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Date Article
17 Sep 2014 Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe State Development Squad Annoucements
17 Sep 2014 Delfour has revenge on his mind
17 Sep 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships Preview
16 Sep 2014 Olympic Hopes wrap up
15 Sep 2014 Jeffery & Hodson to attack C2 at Deep Creek
11 Sep 2014 Two weeks to Marathon World Championships
11 Sep 2014 Olympic Hopes 2014
10 Sep 2014 Entries open for 2015 Wildwater Nationals and Selection Races
8 Sep 2014 Olympic Hopes team prepare for Piestany Regatta
6 Sep 2014 Nominations open for 2015 Australian Wildwater Team
1 Sep 2014 Past Champions back on the Yarra for the Warrandyte Cup
15 Aug 2014 Roof Rack City Adelaide Photo Comp - WIN a $300 voucher!
21 Aug 2014 Wildwater National Championships
21 Aug 2014 Provisional program for the Slalom Nationals
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
 

Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe State Development Squad Annoucements


Siarn O'Neill - Queensland State Development Squad
Photograph:Rob Van Bommel
Melissa Hopwood, Wednesday, 17 September 2014

AC are happy to announce athletes and coaches selected for the 2014/2015 Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe State Development Squads.

The State Development Squad initiative recognises and supports the country's top emerging athletes in the sprint and paracanoe disciplines.

Selected athletes will receive high quality coaching and development experiences, including interaction with national team coaches and performance support staff.  Athletes will be exposed to high performance practice environments and behaviours in order to accelerate development and prepare for transition to more advanced stages of the athlete pathway.

State Development Squads will operate on a state-based mini-camps framework, with one-day camps held every two months. Each mini-camp will involve on- and off-water testing protocols to monitor progression, specialist strength and conditioning sessions, technique and team boat training, as well as "Personal Best" athlete education sessions covering a range of topics such as psychology, nutrition, and drug and alcohol awareness.

This initiative simultaneously supports those leading our athletes, with State Development Squad coaches invited to participate in a range of opportunties to enhance their own expertise and effectiveness.

The first State Development Squad mini-camps will be held around the country in October.

For enquiries regarding the State Development Squads, please contact Australian Canoeing National Pathway Manager, Melissa Hopwood, at melissa.hopwood@canoe.org.au.

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Delfour has revenge on his mind


Lucien Delfour
Photograph:AC
Ross Solly, Wednesday, 17 September 2014

12 months ago Lucien Delfour wondered whether it was all worth it.

He wasn’t a broken man, but he was pretty close to it.

“The end of last season was an incredibly tough time for me,” Delfour says.

“I had finally reached a really high level, consistently being amongst the fastest men, and it was all down the drain, in a blink on an eye.”

It was the heartbreak story for the Australian team at last year’s World Championships in Prague.

Delfour had sizzled his way down the tricky Prague course in the heats, backing up the speed he’d been showing in a string of World Cup top ten finishes throughout the European summer.

But in the semi-final he was ruled to have missed a gate. Delfour was devastated, and incredulous. Even now, 12 months on, the 25-year-old refuses to accept it happened.

“Not being given the chance to fight for the podium was hard,” Delfour said.

“At least I know I made the top 10, but we are reviewed based on our performance at the main event, and on paper, mine was bad.”

Delfour was inconsolable at the time. And angry, believing he’d been cheated out of a final and, possibly, a first World Championship medal.

He put his boat in the shed, sat down, and thought about his future. For a while he even thought about leaving his boat there, collecting cobwebs, forever.

Aside from the major disappointment , my comeback was bleak and

unsure,” Delfour revealed this week.

“I lost all the remaining faith I had in the ICF (International Canoe Federation), who once again showed that we, athletes, are not entitled to fair judging and fair racing, and I was struggling to convince myself that it's all still worth the effort.”

But then the Papeete-born paddler snapped out of it, put the kayak back in the water, and knuckled down to hard training.

It cleared his mind and focused his attention to revenge this year.

By his own admission, 2014 has not been as good so far as 2013.

“The world cups have been disappointing for sure,” he said.

“I was expecting to jump on the podium again, but when I flew to Europe I knew I was lacking some good race preparation.

“On the bright side, I did well in Spain. No podium unfortunately, but it was my best final so far in terms of paddling quality and level of competition, even though I had just switched to a new boat design four days before the race.”

