Rio 2016 Olympians and Paralympians show early form at 2018 Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2

Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic paddlers have shown some great early form on the first day of finals and second day of competition at the 2018 Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2 on Saturday, 10 February 2018 at Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) in Penrith.

It was a day of comebacks and surprises with dual Olympian Steve Bird (WA) coming back from a year off with a bang and winning the men’s K1 200m, while Paralympic Champion Curtis McGrath (QLD) was pipped on the line by fellow Paralympian and Australian Canoeing 2017 Junior Athlete of the Year Dylan Littlehales (NSW) in one of the tightest races of the day.

The Oceania Grand Prix 2 is the first big hit-out of the international canoe sprint season and is considered a pre-selection event for national team selection trials coming up for Australia’s Olympic class paddlers in three weeks (4-5 March 2018) and for Australia’s Paracanoeists at Nationals from 6-10 March 2018.

Aiming for invitations to selection trials, the first Final A win of the day in calm and hot conditions was taken home by South Australian Charlie Kneebone-Ellis, who won the men’s C1 1000m.

Olympian and 2017 K4 World Champion Murray Stewart (NSW) followed suit in the men’s K1 1000m, while the under 18 race was won by New Zealand’s Sam Ferkins ahead of South Australian Jess Kneebone-Ellis.

In the men’s K1 200m Western Australian Steve Bird showed he is back in form after a year off by winning the event he competed in at both the 2016 Rio and 2012 London Olympic Games.

“It was a solid race even though I was caught a bit off guard at start. It’s my first year back and it’s interesting to be back racing others. I have been paddling really well at home and just had to find it here. I’m happy to get one out of the way and build towards selections in three weeks,” Bird said after the race.

The 29-year old took a break post the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and has been back in training since last September. He clocked a time of 0:35.73 ahead of South Australian Matt Goble (0:36.30) and Welshman Mark Stowe (0:37.12).

It is a hot field in the men’s classes with 2017 K4 World Champions Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW) and Jordan Wood (QLD) continuing their strong form from last year by winning the men’s K2 1000 in 3:13.04 and one second ahead of their 2017 K4 partners Olympic and World Champions Kenny Wallace (QLD) and Murray Stewart (NSW), who finished second in 3:14.11.

Finals in the men’s K2 500, K1 500, MK4 500 and MK2 200 are scheduled for Sunday, 11 February 2018.

In the women’s classes, Sunshine Coast’s Olympians Alyce Burnett (QLD) and Alyssa Bull (QLD) put up a strong performance in the women’s K2 500m winning with a two seconds margin over Olympian Cat McArthur (SA) and Jaime Roberts (WA) in 1:48.17. France’s Manon Jostens and Lea Jamelot finished third.

“Bully (Alyssa Bull) and I have been together for a few years now and we’ve swapped positions so I’m in the front now and she’s in the back. It’s our first season racing like that and it’s always good to come home with a win. But more importantly the other girls are pushing us hard and it’s never an easy win. The girls in Australia have done a huge step up so you certainly can’t be complacent,” Burnett said after the race.

Alyce Burnett, 2017 World Champion in the women’s K1 1000m, also took home the win in the women’s K1 200m after a straight set of wins in Friday’s heat and semi-final as well as Saturday’s final.

“200 metres is not my speciality and obviously I focussed on the 1000metres last year, but I have been really working on my speed and I’m feeling good in the K1. Hopefully that can transfer over into the K2 and K4,” Burnett said after her second win of the day.

“Conditions have been good, quite still and hot and to get a fast time we would want a puff of a tail wind so races here haven’t been the fastest times. But it’s always good to get a race in still conditions in and you can feel good in yourself rather than having to paddle against the elements,” she added about the conditions.

On Sunday, 11 February 2018, medals are still up for grabs in the women’s K1 500, K2 200, K1 1000 and K4 500.

In the Paracanoe men’s K1 200 18-year old Paralympian Dylan Littlehales impressed by pipping Paralympic Champion and dual 2017 Paracanoe World Champion Curtis McGrath on the line by .32 seconds. Great Britain’s Paracanoeist Tim Lodge finished third. Littlehales already created waves in Friday’s race for lanes when he led over McGrath.

