Australian Wildwater Paddlers impress at World Champs in Switzerland

Australia’s Wildwater paddlers impressed at the 2018 Wildwater World Championships in Switzerland over the weekend with the K1 men’s team finishing the sprint event in an impressive fourth place. It was the first Australian Wildwater team to compete at a World Championship since 2013 and the best team result for over ten years.

The team of Rob McIntyre (NSW), Alex McIntyre (NSW) and Kaylen Bassett (VIC) finished fourth in a time of 1:12.19 and +3.46 seconds behind winner Slovenia. France finished second and Germany third.

“The team event is one of those races where you have to work together to create a good outcome, keep the spacing right etc. Everyone is doing their part and bringing it home for the team is really important. This course is very technical and has the part at the bottom where it flattens out for all to paddle together for the line and we did a really good job of that and I’m quite pleased,” Rob McIntyre, who also finished fifth in the individual sprint race, said after the race.

And brother Alex McIntyre added: “We haven’t paddled as a team at a World Championship since 2013. We’ve done races with internationals over the last couple of years, but haven’t had a full Australian team, so it’s been good to have someone like Kaylen coming through. Getting this result today is a motivation for the three of us. It’s something to take home and hopefully the young kids in the sport can see that and will get more motivated to do these types of events.”

It was the first World Championships for Victorian Kaylen Bassett, who was happy about the experience and the event as a whole.

“It’s just the start of the season and I thought this was a pretty good World Championships campaign. We’ve all put down some solid runs and for me it was just cool to see how so many countries interact at this level and there’s been some great local support and a great atmosphere,” Bassett said.

The team also finished ninth in the K1 Men Team Classic race on Friday.

Earlier on Sunday, Rob McIntyre finished fifth in the K1 men’s individual sprint race, his best result at a World Championships and missing out on a medal by just 0.54 second. The podium was in the firm hands of Slovenia’s paddlers, who finished first, second and third with France in fourth. McIntyre qualified for the top-15 final after finishing seventh and second in the heats.

“I was super happy with the run. These finals are pretty intense and you have to deliver your absolute best on the day. I couldn’t really fault my run, it was probably as good as I can do, but the others were just a little bit too strong,” McIntyre said after the race. “It’s my best result at a World Championship, so I’m really pleased with that and it’s pretty excited for the next couple of weeks of World Cups ahead.”

Alex McIntyre and Kaylen Bassett missed the individual sprint finals after placing 25th and 19th as well as 31st and 26th in the heats respectively.

In the K1 women’s individual sprint races Georgina Collin (WA) finished 16th and 13th in the heats, while Dita Pahl (VIC) placed 29th and 20th.

Already on Thursday, the K1 Classic race took place with Rob McIntyre finishing 32nd, Alex McIntyre 36th and Kaylen Bassett 41st in the K1 men’s. In the K1 women’s, Georgina Collin finished 25th, while Dita Pahl placed 29th.

Next stop will be the ICF Wildwater World Cup in Bosnia with some different conditions expected as Rob McIntyre explains.

“I have been to the venue in Bosnia before and it’s a bit different the Muota Valley. The Muota River is quite rocky with quite cold water, while in Bosnia next week we will have some thick volume and nice warm water and weather. They are quite contrasting rivers, but that’s what I like about the sport, we get to experience different rivers, different locations around Europe. It’s exciting times ahead and I couldn’t be happier after my results here.”

Australian Canoeing was represented with five athletes at the 2018 ICF Wildwater World Championships, which took place on the Muota River in Muotathal in central Switzerland in the canton Schwyz from May 31 to June 3, 2018. More than 300 athletes from over 30 countries contested the first World Canoeing Championships to be staged in Switzerland since 1973.

The 2018 Worldcup series follows the ICF Wildwater World Championships with the ICF Wildwater Canoeing World Cup 1 and 2 taking place in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 8-10 June 2018 and the ICF Wildwater Canoeing World Cup Final race 3 and 4 in Celje, Slovenia June 15-16 2018.

About the Wildwater World Championships

Wildwater paddling is a demanding event on fast-flowing water and a course that is set to test athletes’ technique and speed to the limits.

There were two types of race – classic and sprint. Classic courses last between 10-35 minutes and run over approx. 4.4km, the sprint is between 200-600 metres long lasting approximately one minute.

