2018 Wildwater Team Announcement

Australian Canoeing is please to announce the selections for the 2018 Wildwater Senior Team to compete at the World Cup and World Championships.

To view the selections please click HERE

Wildwater Nationals and Schools Results

The 2018 Wildwater National Championships were held on the Goulburn River, Victoria. The event ran from the 8 th to the 9 th January 2018. The Goulburn River site is a manmade site situated about 5km downstream of the Eildon pondage dam. The site is generally used for irrigation flow during the summer months which allowed for ideal Wildwater conditions.

With 120 entries in the sprint events and 60 entries in the classic events, it was great to see such a high level of participation from paddlers at the event. A large portion of the numbers came from the increase in participation from the 12 to 16 age groups, with a number of these paddlers demonstrating they are on the verge of meeting selection standards for the National team. It was
good to see the increase development of the paddlers within Wildwater.

The sprint race was run from the Blue Gums Caravan Park and finished at bend at the end of the rapid. The aim of this race is for paddlers to choose the fastest line down the rapid to cross the finish line the fastest. The course for the sprint event was approximately 300 metres from start to finish. Most athletes found the fastest line through the main wave was on the left hand side of the wave. However the most spectacular line was through the middle of the wave.

The classic race is an endurance event which took the paddlers from the top of the course through 3km of rapids down to the same finish line as the sprint race.

Catch some action on Youtube with videos produced by Charlie Collin.

Congratulations to all athletes in their achievements, efforts and triumphs throughout the races, and good luck with the final selection race in Eildon.

We would like thank Chris Wharton, Russell Bassett, Lyne Strmecki and Laura Montalto for their efforts in ensuring the event ran smoothly. As well thank you to all the volunteers who helped
throughout the event.

For a full list of results from Wildwater Schools and Nationals please see below.

Nationals

Schools

2018 Wildwater Senior team selection race results

Three of the four selection races for the 2018 Australian Wildwater Team were held at the famous Sharks Tooth rapid on the Mitta Mitta River below the pondage dam at Dartmouth. Our thanks go to Goulburn Murray Water for aligning one of their releases with our race dates. There was a peak flow of 2980 ML/d which gave us a very good level at the Sharks Tooth rapid.

Congratulations to all athletes in their achievements, efforts and triumphs throughout the races, and good luck with the final selection race in Eildon.

We would like thank Chris Wharton, Russell Bassett, Lyne Strmecki and Laura Montalto for their efforts in ensuring the event ran smoothly. As well thank you to all the volunteers who helped throughout the event; Roger Douglass, Neille Humphry, Leesa Collin, Roy Farrance, Karen Janisewski, Sean O’Donoghue-Hayes, Greg Cowling, Peter McIntyre, Frank Strmecki and Louis Hughes.

Please click here to view results and images from the event.

2018 Australian Wildwater Senior Team

Nominations and Selections criteria are now opened for the 2018 Australian Wildwater Senior Team to compete at the ICF Wildwater World Championships in Muota, Switzerland (31 May – 3 June 218) and World Cups 1-4 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (8-10 June 2018) and Celje, Slovenia (15-17 June 2018). (Nominations close 25th December 2016)

The Australian Canoeing Selection Procedure Bylaw has been amended, please make sure you review the bylaw.

If you wish to nominated for a team, please submit your nomination for the team, please click here.

Australian Canoeing would like to direct all athletes nominating to clause 2.3.2(c). The nomination of $70 which normally applies to a team nomination will not apply for this team. Please submit your nomination and proceed past the payment page by selecting eft payment. Australian Canoeing will then amend the invoice on your behalf.

Nominations will close Thursday 22 December, 2018.

 

Dates confirmed for the 2018 Slalom and Wildwater National Championships

Dates confirmed for the 2018 Slalom and Wildwater National Championships

 

Following discussions with Canoeing Victoria, Australian Canoeing is pleased to confirm that the 2018 Wildwater National Championships will be held in conjunction with the 2018 Slalom National Championships on the Goulburn River, at Eildon VIC between 4 – 12 January 2018. The schedule of the events will be confirmed as soon as possible. The Wildwater National Championships will encompass all age categories being Junior, U23, Senior and Masters.

Australian Canoeing seeks to maximise the likelihood that selection of the 2018 Wildwater Senior Team takes place in suitable conditions. A number of alternatives have been explored on the basis that the conditions at Eildon may not be suitable. Obviously it is impossible to predict which rivers will have good water flow in January.

A selection event is being scheduled to take place in Victoria immediately following the 2018 Slalom/Wildwater Championships, provisionally on Sunday 14th January. The venue for the selection event will be confirmed shortly. This selection event will only be held if the likely conditions are deemed to be more suitable than those during the National Championships. A final decision as to whether this selection event proceeds will be made during the 2018 National Championships by the Selectors.

“We have looked at a range of options. In the interests of developing the discipline, we are keen to see all those with an interest in Wildwater paddling racing at the same event,” explained Phil Jones, CEO of Australian Canoeing. “However we recognise that the National Championships may not offer appropriate conditions from which to select a team to attend the World Championships.”

“We are very conscious of the costs involved for athletes and their families. We have considered options in other states but wish to avoid the need for people to travel twice. I hope the athletes involved will support this approach and get behind the event.”

Entries will be opened for the National Championships in the coming weeks.

Please note dates and locations are all subject to the availability of water.