But Delfour believes he’s ready to make his mark this week. Like the rest of the Australian team, he’s excited to be racing the world’s best on a course outside Europe.

He thinks it levels the playing field, taking the strong Europeans out of their comfort zone and onto a course everyone agrees is challenging.

“Deep Creek has to be the weirdest course I have paddled on,” Delfour said.

“So little, yet so much frustration! I wouldn't say it suits me particularly well, however, I'm glad I'm not heavy.

“It took me a while but I'm starting to understand how the course works and I'm still finding little tricks to go faster.”

He knows he’ll have to be at his very best if he wants to make this year’s final. The quality of competitor continues to improve.

“The standard of K1M racing is incredibly high and it just keeps

rising,” he said.

“There are quite a few young paddlers in finals, and it seems like those around 30 years old (or more) are struggling to keep

up.

“These days you can give nothing but your best if you want to win or

get on the podium.”

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ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships Preview


Jessica Fox
Tom Collings, Wednesday, 17 September 2014

More than 200 athletes from 42 nations will contest the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Deep Creek, USA this week from 17 to 21 September.

It will be the first time in 25 years since the USA has hosted the pinnacle canoe slalom event on the ICF calendar.

Australian Squad: Jessica Fox (NSW), Sarah Grant (VIC), Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW), Alison Borrows (NSW), Lucien Delfour (NSW), William Forsythe (NSW), Jaxon Merritt (VIC), Ian Borrows (NSW), Christian Fabris (VIC), Robin Jeffery (WA) and Ethan Hodson (NSW).

Racing will commence on Thursday from 9am local time (11pm AEST).

The C1M, C1W and K1M heats will feature on the opening day.

Jessica Fox will enter the C1W event looking to defend her World title from 2013.

The 20 year old has had a consistent season recording World Cup victories in Tacen and La Seu d’Urgell, as well as taking out the U23 World Championship on her home course in Penrith.

Fox and the bulk of the Australian squad have spent the lead in training at the venue.

“It is quite an interesting course, the features are kind of inconsistent, there is lots of boily water but also some of really fast sections, some good waves and features as well,” Fox said.

Fellow Australian Rosalyn Lawrence will be one of her main challengers alongside 2013 runner up Mallory Franklin of Great Britain and World Cup series champion Katerina Hoskova of the Czech Republic.

Lawrence enters the World Championships on the back on an impressive World Cup series which saw her medal at the each of the final three events, which included gold in Prague.

The third of the Australians in action will be Penrith Valley canoeist Alison Borrows.

Borrows celebrated her 22nd birthday yesterday and will be hoping to push the top contenders this weekend.

Fox and Lawrence will also double up in the K1W event on Saturday. The NSWIS pair will be joined by Victorian Sarah Grant in the Olympic discipline.

Grant enters the event full of confidence after producing a career best fourth place finish at the final World Cup in Augsburg last month which moved Grant up to seventh overall in the ICF World Cup standing.

Fox, who is ranked 3rd on the ICF K1 women's ranking, is expecting the competition to be tough.

“It is the world championships and everyone has been preparing for this event,” Fox said.

“It is the main event of the year and I think that the British, the Czechs, the Germans, obviously the Australian girls are quite strong and the Slovakian team. I think the Americans as well so I think there will be a lot of tough competitors out there.”

Some of those athletes to watch out for include London Olympic and reigning World Champion Emilie Fer of France, World Cup series winner Corinna Kuhnle of Austria, Slovakian Jana Dukatova, and German duo Jasmin Schornberg and Ricarda Funk.

In the men’s events Lucien Delfour appears Australia’s best chance of featuring on the K1 podium.

The 25 year old has had an average year by his lofty standards and will be looking to cap off 2014 on a high.

Like Fox, Delfour has spent the lead in training at the venue. After initially finding in tough he feels he is finally understanding how the course works.

“Deep Creek has to be the weirdest course I have paddled on,” Delfour said.

“So little, yet so much frustration! I wouldn't say it suits me particularly well, however, I'm glad I'm not heavy.

“It took me a while but I'm starting to understand how the course works and I'm still finding little tricks to go faster.”

He will be joined by fellow New South Welshman William Forsythe and Victorian Jaxon Merritt to fly the Australian flag.