The classic race took place on Thursday, 31 May with team events following on Friday, 1 June 2018. Saturday and Sunday saw the heats and finals for the sprint races.

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2018 Wildwater World Championships start in Switzerland

The 2018 ICF Wildwater World Championships kick off in Switzerland tonight with Australian Canoeing represented with a team of five athletes. The World Championships will take place on the Muota river at Muotathal in the Canton Schwyz in central Switzerland from May 31 to June 3, 2018.

More than 300 athletes from over 30 countries will be contesting the first World Canoeing Championships to be staged in Switzerland since 1973.

Australia’s Alex McIntyre (NSW) and Rob McIntyre (NSW), Kaylen Bassett (VIC), Genie Collin (WA) and Dita Phal (VIC) have been preparing  on the Muota River in the Swiss Alps near Lake Lucerne over the last few days with racing starting today from 11:00 a.m. local time, i.e. 19:00 AEST.

The competition promises to be a physically demanding event on high levels of fast-flowing water and a course that is set to test athletes’ technique and speed to the limits.

“The river has been somewhat lower and variable requiring technical paddling. We also had some overnight rain over the last couple days and a sunny morning producing good snow melt so the team experienced a great challenging high level of 70 cubic metres as they went through their paces during training a couple of days ago. The water in the river is changing every day, which makes it challenging,” Team Manager Peter McIntyre said about the conditions.

There will be two types of races, classic and sprint. Classic course races last between 10-15 minutes and run over approx. 4.4km, the sprint distance of 400 metres can be completed in less than a minute.

Racing will kick-off with the classic individual race on Thursday, 31 May with team events following on Friday, 1 June 2018. Saturday and Sunday will see the heats and finals for the sprint races.

Racing will be live streamed on

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Results can be followed here:

Australian Canoeing 2018 Wildwater Team

Men’s Kayak

Kaylen Bassett (VIC)

Alex McIntyre (NSW)

Robert McIntyre (NSW)

Women’s Kayak

Georgina Collin (WA)

Dita Pahl (VIC)

Race Times on day 1 of competition (Thursday, 31 May 2018)

Live streaming commences at 11:00 Swiss time, i.e. 19:00 AEST

Athlete start times

  • Dita Pahl. 7.13pm AEST Bib No. 13
  • Georgina Collin 7.14pm AEST Bib No. 14.
  • Kaylen Bassett 8.17pm AEST Bib No. 73
  • Alex McIntyre 8.41pm AEST Bib No 97
  • Robert McIntyre 8.55pm AEST Bib No. 111

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Cory Hill wins legendary Molokai Challenge 

Australian Cory Hill (WA) has won the 2018 Molokai Challenge, winning the legendary ocean paddling race from Molokai to Hawaii Kai, Oahu in a record time of 3:15:09 and breaking the 21-year old record. 

The Western Australian won the 2018 Molokai Challenge title ahead of South African duo of Marathon World Champion Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocke on Sunday (27 May 2018) in the 43rd edition of the event.

It is Hill’s second time to win the annual 53km (32miles) surfski race across the Kaiwi Channel after his first win in 2015. The Kaiwi Channel delivered swells and favourable tide to see a record-breaking race with the top five paddlers staying under the record pace and six Australians amongst the top ten solo paddlers.

The 29-year old 2017 ICF Ocean Racing World Champion Hill broke the record, which was held by Australian Ocean paddling legend Dean Gardiner for 21 years.  54-year old Gardiner finished the race in ninth, taking home the win in the 50-56 age group.

U23 silver medallist at the 2017 ICF Ocean World Championships Mackenzie Hynard (NSW) finished sixth in what he called his “toughest race to date.” On social media he added: “I couldn’t be more wrapped with a sixth spot in my first Molokai crossing, definitely leaving everything I had in the channel. I hope it’s the start of many more to come. Well done to everyone that made the crossing in what were most likely the best conditions in history. A huge congrats goes to Cory, who is my best mate and training partner and who showed yet again his class taking the win and smashing the 21 year old record in the process.”

Another record was smashed in the women’s field, where Australian World Paddle Board Champion Jordan Mercer completed the Australian podium success by finishing third in the women’s field in her first ocean ski race. South African Hayley Nixon and Rachel Clarke from New Zealand completed the podium with the top three women all coming in under the previous world record time.

