935 would have placed her seventh in the A final.
Nicholls has noticed that the top girls are now going faster over the first 250 metres and changed her race plan in the final.
“For me today I just wanted to go out and execute my race plan. I tried a few different things as I thought it was a good opportunity as I am at full taper just to see what would happen and things worked out pretty well for me,” Nicholls said.
“I was really looking for that finish line in the last 50 metres but I put everything into it and I am happy to come away with the win.”
Fellow Western Australian’s Steve Bird and Jesse Phillips set a new PB to finish fourth in the K2 200 B final.
The London Olympic pairing finished half a second behind Spanish pair Carlos Arevalo and Cristian Toro who recorded the fastest time of 31.225.
“I cannot ask for more than that really, a nice 0.3 PB so if you were to give me that two weeks ago I would have grabbed that with a lot of encouragement,” Bird said.
The boys were proud of their performance and are excited about the potential for improvement heading into next year.
“If things keep progressing the way they are it is going to be a real hard fight like it was this time, but we believe in our prospects and we believe we can go better than we are going at the moment”, Phillips said.
Future prospects Jordan Wood (19) and Michael Booth (23) demonstrated their enormous potential finishing second in the K2 500 B final.
The Australian crew took it out hard and fast in the first 250 metres to lead the field but run out of gas with 100 metres to go.
Wood thought ‘it was a great race.’
“That B Final was a killer, in the heat and semi we had not been getting out too good and we just knew we really had to put it out there and just hope we hold on,” Wood said.
Booth said that he and Wood have gone from strength to strength in the latter part of the year.
‘I think we improved by ten seconds from our first time trial a few weeks ago which is obviously a huge improvement. We are just taking each step as it comes,” Booth said.
The Currumbin Creek paddler paid tribute to the impact Coach Anders Gustafsson has had on him this season.
“Anders has been really good for me this year sitting in the team boats and basically gave me that opportunity to learn and adapt to different people and it has been a really good year for me,”
The men’s and women’s K1 200 relays concluded the event with the Australian teams eliminated in the heats.
Warrandyte Cup will be held on 31st August
Great First Event for those competing at the Victorian Schools Championships. Fantastic Welcome back event for all paddlers coming out of retirement. Th ere will be trophies for first, second and third.
The Warrandyte Yarra Series Race will be run as normal with all age classes and certificates for each age group and class.
The Warrandyte cup will be determined on a points system with the best two out of three events determining your score for the day. Th ere will be a novice class and un-retired class, as well as trophies awarded in U14, U 18, U23 , Open and Masters +
Free entry for all new and all old paddlers coming back to have a paddle. We extend a warm welcome to fi rst time new paddlers: and a welcome back slalom for paddlers of the past.
Boats available for loan to those who need a boat.
Warrandyte Cup Entry $5, Race Entry $15
Free practice on the Course Saturday August 30, 2014 from 3pm
Yarra Series Race and Warrandtye Cup August 31, 2014 Registration until 9am
Interested in helping to shape slalom?
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:
No Taming Lachlan and Wallace as Australia celebrate Gold and Silver
The fourth day of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships has been a memorable one for Australia with Ken Wallace winning K1 gold and sharing a K2 silver with Lachlan Tame.
13 is meant to be an unlucky number but not for Wallace who saved the best for last on day four winning gold in the K1 5000 final.
At his 13th World Championships Wallace defended his 2013 title in what was a gruelling affair.
Four paddlers, Wallace, German Max Hoff, Frenchman Cyrille Carre and Marko Tomicevic of Serbia tussled for the lead before Wallace made a winning move attacking at the start of the last lap and powered home in the closing stages.
The Currumbin Creek star won in 20:12.981 to finish 1.023 seconds ahead of Hoff with Frenchman Carre half a second further back in third.
“It means a lot to me, it is a very tough race,” Wallace said.
The victory makes it seven out the last eight international K1 5000 races that Wallace has won.
The victory followed a superb display of team boat paddling alongside Lachlan Tame with the pair winning silver in the K2 1000 final.
The Australian’s powered out of the start gates to lead the field through the first 250 metres. They continued to work hard through the middle 500 but were overtaken by Slovakia before holding off Serbia to win the silver medal.
The Australians finished 0.853 seconds behind the Slovakian pairing of Erik Vlcek and Juraj Tarr who won the gold in 3:08.784.
The victory was especially special for Tame in what was his first A final at a World Championships.
"It wasn't our most comfy race, but I just wanted to get real angry out there, and I did," an exhausted Tame said.
"I died really well in the last 150, I think I nearly blacked out and fell in, but we got second and that's awesome.”
Wallace knew they could do something special even before the final.
"After the heat and the semi, it almost made us a little nervous that we thought we might go alright at this," Wallace said.
"All we had to do was do what we did in the heat, and do what we did in the semi, and we'd go alright."
As for the future, with Rio just two years away?