On his day Forsythe is capable of matching it with the very best which was highlighted by his sixth place finish at the second World Cup in Tacen earlier in the year.

American pairing Fabien Lefevre and Michal Smolen will be determined to put on a show for their home crowd and will join a strong European contingent lead by reigning champion Vavrinec Hradilek.

Fellow Czech Jiri Prskavec, German pair Fabian Doerfler and Sebastian Schubert, Mateusz Polaczyk of Poland and Samuel Hernanz of Spain cap off an incredibly strong K1M field.

53 athletes will contest the C1M event which kicks off the program on Thursday.

British paddler David Florence will have his work cut out as his looks to defend his title with World Cup champion Michal Martikan in red hot form.

The two-time Olympic champion edged Florence to claim the recent World Cup series title.

Slovakia could be potentially be in the frame to produce a clean sweep of the medals with Martikan being joined by fellow countrymen Matej Benus and Alexander Slafkovsky.

Ian Borrows and Christian Fabris will represent Australia.

Borrows was a pillar of consistency on the World Cup circuit this year finishing no lower than 25th with a season high 12th coming at the second World Cup in Tacen.

The only question mark hovering over the 24 year old is whether he can break into the top ten and he will be hoping to achieve that feat at Deep Creek this weekend.

Fabris’ season best result also came in Tacen finishing 19th.

After missing out on C1 selection Robin Jeffery will focus on the C2 this weekend alongside Ethan Hodson.

The Australian pair enter the World Championships ranked 26th in the world.

With little separating the top C2 crews in the world. Jeffery believes the key will be to execute clean fast runs.

“C2 is so competitive at the moment. In Augsburg, just to qualify for the semis, everyone was within five seconds of the winners,” Jeffery said.

Unlike the other Australian competitors, Jeffery and Hodson chose to remain in Europe ahead of this event.

“Ethan (Hodson) and I just felt we needed to keep working with Nick (Smith, their coach), even when we were given the opportunity to go,” Jeffery said.

“We decided to stay in Europe because we thought we could do more technically away from the course. Our raw speed at the last World Cup in Augsburg was really good and really competitive with the top guys, so that was really pleasing.”

The Australian pairing and the remainder of the C2M field will have their work cut out for them if they want to stop Slovakian cousins Peter and Ladislav Skantar who won gold at four of the five World Cups this year.

Defending world champions David Florence and Richard Hounslow, top seeds Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche of France, three-time Olympic champions Pavol and Peter Hochschorner of Slovakia and Slovenian pairing Luka Bozic and Saso Taljat appear the crews most likely to fight for the medals.

Racing will commence on Thursday from 9am local time. (11pm AEST). Please follow the links below for more information. 

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Olympic Hopes wrap up


Jayde Bagnall at Nationals earlier in the year
Photograph:Sportscene
Tom Collings, Tuesday, 16 September 2014

32 Australian teenagers contested the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Piestany, Slovakia on the weekend.

650 athletes from 27 nations participated in the three day event which is targeted at providing the world’s best 14 to 17 year old sprint paddlers a chance to race at an international competition.

Although the Australian team was unable to win a medal there was an array of impressive displays that would have impressed the touring coaches.

The 1000 metre events were contested on the opening day of racing on Friday with three Australian boats advancing to the finals.

Ivanhoe Northcote Canoe Club paddler Oliver James was a clear standout finishing fourth in the U16 K1 1000 final.

James recorded a time of 3:29.028 to miss out on a medal by less than second.

Western Australian teenager Luke Morton was equally impressive finishing ninth in the U15 K1 1000 final.

The Bayswater product finished 14.349 seconds behind German Jacob Schopf who won in 3:30.790.

Queensland pair Caitlin Burt-Polai (Kawana Waters) and Siarn O’Neill (Sunshine Coast) combined to finish eighth in the women’s U15/16 K2 1000 final.

The Australian pair recorded a time of 3:58.288 to trail Serbia by just over 11 seconds. The Eastern Europeans won the gold in 3:46.371.

On Saturday a further three boats qualified for the 500 metre finals.

Burt-Polai and O’Neill continued their excellent combination to finish seventh in the U15/16 K2 500 final.

The pair finished 5.714 seconds behind Serbian duo Ivana Janic and Bilijana Relic who claimed the victory in 1:45.581.