“The conditions and weather were near perfect and it feels great to get one up over Curtis. He’s a great competitor and my next goal is to focus on the nationals and do the best I can,” Littlehales said after the race.

While Curtis McGrath (KL2 classification) and Dylan Littlehales (KL3 classification) are competing in different Paracanoe classifications internationally, it has been a big goal for Littlehales to catch his training partner and role model: “It’s great to train with the likes of Curtis, who is a great athlete and the goal I had ever since I started competing is to be able to beat him and I’m finally starting to get there.”

For Curtis McGrath the Oceania Grand Prix is the first competition of the year and he was happy about the competition: “I had Dylan at the start but he came through at the end and pipped me. As he’s getting older, he’s getting smarter and stronger and it’s great to have someone pushing you along the way. He’s finally taken over and that’s a good sign for Dylan and what Australian Canoeing can do. He pushes you along and makes you work every step of the way,” Curtis McGrath said after the race.

And about the goals for the season ahead he added: “Preparations have been going well and I just missed out on the last two regattas due to family circumstances (NSW and QLD State Championships) and this regatta is a good test to see where I’m at. The goal this year is definitely to defend my World titles. But we are still a fair way out from World Champs and even our Nationals are still a couple weeks away. I’m looking forward to another opportunity of racing and getting Dylan there.”

The Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2 has attracted 148 athletes competing in 89 events across the Olympic and Paralympic classes and Open, under 18 and under 16 age groups and is the first big hit-out of the 2018 international season, including competitors from New Zealand’s, France, Great Britain, South Africa, Denmark and Tahiti.

For Australia’s Olympic sprint paddlers the event is final opportunity to secure an invitation to the 2018 national team selection trials to be held at Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) 4 – 5 March 2018. Paralympic selections will take place at the Australian Canoeing Championships at SIRC from 6-10 March 2018.

Racing will continue on Sunday, 11 February 2018 from 8 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

See Saturday’s results here.

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR AC ATHLETES’ COMMISSION

Australian Canoeing (AC) is calling for nominations for a new Athletes’ Commission in a step to ensure that the views of athletes are continuously taken into account in a positive and meaningful way, especially when key decisions are being made.

‘‘We have many stakeholders. They are all important, but our athletes are central to so much of what we do,” explained Phil Jones, Australian Canoeing CEO. “We are working to establish a new representative Athletes Commission that has the support of the athletes and that can bring forward the views and report back to our athlete cohort. This will provide an essential feedback mechanism to our senior management and the Board.”

“Our previous Athletes Commission, Chaired by Ken Wallace, has served the organisation well and Australian Canoeing is very grateful for their contribution. However, the organisation is changing and It is time to refresh way the Commission operates.”

In summary, the new Athletes Commission will be asked to:

  1. Communicate on behalf of the athlete body any concerns or issues of the athletes.
  2. Offer advice and recommendations to the Board on athlete programs.
  3. Report to the athlete body the outcome of relevant decisions made by Australian Canoeing on issues identified by the athlete body through the Commission.
  4. Advise the Board on how athletes can better access opportunities to improve their sporting performances.
  5. Identify and make recommendations on improvements to athlete support and welfare and assist in the implementation of the athlete programs.

The Terms of Reference, agreed by the Australian Canoeing Board in November 2017, can be found  here. The Athletes Commission will be invited to comment on the Terms of Reference once elected.

Australian Canoeing has a very talented pool of athletes with many recognising the important of contributing to the governance of the sport and already active both nationally and internationally: Olympic medallists and World Champions Jessica Fox and Ken Wallace both sit on the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Commission, with Paralympic Champion and 2017 Paracanoe World Champion Curtis McGrath recently selected as an inaugural member of the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) Commission. Jessica Fox was elected to the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Athletes Committee in 2017. She joined Paralympic Medallist and 2017 Paralympic World Champion Amanda Reynolds bringing the Australian representation on the eight-member ICF Athlete commission to two.

If not elected to the Australian Canoeing Athletes Commission, Jessica Fox (Slalom), Ken Wallace (Sprint), Curtis McGrath (Paracanoe) and Amanda Reynolds (Paracanoe) will all be invited to become ex-officio members of the new Commission. In addition, the elected members may invite up to three other athletes to join the Commission based on specific skills that they identify as adding value. The Commission will elect their own Chair and Vice Chair.