Men’s results:

1 Corey Hill (Aus) 3:15:09

2 Hank McGregor (RSA) 3:15:39

3 Jasper Mocké (RSA) 3:17:03

Women’s results:

1 Hayley Nixon (RSA) 3:52:02

2 Rachel Clarke (NZL) 3:53:03

3 Jordan Mercer (AUS) 3:55:37

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3:15:09  Solo  Cory  Hill  29  M 19-29  AUS 
2 3:15:39 Solo Hank McGregor 40 M M 40-49 ZA
3 3:17:03 Solo Jasper Mocke 32 M M 30-39 ZA
4 3:17:57 Solo Pat Dolan 30 M M 30-39 US
3:18:51  Solo  Clint  Robinson  45  M 40-49  AUS 
3:21:04  Solo  Macca  Hynard  23  M 19-29  AUS 
7 3:23:49 Solo Austin Kieffer 28 M M 19-29 US
8 3:24:33 Relay-3 Shannon Eckstein aine Eckstein, Jeremy Cott M M 19-50
3:27:40  Solo  Dean  Gardiner  54  M 50-56  AUS 
10 3:32:18 Relay-4 Zsolt Szadovszki, Alex Lee Tim Burdiak, Nainoa Orr M M 19-50 US
11 3:32:35 Solo Oscar Chalupsky 55 M M 50-56 ZA
12  3:38:32  Solo  Todd  Boreland  50  M 50-56  AUS 
37 3:55:37 Solo Jordan Mercer 24 F F 19-29 AUS

Bull takes gold and Burnett bronze in 5000 final at World Cup

Australian Canoeing’s ‘AB’s’- Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett – have picked up gold and bronze in the K1 5000 on the final day of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg, Germany (25- 27 May 2018).

The two medals brought the total Australian medal tally to five – one gold and three bronze – after Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW) and Jordan Wood (QLD) won two bronze medals in both the men’s K2 1000 and 500m. South Australian Cat McArthur added another bronze in the women’s K1 200m. 

In one of the final races of the weekend, Rio 2016 Olympians Bull and Burnett were split by Sweden’s Linnea Stensils, who spent the Australian summer training with Bull (QLD) and Burnett (QLD) on the Gold Coast.

Bull and Stensils cleared out at the half-way point of the race, with Burnett involved in her own battle for third.

Bull, the current World U23 K1 1000 champion, said there was a good understanding with the Swede.

“We set it up well, we took turns leading, it was a good little race,” she said.

“You never know how they are going to pan out.”

Burnett said the trio had discussed a race strategy before the event began, and it had gone mostly to plan.

“I came around on the first corner of the 2k, and there was a bit of a move made and I couldn’t hold up my end of the bargain,” she said.

“In a 5k you try and pair up a bit, but I was on the far end of the start line so I had a bit of work to do. I was glad to see Bully take up the lead.”

In other results on the final day, the Australian women’s K4 with Alyssa Bull, Alyce Burnett, Jaime Roberts (WA) and Jo Brigden-Jones (NSW) finished fifth in the K4 500 final, and look set to contest the World Championships in Portugal later this year.

“To come away with a silver last weekend (ICF Sprint World Cup 1) and a fifth this weekend is pretty special,” Burnett said.

“We’re going to be racing the K4 at world’s, once we get the official nod. It’s really good to have us four together and have a solid block, and who knows what might happen next year.”

Murray Stewart (NSW) finished sixth in the men’s K1 500, Josephine Bulmer (SA) seventh in her first ever international C1 final, and returning Olympian Steve Bird (WA) was ninth in the K1 200.

The men’s K4 with Matt Goble (SA), Billy Bain (QLD), Tom Green (QLD) and Simon McTavish (NSW) just missed the A final finishing the heat in fourth, but went on to win their B-Final.

The Team will return to Australia, before heading over to Europe again in a couple of months to contest the ICF World Sprint Championships in Montemor o Velho Portugal from 23 – 26 August 2018.