Australia continued to match it with the bigger European nations in the womens events with Emma Jager and Sonia Ryan finishing ninth in the U17 K2 500 final.

The West Lakes pair recorded a PB of 1:57.863.

The performance of the day however belonged to Jayde Bagnall (Paddle NSW) who finished sixth in the U16 K1 500 final.

The National U16 champion finished 5.117 seconds behind Hungarian Noemi Pupp who took home the gold in 1:56.203.

The women continued to lead the Australian charge on Sunday with two paddlers progressing to K1 200 finals.

Bayswater kayaker Yale Steinpreis entered the U17 K1 200 final full of confidence after cruising through the heats and securing an impressive victory in her semifinal.

The 16 year old carried that form into the final finishing a respectable seventh to be the highest placed non-European in the field.

Steinpreis finished 2.780 seconds behind Hungarian Szabina Piller who won in 40.488.

Bayswater athletes continued their impressive weekend with 14 year old Monique Carbone finishing eighth in the U15 K1 200 final.

The talented Western Australian recorded a new PB of 43.699 to trail race winner Lisa-Maria Gamsjager of Hungary by less than three seconds.

Despite failing to reach the final there were several other notable performance across the three days of racing.

With team boats being a central focus in training leading into the event.  The K4 mens and womens crews caught the eye.

Carbone, Erin Blanch (Currumbin Creek), Brittany Munro (Sydney Northern Beaches) and Sophie Pope (West Lakes) finished fifth in the K4 500 semifinals.

While the K4 1000 mens crew of James, Morton, Anthony Carbone (Bayswater) and Shaun Osborn (Paddle NSW) went within 0.2 seconds of a place in the final finishing fourth in their semifinal.

Osborn also featured with twin brother, Daniel Osborn, to finish fourth in their U17 K2 1000 semifinal.

Other notable performances included fourth place semifinal placings for U16 K1 200 duo O’Neill and Ruby Backen (West Lakes).

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Jeffery & Hodson to attack C2 at Deep Creek


Robin Jeffery & Ethan Hodson
Photograph:Balint Vekassy (ICF)
Ross Solly, Monday, 15 September 2014

Robin Jeffery and Ethan Hodson have done a lot of work leading up to the World Slalom Championships, but Jeffery says there is another element that has made them a better C2 combination in 2014.

They’ve become even closer friends away from the water.

Not that they weren’t good friends before. It’s just when you spend as much time together as these two have, well, it could go one of two ways.

“It’s been three months in the same room as each other,” Jeffery laughed.

“We’ve seen more of each other than we have of our girlfriends! It’s a good test of a friendship to be hanging out together this long. We’re still having fun, still having a laugh, so it’s really good.

“It’s been challenging at times, but we’re starting to build that paddling relationship, not just the friendship we have off the water.”

It may just be the edge the Australians need in Deep Creek this week. Stories of fractious relationships between C2 members is the stuff of legends within paddling circles, so to have a boat in harmony is a big advantage.

Adding to the intrigue is the tightness of the International C2 competition. It will make this year’s World Championships one of the most open in recent history.

“C2 is so competitive at the moment. In Augsburg, just to qualify for the semis, everyone was within five seconds of the winners,” Jeffery said.

“If you touch gates, you’re in trouble. So we were pretty stoked to sneak through.”

Jeffery and Hodson were given the opportunity to travel to the US with other Australian team members to train at Deep Creek, but decided to stay in Europe.

It’s meant having to familiarise themselves with the course via the internet, but both paddlers believe they achieved more benefit from staying put.

“Ethan and I just felt we needed to keep working with Nick (Smith, their coach), even when we were given the opportunity to go,” Jeffery said.

“We decided to stay in Europe because we thought we could do more technically away from the course. Our raw speed at the last World Cup in Augsburg was really good and really competitive with the top guys, so that was really pleasing.

“We’ve just been working on tidying things up now so we can give a good showing. We’re working to attack the course, rather than being a little bit cautious.

“I think last year, when we had our first season racing, we felt rather cautious at times. So it’s really exciting to be going all guns blazing.”

While C2 will be the focus at Deep Creek, both Jeffery and Hodson harbor ambitions to also qualify for the C1 for Rio in 2016.

Both were hoping to qualify for this year’s World Championships, but came up short.