"A bit of training and who knows what could happen," Wallace said.
Murray Stewart produced one of Australia’s fastest ever K1 1000 times and a new PB to finish a respectable fifth in the coveted K1 1000 final.
The 28 year old got off to a typically strong start to lead the field through the half way mark before tiring and Czech giant Josef Dostal made his move to produce an emphatic victory from lane nine.
Stewart finished 1.862 seconds behind Dostal who clinched the gold in 3:25.092. Bulgarian Miroslav Kirchev and Rene Holten Poulsen of Denmark filled the minor placings.
In the other finals Bernadette Wallace finished 26th in the women’s K1 5000. Her final placing was far from a true reflection of how she performed today.
Wallace put herself in a great position early on to be in contention for a medal before coming unstuck.
“I had rudder jammed up in my boat. I have seen it happen to other people before but today is my day,” Wallace said.
“I am still very happy with how the race went and I could not have put myself in a better position to medal today.”
Wallace also featured in the K4 500 B final alongside Cat McArthur, Alyce Burnett and Jaime Roberts finishing fourth.
Unfortunately Australia will not feature in any 200 metre A finals on Sunday.
Tame gave it his all in his K1 200 semifinal. However following just a 90 minute recovery period following the K2 1000 final he did incredibly well to finish seventh.
Two boats will feature in B finals after Jo Brigden-Jones finished fourth in her K1 200 semifinal and Western Australia duo Jesse Phillips and Steve Bird finished fourth in their K2 200 semifinal.
Both boats finished less than a second off securing an A final berth.
The final day of the World Championships will commence at 2:30pm AEST. Four Australian boats will be in the running for medals.
Sunday Schedule (AEST):
Reynolds wins bronze on debut as Australia look ahead to more finals
Day three of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships concluded in Moscow overnight with Victorian Amanda Reynolds providing the highlight winning bronze.
On her World Championships debut the paracanoe paddler won bronze in the LTA K1 200 final.
Reynolds fought a neck and neck battle with Mihaela Lulea for the bronze medal and through sheer determination she managed to hold off the Romanian by 0.137 seconds.
“It was great. We had a nice little tail wind but I could not have expected better,” Reynolds said.
It was a simply remarkable performance by the Sherbrooke paddler who has only spent 12 months training and competing in paracanoe.
Reynolds believes she has moved a step closer towards her dream of competing in Rio and believes she has more improvement to come.
“We have only got the new boat a couple of weeks before we left and we only used it a couple of weeks for training so I think once I get better with the boat and more use to it hopefully the times will start rolling down again,” Reynolds said.
Arms only paracanoeist Colin Sieders improved on his seventh placing last year to finish sixth in the K1 (A) 200 final.
The Penrith Valley paddler finished 4.358 seconds behind Hungarian Andras Rozbora who won the gold medal in 49.375.
Ian Marsden of Great Britain took home the silver ahead of Russian Igor Korobeynikov.
Sieders time of 53.733 was a new PB and he was happy with his performance.
“Last year we came seventh and I didn’t want to go backwards and I wanted to make sure I am progressing towards Rio and sixth is a good start to that,” Sieders said.
Sieders believes he still has plenty of improvement in him and is looking forward to a big year next year.
“It is the qualifier to get into to Rio so we really need to step up in the next 12 months to make sure we are definitely in the top six but ideally in the top four or five.”
Fresh off the back of her V1 200 A silver medal on Wednesday Queensland paddler Kara Kennedy stepped up a class to finish sixth in the V1 200 TA final.
Kennedy finished seven seconds behind British paddler Emma Wiggs who took home the gold in 1:00.358.
“It was a good strong solid race and I was very happy with how I handled the race from start to finish so I ended on a good note,” Kennedy said.
Brock Ingram was the last of the Australian paracanoe athletes to feature on Friday winning the men’s K1 200 LTA B final in 41.997.
In the able bodied events NSWIS pairing Naomi Flood and Jo Brigden-Jones had a dream start to their K2 500 partnership by progressing through to Sunday’s final.
The Australian pairing recorded a time of 1:41.521 to finish third in their semifinal 1.30 seconds behind British pair Lani Belcher and Rachel Cawthorn.
“We are really pumped. It was great to have a good semi. It was bloody hard out there but we did what we had to do and we progressed from the heat this morning so happy with the result. We are pretty pumped,” Flood said.
Having now reached their goal of making the A final the girls plan to take it to a host of European crews in the final.
“We still have plenty of things to work on and we are looking forward to the A final, we are in the mix, we are in the hunt, we will be in one of the outside lanes but will take it to the Euros and see how we go,” Flood said.
Brigden-Jones later secured a place in the K1 200 semifinals after finishing fifth in her heat.
Ken Wallace will also feature in an A final on Sunday after he won his K1 500 semifinal on Friday.