The Athletes Commission will report to the Board of Australian Canoeing. The Chair will be invited to attend Board Meetings and report as appropriate.

Australian Canoeing is initially seeking nominations from athletes in the Sprint, Slalom and Paracanoe disciplines. This may be expanded in the future but in the meantime, other disciplines will be encouraged to ensure that there is athlete representation on the relevant Technical Committee.

The election process will see one woman and one man elected from each discipline, with elections normally taking place every two years at the relevant National Championships. The timelines for the inaugural nominations and elections in the three disciplines are as follows:

  Slalom Sprint Paracanoe
Nominations Open 24th January 2018 5th February 2018 5th February 2018
Nominations Close 9th February 2018 27th February 2018 27th February 2018
Election Open Australian Open

16th February 2018

Nationals Championships

6th March 2018

Nationals Championships

6th March 2018

Election Close Australian Open

18th February 2018

Nationals Championships

10th March 2018

Nationals Championships

10th March 2018

 

The Terms of Reference of the Australian Canoeing Athletes Commission can be found here.

Nomination details can be found on the Australian Canoeing website by clicking here.

For further information contact:  Mary Macaluso Sports Services Manager at mary.macaluso@canoe.org.au or 02 9763 0370

2018 PARACANOE NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Nominations for the 2018 Paracanoe Team are now open.

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Jessica Fox and Curtis McGrath take top honours at Australian Canoeing 2017 Annual Awards

Olympic medallist and 2017 Canoe Slalom World Champion in the women’s K1 Jessica Fox (NSW) took home the Canoeist of the Year Award, while Paralympic champion and 2017 dual World Champion Curtis McGrath was awarded the Paracanoeist of the Year Award at the Australian Canoeing 2017 Annual Awards held on the Gold Coast on Saturday (4 November 2017).

2017 Canoeist of the Year Jessica Fox had another outstanding season winning a total of 13 individual medals and three team medals in the women’s C1 and K1 events at the 2017 World Cups and World Championships and wrapped up her year with the World Champion title in the K1 at the recent ICF Slalom World Championships in Pau, France.

Together with sister Noemi Fox (NSW) and Kate Eckhardt (TAS) she was also a finalist for the Team of the Year Award, which went to the men’s K4 1000m crew of Ken Wallace (QLD), Jordan Wood (QLD), Murray Stewart (NSW) and Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW). The Australian men’s K4 were recognised for their outstanding international season, which culminated in the 2017 World Championship title.

“It’s a big honour receiving this award. We had some great results in the slalom and for me it’s been a fantastic season in my individual races and also in the team races with the other girls Kate (Eckhardt), Noemi (Fox) and Ros (Lawrence). But it’s been an amazing year in the sport as a whole and also in sprint, paracanoe and marathon there were some amazing results, so to win this I’m really honoured and humbled,” Jess Fox said at the end of the awards night.

“Curt McGrath I thought would have it, so I’m very happy and thank you to Australian Canoeing and the coaches, the program as well as the Australian Institute of Sport that these awards and who support our sport,” Fox added.

For Curtis McGrath, who was not able to attend in person, it was the third time in a row to receive the coveted Paralympic honour after he took home both the Canoeist of the Year and Paracanoeist of the Year award in 2016. The Queenslander and Sydney 2018 Invictus Games ambassador followed up on his Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medal by wining both the K1 and V1 paracanoe events at the 2017 ICF Paracanoe World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic in August.

Fellow Paralympian Dylan Littlehales (NSW) won the Junior Canoeist of the Year Award. Dylan, who only just turned 18 last week, has been competing in the paracanoeing senior class, where he finished fifth in the men’s KL3 200m at the 2017 ICF Paracanoe World Championships.

“It’s a huge honour to receive this award. I competed against the Junior athletes not only in the paracanoe, but also in the Olympic class and everyone is at a high level, so getting this award feels incredible,” Dylan Littlehales said after receiving the award. And making his ambitions for the future clear, he added: “It’s great to train with the likes of Curtis, who is a great athlete and the goal I had ever since I started competing is to be able to beat him and I’m finally starting to get there”

2017 Canoe Sprint World Champion in the women’s K1 1000m Alyce Burnett (QLD) received the Canoeist of the Year Award Non-Olympic for achievements in the non-olympic classes.