“At the start of the year I was hoping to be competing in C1 at the World Championships, so I’m obviously disappointed about that,” Jeffery said.

“It didn’t come off for me in those first couple of World Cups, where I was attempting to qualify. We’ve committed to both. Ethan’s got his aspirations in C1 as well, and we’re working as a team to help each other in the C2 and the C1.”

There’s no talk of dropping one discipline to focus on the other. Even though the different events involve different skills and a different approach, Jeffery believes competing in the C1 helps his C2 performance.

“I really enjoy it. It’s good fun,” he said.

“I didn’t perform in the C1 up to my expectations, but I didn’t see that the C2 affected that at all. It’s something I’m working on with my mental approach to races.

“But at the same time, we’ve now got a real opportunity to really focus on C2. I think we’ve done that and we’ve made some good ground.”

Jeffery knows now the big gamble he took post-London 2012 has paid off. It was then that he asked Hodson to partner him in the C2.

It was a gamble because Hodson had been dogged by injury, including a shocking wrist problem which required four separate operations.

But Jeffery recognised his former rival had a burning passion to succeed, so he took a punt.

“With his wrist he’s had a few setbacks, but now he’s back he’s really excited, and has been doing really hard work,” Jeffery said.

“We’ve both been trying to learn as much as possible, and I think we’re getting there.”

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Two weeks to Marathon World Championships


Kate McGrath at the national championships
Sam Lyons, Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Australian team is in the final days of preparation for the World Championship and the Masters World Cup

The team will be travelling to Oklahoma in the USA to compete at the first international event to be hosted on the Oklahoma River.

The Australian team for the World Championship wil be:

  • Senior C1 Men - Rain Metsoja
  • Junior Men K1 - Edward Lovick and James Oliver
  • Senior Men K1 - Michael Leverett
  • U23 Men K1 - Casey Haynes and Logan Dutton
  • Junior Women K1 - Kayla Whinray
  • Senior Women K1 - Kate Leverett
  • Under 23 Women K1 - Marlena Ahrens and Penelope Young
  • Junior Men K2 - Ben Rake and Alexander Neilson
  • Senior Women K2 - Brea Roadley and Tess Watson

The Australian Masters World Cup Team is:

  • Liz Pratt : Vet 50 K1
  • Rain Metsoja : Vet 40 C1
  • Mark Lawson : Vet 55 K1
  • Dianne Chellew : Vet 60 K1 and K2 (with Margaret Ryall)
  • Margi Bohm : Vet 50 K1 and K2
  • Margaret Ryall : Vet 60 K2 
  • Lyle Mead : Vet 70 K1
  • Ann Lloyd Green : Vet 65 K1
  • Darren Lee : Vet 50 K1

There will be live streaming of the event from the event website. Racing will start with the Masters World Cup 24th Spetember

 

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Olympic Hopes 2014


Olympic Hopes team in Prague
Tom Collings, Thursday, 11 September 2014

The future of canoe sprint will be on show this week when more than 650 teenagers from 27 countries contest the 2014 Olympic Hopes Regatta in Piestany, Slovakia from 12 to 14 September.

Australia will be well represented with 32 athletes aged between 15 to 17 years set to compete.

Since arriving in the Czech Republic on September 1 the squad has completed a successful block of training in Racice and are primed for a big weekend of racing.

Racing will commence on Friday from 4pm AEST (8am local time). The 1000 metre events will be contested on the opening day with the 500 and 200 metre events to follow on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

LIVE Streaming will be available. Race updates will be posted on the Team Australia Facebook page. Follow the links below for more information.

Friday Schedule (AEST):
4:08pm – K1M 15 1000 Heat 3 (Luke Morton)
4:12pm – K1M 15 1000 Heat 4 (Jakob Hammond)
4:24pm – K1W 15 1000 Heat 1 (Demi O’Brien)
4:28pm – K1W 15 1000 Heat 2 (Brittany Munro)
4:44pm – K1M 16 1000 Heat 3 (Oliver James)
4:48pm – K1M 16 1000 Heat 4 (Reece Bacchus)
5:00pm – K1W 16 1000 Heat 1 (Jade Bagnall)
5:08pm – K1W 16 1000 Heat 3 (Emily Braggs)
5:12pm – K1M 17 1000 Heat 1 (Hayden Clark)
5:24pm – C1M 17 1000 Heat 1 (Benjamin Keogh)
5:28pm – C1M 17 1000 Heat 2 (Charles Ellis)
5:36pm – K1W 17 1000 Heat 2 (Samantha Silvester)

