STATEMENT: AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES AND AIR QUALITY

As certain areas of Australia are experiencing unprecedented levels of bushfire activity, Paddle Australia is monitoring the situation carefully in the lead up to numerous domestic competitions.

Paddle Australia is specifically monitoring the air quality in areas where upcoming competitions will be held. The health and wellbeing of all of our members (athletes, staff, officials and volunteers) is paramount.

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) recently released a position statement concerning air quality and exercise.

https://ais.gov.au/position_statements#smoke_pollution_and_exercise

As suggested in the AIS statement, Paddle Australia will be using Air Quality Index (AQI) as a guide in determining whether upcoming competitions should proceed, be modified, or, in extreme circumstances, be cancelled due to potential health risks to those involved. These decisions will be made in conjunction with local competition organisers, recognising that paddling competitions are diverse in nature and that local conditions and circumstances will vary.

Particular caution is required for those individuals who are already susceptible to upper airway irritants (e.g. asthmatics). Similarly, consideration will need to be given to the potential impact of conditions on technical officials and volunteers, who may be engaged in assisting with competitions over lengthy periods of time.

Paddle Australia staff will also be monitoring air quality in determining whether to amend High Performance training programs in the coming weeks.

On behalf of Paddle Australia, we hope that there will be some respite from these bushfires in the very near future and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by these devastating fires. We would also like to thank the tireless work of all those who are fighting these bushfires.

If you would like to donate to the relief effort, please do so via the Australian Red Cross here

Paddle Australia’s statement: Australian bushfires and air quality

PADDLE AUSTRALIA WILDWATER CANOEING CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THE MITTA INAUGURAL DOWNRIVER RACE

The 2020 PA Wildwater Championships were held on the Mitta Mitta River last weekend and some great racing was had by all. Representatives from NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia competed for National Titles and selection for the 2020 Wildwater Canoeing Australian Team to compete in the 2020 ICF Wildwater Canoeing World Championships in Nantahala USA and World Cups in April and May 2020.

The Classic course provided challenges through the rapids and saw some very good times.  Dan Hall made it his 8th National Classic title, winning the Men’s K1 by 5 seconds from Matt Dalziel in second and Alex McIntyre in third. The juniors were well represented and Ryan Hughes won with Josh Lee in second and Tom Elms in third. The under 16’s was won by George Pankhurst, with Tom Ladson second and Caleb Flowers third.

Dita Pahl won the Woman’s K1, Robert Janiszewski, the Men’s C1, Maddison Wilson the woman’s C1 and Kaylen and Lachlan Bassett took the Men’s C2.  In the under 23’s James Humphry took the win from Chris Greed.

It was pleasing to see multiple competitors making the required tougher percentages for senior team in the classic, including many of the juniors.

The sprint races were very tightly contested and thanks to Russell Basset who set up an electronic beam timing system this made for accurate timing down to the one hundredth of a second which was needed.

In the first run Alex McIntyre led Dan Hall by 0.04 of a second in a time of 65.03 with Kaylen Bassett only 0.22 seconds further back.  The second run saw Dan produce a great run of 64.63 seconds to take his sixth National Sprint Championship with Alex taking second and Kaylen third all within 0.62 of a second of each other.

In other sprint results Dita Pahl took the woman’s K1 title with Maddison Wilson in second.  Ashleigh Iliot was winner of the Junior Female K1 from Ruby Elms.

Kaylen Basset also won theU23 titles with Chris Greed second and James Humprey third.

The men’s U18 was won by Tom Elms, from Josh Lee and third was Ben Stremecki. In U16 George Pankhurst set a solid run to win, second was Tom Ladson and third Caleb Flowers.

Robert Janiszewski was the winner of the Men’s C1 and Maddison Wilson was the winner of the woman’s C1 and  Kaylen and Lachlan Bassett won the Men’s C2.

Again it was pleasing to see multiple competitors making the required tougher percentages for the senior team in the sprint, including many of our talented juniors.

Following the successful completion of the 2020 PA Wildwater Canoeing Championships, River Racing Australia the event organiser held a 9.5 Kilometre downriver race from the Witches Garden below the bigger whitewater down to the Mitta Mitta hotel.  This was a well sponsored event with $2,400 in prize money for the various classes and lots of spot prizes.  This attracted some 60 competitors that saw some of Australia’s best athletes from Wildwater, Marathon, Sprint and Ocean Racing competing for the coveted positions.

Alex McIntyre (Wildwater) and Byron Chadwick (Sprint) both from Avoca Kayak Club paddling a K2 took out the fastest time in 30 minutes 20 seconds.  The fastest open men’s K1 was Hamish Young (Marathon) with Matt Flower (Marathon) in second with Richard McMinn (Wildwater and Ocean Racing) in third.

The men’s 40+ was won by Dan Hall with Matt Dalziel second and Tim Flowers third all from Wildwater.

The men’s 50+ was a hotly contested field with Warren Elms (Wildwater) first from John Young (Marathon) and Tim Doyle (Wildwater and River Marathon) third.

The open woman’s was won by Georgia Sinclair (Ocean Racing and Sprint) from Rachel de Krester (marathon) and Emma Flowers  (marathon) in third.

The woman’s 40+ was won by Dita Pahl (Wildwater) from Angela Farrell and Marion Blake.

The junior men was won by Josh Lee (Wildwater and marathon) from Charlie Wardrop (marathon) and James Humphry (Wildwater) in third.

The junior female was won by Ruby Elms (Wildwater) from Baelea Collins and Ashlee Ilott both of Wildwater and Sprint.