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Men’s Events  Athletes Result
K1M – 200 Stephen Bird (WA) Final A – 9th
K1M – 500 Murray Stewart (NSW) Final A – 6th
K2M – 500 Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW)

Jordan Wood (QLD)

Final A – 3rd
K4M – 500 Matthew Goble (SA)

William Bain (QLD)

Thomas Green (QLD)

Simon McTavish (NSW)

Final B – 1st
K1M – 1000 Murray Stewart (NSW)

Simon McTavish (NSW)

Final B – 1st

Final B – 7th

K2M – 1000 Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW)

Jordan Wood (QLD)

Final A – 3rd
William Bain (QLD)

Thomas Green (QLD)

Final B – 1st
Women’s Events
K1W – 200 Catherine McArthur (SA) Semi-Final 7th
K1W – 500 Alyce Burnett (QLD)

Alyssa Bull (QLD)

Final A – 6th

Final B – 1st

K4W – 500


Alyssa Bull (QLD)

Alyce Burnett (QLD)

Jaime Roberts (WA)

Jo Brigden-Jones (NSW)

Final A – 5th


K1W – 1000 Catherine McArthur (SA) Final A – 3rd
K1W – 5000


Alysa Bull (QLD)

Alyce Burnett (QLD)



C1W – 200 Josephine Bulmer (SA) Final A – 7th
C1W – 5000 Josephine Bulmer (SA) 4th

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Australia keeps the European medal streak running in Germany

A second medal for Jordan Wood and Riley Fitzsimmons and another strong performance from the K4 500 women’s team were the Australian highlights on day two of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg on Saturday (27 May).

Wood (QLD) and Fitzsimmons (NSW) backed up their K2 1000 bronze medal from Friday with another bronze, this time in the K2 500, on Saturday.

There were only centimetres separating the first three boats, but the Australians were thrilled to be among the medals again after running into trouble at the start.

“We kind of fumbled the start a little bit, which is not too concerning in a 500, but it kind of is,” Fitzsimmons said.

“I’m pretty happy that we came back from that horrendous start and managed to climb over a few crews in the last 50, which were really positive signs.”

Wood said he and Fitzsimmons had made strong improvement, even in the space of one week.

“Just the way we approached that was different to the race last week,” he said.

“Apart from our start, which we weren’t too stoked with, I think it was a better tactic.”

The women’s K4 shocked even themselves in Szeged one week ago by taking silver in the final, but showed their form has held up with a convincing win in their heat in Duisburg on Saturday.

The result qualifies the boat straight into Sunday’s final.

“We just wanted to put another good race together like we did last weekend,” Alyssa Bull (NSW) said.

“We just wanted to keep that ball rolling, and it’s great that we could come away with a win.”

Alyce Burnett (QLD) said last week’s result has given the team a new feel, but they are making sure they don’t get carried away.

“Now that we’ve got a bit of confidence it does feel a bit different, but we don’t want to be over confident,” Burnett said.

“We spoke about just going through the processes, and I think that last weekend not having that pressure and expectation was really good.

“We’re just trying to replicate that again. We are still a new crew, and still things to learn from, so we’ll just see how we go.”

In other results, Alyce Burnett finished sixth in the K1 500 final, Alyssa Bull won the B final of the same race, and Murray Stewart (NSW) won the B final of the men’s K1 1000, with Simon McTavish finishing seventh in the same race.

Josie Bulmer (SA) won through to the semi-finals of the women’s C1 200, Stephen Bird (WA) is into the semis of the K1 200, and Friday’s bronze medallist in the women’s K1 1000 Cat McArthur (SA) qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s K1 200.

The Australian men’s team will contest the semi-final of the K4 500.

Racing racing resumes today, Sunday 27 May 2018 for the final day of the ICF Sprint World Cup 2 (25-27 May 2018).

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WOMEN’S K1 500

1 STENSILS Linnea (SWE)  48.285

2 PULAWSKA Anna (POL)   48.342

3 GUYOT Sarah (FRA)  48.473

4 OSTERMAN, Anja (SLO)  48.617

5 MLADKOVA, IVana (SVK) 49.386

6 BURNETT, Alyce (AUS)  49.485

MEN’S K2 500

1  GELLE/BOTEK                 (SVK)   1.28.627

2 MATVEEV/POULIN          (CAN)   1.28.854

3 FITZSIMMONS/WOOD    (AUS)    1.28.854


Highlights clip men’s K2 1000m (Friday) – bronze medal Riley Fitzsimmons and Jordan Wood

Highlights clip women’s K1 1000m (Friday) – bronze medal Cat McArthur 

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