6:00pm – K2M 15/16 1000 Heat 1 (Toby Digney/Angus Schmidt)
6:04pm – K2M 15/16 1000 Heat 2 (Connor Buhk/Joshua Rew-Jones)
6:24pm – K2W 15/16 1000 Heat 2 (Caitlin Burt-Polai/Siarn O’Neill)
6:28pm – K2W 15/16 1000 Heat 3 (Ruby Backen/Hannah Yeates)
6:32pm – K2M 17 1000 Heat 1 (Daniel Osborn/Shaun Osborn)
6:40pm – K2W 17 1000 Heat 1 (Keily Dober/Yale Steinpreis)
6:44pm – K2W 17 1000 Heat 2 (Emma Jager/Sonia Ryan)

7:04pm – K4M 15-17 1000 Heat 2 (Connor Buhk/Jakob Hammond/Joshua Rew-Jones/Shaun Osborn)
7:08pm – K4M 15-17 1000 Heat 3 (Anthony Carbone/Oliver James/Luke Morton/Daniel Osborn)

Semifinals to follow from 9pm AEST. Finals to follow from midnight AEST.

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Entries open for 2015 Wildwater Nationals and Selection Races

Sam Lyons, Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The upcoming Wildwater races in Tasmania will incorporate the National Championships and two other selection events. Entries close 3rd October.

Enter Now

Categories:     Men’s: U16, U18, U23, Open, and Masters, K1, C1 and C2
Women’s:   U16, U18, U23, Open, and Masters, K1, C1 and C2
Age Categories Are as at 1 January 2015 (as it is the 2015 Nationals)
U16 – need to be born on or after 1 January 1999
U18 – need to be born on or after 1 January 1997
U23 – need to be born on or after 1 January 1992
Masters – 35-44 – need to be born between
1 January 1970 and 31 Dec 1980
Super-Masters – 45-54 – need to be born between
1 January 1960 and 31 Dec 1970
Ultra-Masters – 55+ – need to be born before 1 January 1960
Grand-Master (65+) and Wizard (75+) categories if entries received.

Events:     

10/10/2014 – Official Practice - Mersey

11/10/2014 - AM – Short Course Sprint (Aust Champs & Snr and Jnr Selection Race 1)

                   PM – Long Course Sprint (Snr & Jnr Selection Race 2)

12/10/2014 – AM – Classic (Aust Champs Classic – Snr and Jnr Selection race 3)

                   PM – Classic Teams Race

13/10/2014 – AM – Teams Sprint (Course length TBD) 1 run only

                   PM  - Classic Race 2 – Mersey Lower Course (Junior Selection Race), 

14/10/2014 – Official Practice – Brady’s Lake

15/10/2015 - Brady’s Rapid Sprint – Woodward’s Canal, Brady’s lake (Senior Sprint Selection)

Team entries should specify where possible their other team members.

 

(Note: Teams will be at organisers discretion based on entry numbers)

Courses:   

11/10/2014 – Australian Champs Sprint – Mersey short sprint course - above Gemini  Rocks to normal
                   Sprint/Slalom finish.

                   Long Course Sprint – top of old slalom course to normal slalom/Sprint finish

12/10/2014 – Australian Champs – Classic + Teams  - Normal Mersey classic course

13/10/2014 – Teams Sprint – Length TBD
                   Classic (Junior Selection) – Finish of normal classic course to Lake Parangana.

 

15/10/2014 - Brady's Rapid Sprint - World Cup Sprint Course – below Cruncher to the lake.  

Important Note: Due to essential Hydro Tasmania maintenance at Rowallan Dam, higher than usual water flows may be experienced during early to mid October. This is unlikely and would require significantly higher than long-term average rainfall.
Nonetheless, event organisers reserve the right to change race start and finish locations and/or times, or to move event locations to alternate sections of the Mersey River or alternate rivers elsewhere in Tasmania, and/or to restrict race age categories for safety or logistical reasons should water conditions require it.
Any necessity to make such changes should hopefully be known early in the week prior to the event and communicated to competitors via e-mail if known before 9 October 2014. Otherwise changes will be communicated at a briefing at Mersey Classic WW course Start Car Park at 9.00am on
10 October 2014 with information also posted at Arm River Camp.
Entry Fees Senior - $30/event or $100 for the whole series
Junior - $20/event or $60 for the series
Entry payments By direct deposit to:
Canoe Tasmania Inc
Bendigo Bank BSB 633-000
Account No. 144449352
Account Name: Canoe Tasmania Incorporated
 
Include Competitors Name in the reference.
 