It was fantastic to see so many athletes from the different disciplines competing against each other which is rare to see given their specialties however everyone enjoyed themselves and the concept, so it is hoped that this will appear on the annual paddling calendar and grow into bigger and better things.

For a full list of all results can be found HERE.

Photo Credit: Kylie Wilson

Paddle Australia Seeks Nominations for Members of the Paddle Australia Discipline Technical Committee

Paddle Australia (PA) is seeking nominations for our Discipline Technical Committees (DTC). PA have eight DTC, one for each of our Disciplines, Canoe Freestyle, Canoe Marathon, Canoe Ocean Racing, Canoe Polo, Canoe Slalom, Canoe Sprint, Canoe Stand Up Paddling, and Wildwater Canoeing.

PA is seeking Expressions of Interest for members of the Paddle Australia Discipline Technical Committee.

Role of the PA DTC 

  • Develop, promote and advocate for the discipline as a paddling discipline in Australia.
  • Develop and establish Strategic Planning and Operation plans for the discipline.
  • Plan budgets for each financial year in conjunction with PA.
  • Develop a discipline calendar of competitions.
  • Provide recommendations on competition management for the discipline.
  • Fulfilling requirements of the PA DTC on National Team Selection.
  • Ensure appropriate arrangements are in place for Australian Teams.

Selection Criteria

 ‘Demonstrated Experience’ in at least one of the following areas is desirable:

  • Experience and understanding of the discipline competitions, domestically and internationally.
  • Ability to provide recommendations on development and management of the discipline as a discipline in Australia.
  • Availability to attend four meetings throughout the year (one face to face and three teleconferences), with the expectation for members to work through matters between meetings.
  • Working with volunteers.
  • Background and experience in community sport and participation.
  • Communication including social media

Diversity of members is considered by the PA Board when appointing members to a DTC. The diversity of gender, age, background, disability and ability and general experience is considered.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest should include a resume of no more than two pages and a letter of application outlining the skills and experience of the candidate:

  1. Relevant to the role of the PA DTC: and
  2. In the areas outlined in the ‘Selection Criteria’ section, above.

Information should be sent by email to arrive prior to 5.00 pm (AEDT) on Friday 31st January 2020 and directed to the:

Sports Services and Events Coordinator
Paddle Australia
Email: sports.services@paddle.org.au

Paddle Australia Seeking EOIs for 2021 and 2022 Canoe Ocean Racing Championships

Paddle Australia (PA) is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for both the 2021 and 2022 PA Canoe Ocean Racing Championships. PA is seeking EOIs from affiliated Clubs and/or SMAs (either individually or in collaboration), non-affiliated Canoe Ocean Racing Clubs, and/or other third party event organisers. Joint submissions are encouraged.

The tender for the 2021 PA Canoe Ocean Racing Championships is being held at the same time as the tender for the 2022 PA Canoe Ocean Racing Championships. Interested parties are able to submit tenders for both Competition at the same time. PA will accept tenders which are for the 2021 or 2022 Competition.

The successful host venue(s) will be selected by the Board of PA, guided but not obligated by the recommendations of the Bid Assessment Panel. The host of the 2021 Competition will be different to the host of the 2022 Competition.

PA has produced a tender document which sets out the minimum requirements to host either the 2021 or 2022 PA Canoe Ocean Racing Championships, including the information required from interested parties in an EOI:
⎯ Section 1 outlines a brief overview description of the Competition.
⎯ Section 2 outlines a timetable associated with the completion of the Expression of
Interest.
⎯ Section 3 outlines the venue specifications / requirements for 2021 PA Canoe Ocean
Racing Championships.
⎯ Section 4 outlines the host benefits.

Paddle Australia 2021 and 2022 Canoe Ocean Racing Championships Tender

All submissions are to be submitted by 5pm (AEDT) on Friday 14 February 2020 and sent to Duncan Tweed (Chief Operating Officer) duncan.tweed@paddle.org.au

Paddle Australia Seeks Nominations for Members of the Paddle Australia Stand Up Paddling Committee

Paddle Australia (PA) is pleased to announce we are seeking nominations for our first Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Technical Committee. The formation of this committee will allow PA to officially recognise SUP in our paddling community.

PA is seeking Expressions of Interest for members of the Paddle Australia SUP Technical Committee (PASUPTC).

Role of the PASUPTC 

  • Develop, promote and advocate for SUPs as a paddling discipline in Australia.
  • Develop and establish Strategic Planning and Operation plans for SUP.
  • Plan budgets for each financial year in conjunction with PA.
  • Develop a SUP calendar of competitions.
  • Provide recommendations on competition management for SUP
  • Fulfilling requirements of the PASUPTC on National Team Selection.
  • Ensure appropriate arrangements are in place for Australian SUP Teams.

Selection Criteria

 ‘Demonstrated Experience’ in at least one of the following areas is desirable:

  • Experience and understanding of SUP competitions, domestically and internationally.
  • Ability to provide recommendations on development and management of SUP as a discipline in Australia.
  • Working with volunteers.
  • Background and experience in community sport and participation.
  • Communication including social media

Diversity of members is considered by the PA Board when appointing members to a Discipline Technical Committee. The diversity of gender, age, background, disability and ability and general experience is considered.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest should include a resume of no more than two pages and a letter of application outlining the skills and experience of the candidate:

  1. Relevant to the role of the PASUPTC: and
  2. In the areas outlined in the ‘Selection Criteria’ section, above.

Information should be sent by email to arrive prior to 5.00 pm (AEDT) on Friday 31st January 2020 and directed to the:

Sports Services and Events Coordinator
Paddle Australia
Email: sports.services@paddle.org.au