The Junior Canoeist of the Year Non-Olympic went to Australian Canoe Marathon Team paddler Erin Blanch (QLD). The 18-year old, who won the Under 18 Women Australian Canoe Marathon Championships, also took home the 2017 People’s Choice Award after receiving the most number of votes via the Australian Canoeing website. This year’s People’s Choice Award attracted a record number of nearly 40,000 votes.

Erin Blanch’s coach and Paracanoe Team coach Andrea King (QLD) was awarded Coach of the Year for the third time in a row. King who provides her time to a number of junior paddlers training out of the Gold Coast’s Varsity Paddlers with national team success across canoe marathon, sprint and paracanoe. Her paracanoe athletes won four gold medals at the 2017 ICF Paracanoe World Championships with the Australian Paracanoe Team finishing as the top rank nation.

On the technical side, Victorian Peter Grant was recognised with the Technical Official of the Year award. Grant who has been a Technical Official for 18 years, became a Slalom International Technical Official (ITO) in 2005 and has held many positions since, including Chair of the Victorian Technical Committee and Chair of the Australian Technical Committee until 2016. He was also appointed Technical Official for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Australian Canoeing Awards not only recognise the exceptional achievements in paddle sports in the elite environment but across a range of categories including adventurous paddlers, instructors and club volunteers.

The Excellence Award is awarded for services to canoeing in either administration or sporting endeavour over a “significant” period of time and this year was awarded to Western Australian Canoe Slalom coach Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic for his outstanding contribution over twenty five years in Australia to WA slalom and to the broader Australian slalom community.

The 2017 Award of Merit, which is awarded for outstanding achievement in canoeing in either administration or sporting endeavour, this year went to Paralympic silver medallist and 2017 ICF Paracanoe World Champion Amanda Reynolds (VIC), Paralympic bronze medallist and 2017 ICF Paracanoe World Champion Susan Seipel (QLD) as well as to Olympian and U23 K1 1000m World Champion Alyssa Bull (QLD).

Western Australian Sandy Robson received the 2017 Olegas Truchanas Canoeing Award Award for kayaking 23,000kms on the historic Oskar Speck route from Germany to Australia. The Award celebrates an active or tour which best exemplifies the spirit of Olegas Truchanas, who shared his passion for the natural environment through photography, publishing environmental issues and teaching young people how to face the challenges of life. Robson covered the trip in four stages spread over the years 2011 to 2014 with the longest stage covering 4233km (Germany to Cyprus) and the shortest covering 2240km (Indian West Coast and Gulf of Mannar).

The President’s Award went to Jason Dicker (TAS) from Tamar Canoe Club, who also was awarded Life Membership together with Peter Carter (SA) and five-time Olympian Dennis Green (NSW).

Australian Canoeing’s awards night also recognised the Master Canoeist of the Year and Instructor of the Year.

The Australian Canoeing Annual Awards recognise and honour the achievements of Australian Canoeing’s athletes, coaches and volunteers across 16 categories. This year’s Annual Awards Dinner also incorporated the inaugural Australian Canoeing Hall of Fame Induction with Australian Canoeing recognising twelve of its sporting greats.

“It’s been an amazing night celebrating the Hall of Fame together with the Awards and all the history coming with it. There are a lot of people that I knew but I didn’t know their full story so that was really lovely.” Canoeist of the Year Jessica Fox said. “I think everybody learnt a lot tonight and it’s great to reflect on the history in our sport and to celebrate the achievements of the inductees, the current athletes as well as the volunteers, who work behind the scenes.”

The 2017 annual awards were presented at a Gala Dinner at the Mantra Legends on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, 4 November 2017.

See a list of finalists for the 2017 Australian Canoeing Awards winners here:

CANOEIST OF THE YEAR – OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CATEGORY
− Jessica Fox (NSW), Penrith Valley Canoeing

CANOEIST OF THE YEAR – NON-OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CATEGORY
− Alyce Burnett (QLD), Sunshine Coast Paddlesports Club Inc.