PayPal:  details TBA
Entry Closing Date Entries Close at:        11.59pm, Eastern Daylight Savings Time,
                       
Friday 3rd October 2014
Late entries: Additional $30 on top of normal entry fee.
Event Organiser and queries Bruce Cameron
Ph: 0497 264 926
 
Accommodation Mersey: Arm River Camp has been booked from Thursday 9 October night to Monday 13 October.
  • Officials Free
  • Others $15/night Snr inside,
  • $10/night Jnr inside,
  • $5/night camping.
Arm River Bookingsfirst in, first served
Contact:         Bruce Cameron:
        Ph: 0497 264 926
        E-mail: cameronkayaks@live.com
 
Camping also available at Berlin Wall (no toilets), and Mole Creek camp ground.
B&B and other accommodation at Mole Creek, Sheffield & Gowrie Park.   
Bradys: Free camping available on-site.
Accommodation available at Bronte Park and Tarraleah.
Tasmanian accommodation can be booked at the following sites.
 
   
 

Olympic Hopes team prepare for Piestany Regatta


Olympic Hopes team in Prague
Tom Collings, Monday, 8 September 2014

The future of canoe sprint will be on show this weekend when 34 Australian teenagers contest the International Regatta Piestany in Slovakia.

The Olympic Hopes team arrived in Racice, Czech Republic on September 1.

They have spent the past week acclimatising to the conditions and preparing for the international competition which will feature athletes from 27 nations.

The group were eased into the program across the first two days with the entire squad completing three training sessions per day which consisted of paddling, stretching and running.

A strong emphasis was also given to team boats which are the central focus for the team at this year’s competition.

Training was ramped up on Thursday and Friday with the boys completing K1 1000 and K1 250 time trials.

“The results were good and the coaches were pleased with their efforts,” Team Manager Christine Duff said.

Anders Gustafsson also joined the coaching ranks on Thursday and will remain with the squad until the conclusion of the competition.

On Friday the teenagers were put through a lot of short and sharp drills in preparation for the time trials on Saturday.

On Sunday the team enjoyed a rest day which was spent visiting the tourist hot spots of Prague.

The team will continue to make their journey towards Slovakia with the competition to be held from the 12 to 14 September.

Please follow the links below for more information.

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Nominations open for 2015 Australian Wildwater Team


Sam Lyons, Saturday, 6 September 2014

2015 will see the inaugural U23 World Championships along with Under 18 and Senior World Championships. You can view the selection policy and nominate for the team now!

Nominations close on the 3rd October 2014.

The teams being selected are:

  • Senior Sprint Team
  • Senior World Cup Team
  • Junior and Under 23 Classic and Sprint Team
  • Junior Development Team

The selection events will mainly be held in Tasmania in October (check the selection policy for full details).

Excitingly, The ICF Wildwater Technical Committee has confirmed that the Australian National Wildwater Sprint and Classic races to be held on the 11th and 12th October, 2014 on the Mersey River will now be ICF world ranking races which means that Australian paddlers can obtain points and be part of the world ranking points system.

Nominate as an athlete

Nominate as an Team Official

Nominate as an selector

 

Other Links
 Selection Policy
 

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.

Other Links
 Full Results
 

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 info@canoe.org.au 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 25 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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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

1

$25

2

$40

3

$55

4

$65

5 or more

$75

 
 

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
         
Saturday 30-Jan-15 Slalom Oceania Championships Mangahao, NZ
Sunday 31-Jan-15 Slalom Oceania Championships Mangahao, NZ
         
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 sam.lyons@canoe.org.au 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 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
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.

WHAT THE SCHOLARSHIP INVOLVES

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: www.aimforthestars.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/aimforthestarsfoundation

 

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 nedp@canoe.org.au.

 

 

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 melissa.hopwood@canoe.org.au.

 

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.