In the event he won gold in at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Wallace showed he still has it going within a whisker of setting a new PB.
Wallace struggled in the warm up but once the gun was fired he went into race mode and secured a comfortable semifinal victory.
“I had a really good start and it went on from there. I didn’t really see the rest of the field to the very end but a 1:36.0 is nothing to sneeze about so I am pretty happy,” Wallace said.
After a solid start with a second place finish in their heat the Olympic K4 1000 crew of David Smith, Tate Smith, Murray Stewart and Jacob Clear surprisingly missed out on a place in the A final after finishing fifth in their semifinal.
Their time of 2:54.490 saw them finish 1.828 seconds behind Portugal who won their semifinal ahead of crews from Serbia and Slovakia.
Stewart will look to bounce back in the K1 1000 final on Saturday.
Western Australian Alana Nicholls narrowly missed out on a place in the women’s K1 500 A final after finishing fourth in her semifinal.
The Bayswater paddler finished 3.511 seconds behind German Franziska Weber who won the second semifinal in 1:46.709.
Nicholls will contest the B final on Sunday.
Fresh off the back of an impressive U23 World Championships Jordan Wood and Michael Booth will benefit from competing at senior worlds after securing a place in the K2 500 B final.
The Australian pair recorded a time of 1:31.879 to finish fifth in their semifinal.
The men’s 200 metre heats concluded a busy day of racing for the Australians with Lachlan Tame in the K1 and Jesse Phillips and Steve Bird in the K2 progressing to their respective semifinals.
Saturday Schedule (AEST):
New Pairing make shock debut at Worlds
A pair of paddlers brought together just weeks ago on a hunch head our medal chances on the first day of able-bodied finals at the Canoeing World Championships in Moscow.
Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame, competing in their first major International competition together, blitzed a world class field in atrocious conditions on Thursday to qualify fastest for Saturday's K2 1000 final.
Wallace, at his 13th World Championships, and Tame, at his second, showed they meant business when they breezed through their morning heat, and then backed up that form by demolishing European powerhouses Slovakia and France in their semi-final.
And Sydney's Murray Stewart announced himself as a strong medal prospect in his individual event, even though he had to rely on other results to get through to Saturday's final of the K1 1000.
Stewart finished a close third in his semi-final, and with only the top two automatically qualifying, he had to rely on being the next fastest boat. His time, though, turned out to be fourth fastest of all the qualifiers.
“It was a bit stressful I guess, it’s not really how you want to do it, you want to make it easy for yourself,” a relieved Stewart said.
“I’ve just got to refocus now and go back to my usual race plan for the final. It’s not the way I would have liked to get into the final, but there’s nothing in it so I’m still pretty confident.”
Australian Canoeing has high hopes for the Wallace/Tame combination, a boat put together on a strong hunch they could match the world’s best.
Tame is Australia's premiere 200 metre sprinter, while Wallace is one the world's most powerful finishers.
"To get a cracking time this morning and knock off the guys who got second last year, and then race two crews now who are awesome and got medals at Europeans is a good start," Tame said.
"But everyone turns up for the finals so we've got to pull something better out."
Making their second ever major International race even more daunting was the atrocious conditions, with buffeting winds and driving rain.
"It was very challenging for us, as a new crew, to get a cross wind like that blow up in the last 10 minutes, it was quite scary really," Tame said.
"Especially for a little fellah hanging in the back with him (Wallace)."
Wallace, the Beijing Olympic and multiple world championship gold medalist, is excited by the boat’s potential.
“Things are looking pretty good I think,” he said.
“We wouldn’t have a clue (how good we could be) because every race is a new experience for us.”
Wallace will have a chance for a second gold medal on Saturday when he defends his 5000 metre title.
Wallace first won the longest race on the World Championship program, a non-Olympic event, in 2010, and then collected the gold again last year.
His younger sister, Bernadette, will compete in the women’s 5000 metre final.
2014 AGM Initial Notification
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
The dates of all Australian Canoeing events for 2014-15 (excluding freestyle which will be added shortly)
Australian Canoeing to partner with SportingDNA for online sport management
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:
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2015 Aim for the Stars Scholarship Applications Now Open
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 www.aimforthestars.com.au. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation to eligible applicants who best demonstrate their aspirations and need.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
Females, 12 years of age and above; and
WHAT THE SCHOLARSHIP INVOLVES
Successful applicants will receive a financial grant in accordance with the following amounts and conditions:
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: www.aimforthestars.com.au
National Elite Development Program: Canoe Sprint / Paracanoe
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:
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.
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Nominations open for 2015 Canoe Polo Oceania Championships
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
2014-2016 Canoe Sprint National Pathway Strategy
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 email@example.com.
2015 Marathon Nationals Championships dates announced
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
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:
Australian National Wildwater Championships
The Australian National Wildwater Championships will be held this year in Tasmania in October 2014.
The planned schedule is:
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.