JUNIOR CANOEIST OF THE YEAR – OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CATEGORY
− Dylan Littlehales (NSW), Avoca Kayak Club

JUNIOR CANOEIST OF THE YEAR – NON-OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CATEGORY
− Erin Blanch (QLD), Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club

PARACANOEIST OF THE YEAR
− Curtis McGrath (QLD), Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club Inc

MASTER CANOEIST OF THE YEAR
− Michael Leverett (VIC), Barwon Heads Canoe Club

TEAM OF THE YEAR
− 2017 Senior Men’s Canoe Sprint K4 1000m: Ken Wallace (QLD), Murray Stewart (NSW), Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW) and Jordan Wood (QLD)

COACH OF THE YEAR
− Andrea King (QLD), Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club

PEOPLE’s CHOICE AWARD
− Erin Blanch (QLD), Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club

PRESIDENT’s AWARD
− Jason Dicker, Tamar Canoe Club

EXCELLENCE AWARD
− Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic (WA), Swan Canoe Club

SERVICES TO CANOEING
− Ross Cook (QLD), Sandgate Canoe Club Inc
− Marion Ewing (WA), Swan Canoe Club

INSTRUCTOR AND GUIDE OF THE YEAR
− Angela Welsh (NSW), Sydney Harbour Kayaks

TECHNICAL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
− Peter Grant (VIC), Melbourne Canoe Club

THE OLEGAS TRUCHANAS CANOEING AWARD
− – Sandy Robson (WA)

AWARD OF MERIT
− Amanda Reynolds (VIC), Patterson Lakes Canoe Club
− Alyssa Bull (QLD), Sunshine Coast Paddlesports Club Inc
− Susan Seipel (QLD), Brisbane Canoeing Inc

LIFE MEMBERS
− Jason Dicker
− Peter Carter
− Dennis Green

2017 Australian Canoeing Annual Awards recognise achievements in Australian paddle sport

Olympic medallist and 2017 Canoe Slalom World Champion in the women’s K1 Jessica Fox (NSW) and Paralympic champion and 2017 ParaCanoe World Champion Curtis McGrath (QLD) headline the high-calibre list of athletes, coaches and volunteers who have been announced as finalists for the Australian Canoeing 2017 Annual Awards.

The awards recognise and honour the achievements of Australian Canoeing’s athletes, coaches and volunteers across 16 categories. The winners will be announced at the Australian Canoeing Annual Awards Dinner to be held at Surfers Paradise on Saturday, 4 November 2017. This year’s Annual Awards Dinner will also incorporate the inaugural Australian Canoeing Hall of Fame Induction.

“Our annual Awards provide us with opportunity to recognise the exceptional achievements of many people and across all aspects of our sports. Congratulations must go to all of those who are nominated for awards. It is their efforts that define the strength and profile of our organisation that benefits us all and we are looking forward to celebrating with everyone who made such a difference to our sport and organisation in the past year,” Andrea McQuitty, President Australian Canoeing, said.

All award finalists had exceptional results this year. Canoeist of the Year finalist Jessica Fox wrapped up another outstanding canoe slalom season with the World Champion title in the K1 at the recent ICF Slalom World Championships in Pau, France. Fox finished the international season with a total of 13 individual medals and three team medals in the women’s C1 and K1 events at the World Cups and World Championships. She is also a finalist for the Team of the Year Award together with sister Noemi Fox (NSW) and Kate Eckhardt (TAS).

Fox faces strong competition in the Canoeist of the Year category with fellow nominee and Paralympic Champion Curtis McGrath (QLD) holding two World Championship titles to his name in both the K1 and V1 paracanoe events after winning gold at the 2017 Paracanoe World Championships in both events. McGrath is also a finalist for the Paracanoeist of the Year award together with Paralympic medallists and 2017 ICF Paracanoe World Champions Amanda Reynolds (VIC) and Susan Seipel (QLD).

Olympian Alyce Burnett (QLD), who had a strong season in both the K1 and K2 and won the World Championship title in the K1 1000m at the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships as well as Olympian and U23 K1 1000m World Champion Alyssa Bull (QLD) complete the four Canoeist of the Year finalists.

Alyce Burnett is also a finalist for the Canoeist of the Year Non-Olympic category together with Australia’s number one men’s K1 marathon paddler Josh Kippin (WA), who won both the K1 and K2 at the 2016 and 2017 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships.

