Australian Canoe Marathon Championships Newsletter #1

Canoe Marathon / Nov 27, 2013

2014 ‘Be the Influence Tackling Binge Drinking’



Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria

18 to 20 April, 2014


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Welcome to the first newsletter for the 2014 ‘Be the Influence Tackling Binge Drinking’ Australian Canoe Marathon Championships.

Each newsletter will contain useful and vital information on a number of topics, the competition venue, course, officials, services available and accommodation information.

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PLEASE NOTE: content is subject to change.

FOR THE DIARYImportant Dates and Times

Friday 4 April


Early bird entries close

Tuesday 15 April


Close of entries – no further entries will be accepted after this time

Friday 18 April

Lake Wendouree

9:30am – 3:30pm



10am – 3pm




Team Leaders meeting



Officials briefing






Selection meeting (selectors + nominating athletes)

Saturday 19 April

Lake Wendouree


START: Singles – All except selection classes



START: Selection classes – singles

Sunday 20 April

Lake Wendouree


START: Doubles – All except selection classes



START: Selection classes – doubles



Championship Dinner – Ballarat & District Trotting Club

Main Officials

Competition Committee

Chief Official – Mark Murray

Safety Officer – Martin Finn

Chief Course Umpire – Tom Hirrschoff

Competition Manager – Joe Alia / Glen Rose

Competition Secretary – Jeremy Dunn (contact email: )

Team Leaders

All States are requested to provide the name and contact details for their Team Leaders as soon as possible, to the Competition Secretary at email


As always, volunteers are required to help run the championships. If you think you may have a couple of spare hours during the weekend, please contact the competition secretary ASAP.

There will be two blocks of racing on Saturday and two on Sunday where assistance will be required.


Lake Wendouree is 2.5K from the centre of Ballarat.  The lake has been used for many rowing regattas and canoe events over the years and was the home of rowing for the 1956 Olympics. During the recent drought the lake was dry but has now been returned to its former glory and measures have been taken to ensure it stays that way.

Weather conditions in April are the normal Victorian autumn, cool in the morning with generally clear days. Wind will be a factor with a lake course but April is one of the better months for avoiding high winds.

Race headquarters is located just near the finishing box at the southwestern end of the lake.

How to Get There

Ballarat is easily accessible by plane, car and train.

Plane – Virgin, QANTAS and Jetstar fly to Melbourne Tullamarine airport from all capital cities and Jetstar also flies into Avalon airport, which is closer to Geelong.  Both airports are 1Hr 20min from Ballarat.

Car – From Melbourne follow the Western Highway and take the first exit to Ballarat (route C805).  Follow for 5.1K then turn right in to Grenville St South, then first left to continue onto C805. After 3.2K turn right onto Morrison St. At end of the road turn left onto Wendouree Parade.

Train –trains run regular services from Melbourne to Ballarat. For more information on these services see V/Line schedules at


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Championships Dinner

The Championships Dinner will be held at Ballarat & District Trotting Club, Bray Raceway, Bell St Ballarat at 6:30pm on Sunday 20 April.  Tickets will be available for purchase online. 

Medals for the selection classes will be presented at the dinner.

On-Line Entries

The on-line entries are expected to be available from 1 January 2014. You will need your Australian Canoeing membership number when entering.  Please ensure that you are a current financial member before attempting to enter.

The Course

Note: Courses may change depending on conditions and other unforeseen factors.

As this is a lake course it is subject to wind.

Course layout may change.

Photo above