(NEXT) BEST PADDLING TOWNS: DAYTON, OH – The sky’s the limit along the Great Miami Riverway

When it comes to paddling and other recreational activities, the sky’s the limit along the Great Miami Riverway through Dayton, OH

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Three Tips for a Multi-Week Self-Support Expedition – Catching up with Great Lakes kayakers Joe Zellner and Peggy Gabrielson

Great Lakes kayakers Joe Zellner and Peggy Gabrielson share three tips for completing a long-term self-support paddling expedition.

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2018/19 Domestic Season Announced

Paddle Australia is proud to announce its new domestic competition season which is bringing exciting World class events to Australia in 2018/19. The events will be show casing some of the World’s best International paddlers across all disciplines.

Major highlights of the calendar is three Oceania Championships to be held in NSW which includes the inaugural Freestyle Oceania Championships. A jammed packed February in Sydney’s adventure capital, Penrith, with three weeks of back to back International competition for Sprint, Slalom, Wildwater and Freestyle.

Paddle Australia is changing its focus in 2018/19 to increase competition opportunities throughout Australia with these events being held at prestigious venues and allowing more inclusion for all age groups such as Junior and Masters.

Make sure you put these dates in your calendar and keep an eye out on Paddle Australia’s website for more information as it becomes available for these exciting opportunities in 2018/19.

Please note: The dates on the calendar do not include training and/or additional selection dates. Please refer to event websites for further details.

PA 2018-19 Domestic Calendar

Paddle Australia Sets a New Course

Paddle Australia, Australia’s National Sporting Organisation responsible for the promotion, support and management of canoeing, kayaking and other paddle sports, has officially launched its new corporate name and brand.

Paddle Australia, formerly Australian Canoeing, is embarking on a new strategic journey. Our re-branding signifies a fresh positioning of the organisation as it continues to manage and develop the sport but also places a greater focus on promoting and encouraging recreational paddling in all its forms.

Paddle Australia will shortly release a strategic vision and plan for paddling in Australia. Over 300,000 active paddlers already enjoy the fitness, health, well-being and other benefits of paddling on our pristine waterways. As demand changes and more people look to spend their recreational time in their own way, more are discovering the positive outcomes that paddling offers. The key role for Paddle Australia is to lead, connect and grow the paddling community into the future.

“The rebranding to Paddle Australia is one very visible step in the exciting new direction our organisation is taking,” explains Paddle Australia President, Andrea McQuitty. “Paddling is a very diverse activity and a unique way to enjoy the natural environment, whether with friends or family, for adventure or exercise, at your own pace or in competition with others. Our diversity is our strength and the name Paddle Australia reflects the inclusive and diverse nature of our activities.”

“Paddling is deeply ingrained in the Australian lifestyle. Australians have long enjoyed the relaxation and adventure of paddling, exploring the abundance of scenic inland and coastal waters. Australian paddlers have also experienced great success internationally and at the Olympic Games.”

“In 2018 and beyond, paddle sports have enormous potential to become an integral part of the healthy lifestyle of even more Australians of all ages. The Board of Paddle Australia is looking forward to embracing this future in full cooperation with our member state associations, clubs and, increasingly, our commercial partners.”

Pleasingly, the brand change has been embraced by all member state associations of Paddle Australia. Five have changed their own corporate identities (Paddle Western Australia, Paddle NSW, Paddle South Australia, Paddle Victoria and Paddle Tasmania), with Queensland seeking to make changes to their constitution in September this year.

“Paddling is changing and growing, and we must respond. The brand changes we have all made are a first step. Collectively one of our goals is to create an engaged community that reflects a positive, shared culture and values, causing everyone to want to be “a part of paddling” in Australia,” says Paddle Australia CEO, Phil Jones.

“We are now going through a very busy time at Paddle Australia planning some exciting changes to the services that we and our state associations offer. It will take a significant effort from all of us, particularly our state associations and clubs, working together to make the changes needed to maximise the potential of paddling in Australia,” Jones added about the journey ahead.

Follow Paddle Australia via the website www.paddle.org.au and social media on www.facebook.com/paddle.org.au as well as www.instagram.com/paddle_australia and www.twitter.com/paddle_aus

Wildwater World Cup series wraps up in Slovenia

The final ICF Wildwater World Cup wrapped up over the weekend in Slovenia (15 – 17 June 2018).

Saturday (16 June) saw the sprint race taking place on the Course at Celje in front of a large crowd with heats scheduled in the afternoon and the finals taking place under lights.

The women’s C classes have only recently been introduced and continue to grow across all canoeing events. Paddle Australia’s female wildwater athletes Maddison Wilsön and Genie Collin made the most of the new and exciting opportunities in this class and raced a strong race in the women’s C2 against the pair from France .

Maddie Wilsön also performed well in the C1 qualifying in ninth position for the C1 female final, where she finished tenth.

In the men’s K1 field of 37 starters Robert McIntyre (NSW) placed the third fastest time in the first run to qualify directly for the final.  Brother Alex McIntyre (NSW) was in 17th place and Kaylen Bassett (VIC) finished in 33rd.  In the second runs Alex McIntyre finished 11th to just narrowly miss out on the final with the top ten paddlers advancing and finished the event in 16th place overall. Kaylen Bassett had a better second run to finish 27th overall.

In the final it was a thrilling affair with most paddlers stepping it up and improving on their qualifying times.  Robert McIntyre improved his qualifying time by 0.22 of a second to finish in a time of 31.42 seconds. This saw him finish the final World Cup in seventh position in the tightly packed field.

In the woman’s K1 Genie Collin (WA) finished 16th overall.

Already on Friday (15 June) the World Cup 3 Classic run took place, where Genie Collin finished 14th in the woman’s K1 and Maddie Wilsön tenth in the woman’s C1.

See all results here.

Photo thanks to Kyelene Wilson