2017 K4 1000m World Champions Ken Wallace (QLD), Jordan Wood (QLD), Murray Stewart (NSW) and Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW) are recognised for their outstanding international season by making the finalist list of the 2017 Team of the Year. They are up against Jessica Fox, Noemie Fox and Kate Eckhardt, who won bronze in the women’s K1 team event at the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships. Also amongst the finalists are Brianna Jones (VIC) and Hannah Scott (VIC), who made the Junior Marathon team in 2016 and finished ninth at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships. The pair also won the Under 18 Women K2 at the 2017 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships.

Australian Canoeing’s future is looking bright with a number of high-performing Junior paddlers recognised in the Junior of the Year – Olympic award category, including Australian Junior Slalom Team paddler Lachlan Bassett (VIC) and Australian U23 and Junior Canoe Sprint Team paddlers Alexandria Choate (WA) and Mackenzie Duffy (QLD). Paracanoeist Dylan Littlehales (NSW), who is racing in the senior competition at age 17 and finished fifth at the 2017 Paracanoe World Championships in the Men’s KL3 200m, completes this category. 

In the Junior of the Year – Non-Olympic award category Australian Marathon Canoe Team paddler Erin Blanch (QLD) is amongst the finalists together with Junior Wildwater World Championships team paddler James O’Donoghue Hayes (VIC) and Wildwater National Junior team paddler Georgia Tonkin (VIC).

Joining all the athletes in the finalist announcement are three Australian Canoeing national team coaches, who are nominated for Coach of the Year. 2015 and 2016 Coach of the Year winner and Paralympic National team coach Andrea King (QLD) is once again amongst the finalists. Other finalists are U23 and Junior sprint team coach Ramon Andersson (WA) and Canoe Slalom, National Talent Squad and Junior Team coach Warwick Draper (VIC).

Australian Canoeing’s night of recognition will also feature the Master Canoeist of the Year, Instructor of the Year, Technical Official of the Year, Special Services to Canoeing, the Award of Merit, the Award of Excellence as well as the President’s Award.

The annual awards will be presented at a Gala Dinner at the Mantra Legends on the Gold Coast on Saturday, 4 November 2017.

See a list of finalists for the Australian Canoeing 2017 Annual Awards here:

CANOEIST OF THE YEAR – OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CATEGORY

  • Alyssa Bull (QLD)
  • Alyce Burnett (QLD)
  • Jessica Fox (NSW)
  • Curtis McGrath (QLD)

CANOEIST OF THE YEAR – NON-OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CATEGORY

  • Alyce Burnett (QLD)
  • Josh Kippin (WA)

JUNIOR CANOEIST OF THE YEAR – OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CATEGORY

  • Lachlan Bassett (VIC)
  • Alexandria Choate (WA)
  • Mackenzie Duffy (QLD)
  • Dylan Littlehales (NSW)

JUNIOR CANOEIST OF THE YEAR – NON-OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CATEGORY

  • Erin Blanch (QLD)
  • James O’Donoghue-Hayes (VIC)
  • Georgia Tonkin (VIC)

PARACANOEIST OF THE YEAR 

  • Curtis McGrath (QLD)
  • Amanda Reynolds (VIC)
  • Susan Seipel (QLD)

MASTER CANOEIST OF THE YEAR

  • Roz Barber (TAS)
  • Michael Leverett (VIC)

TEAM OF THE YEAR

  • 2017 Senior Men’s Canoe Sprint K4 1000m: Ken Wallace (QLD), Murray Stewart (NSW), Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW) and Jordan Wood (QLD)
  • 2017 U23 Women’s Canoe Slalom K1 team: Jessica Fox (NSW), Noemie Fox (NSW) and Kate Eckhardt (TAS)
  • 2016 Junior Women’s Marathon K2 team: Hannah Scott (VIC) and Brianna Jones (VIC)

COACH OF THE YEAR

  • Ramon Andersson (WA)
  • Warwick Draper (VIC)
  • Andrea King (QLD)

INSTRUCTOR AND GUIDE OF THE YEAR

  • Mark Hessling and Tony Hirst (QLD)
  • Angela Welsh (NSW)

Other awards that will also be awarded on the night include

  • Technical Official of the Year
  • The Olegas Truchanas Canoeing Award
  • Award of Merit
  • Excellence Award
  • Services to Canoeing
  • People’s Choice Award
  • President’s Award