VENUE CHANGE: 2017 Schools Championships

Canoe Slalom / Featured / General / Nov 29, 2016


2016 Australian Canoeing Schools Slalom Championship

The ongoing challenge for Canoe Slalom across Australia will continue to be accessible, dependable and sustainable water – the “magical” river water that provides our highs and lows.  Unfortunately, due to there not being any person/body willing or able within the confines of licenses, timelines or legislation to provide our sport with the water required to stage the 2017 Schools Canoe Slalom Championship at Glenbawn it has necessarily been cancelled . This outcome has  frustrated and dismayed all involved in the several working bees to clear the course and organise the event to this point.

The decision to move this event has caused considerable inconvenience to many people inclusive of accommodation providers and guests.  Accommodation providers in the Glenbawn Region have been asked to assist Canoe Slalom members where possible regarding costs/deposits/payments already incurred.

The inability to access water at Glenbawn has drained our resources and patience. Pursuing a sport so intrinsically dependent on water provides an unavoidable yet hidden cost/sting at times! At this point I want to acknowledge and thank those people who have progressed us to this stage and encourage their further efforts.

Moving forward, the volunteer organizing committee have already committed to ensure the 2016 Schools Canoe Slalom Championship will go ahead at an alternate venue.



2016 Australian Canoeing Schools Slalom Championship

Monday 2nd January  – Friday 6th January 2017 

Gloucester – New South Wales

The 2016 Australian Canoeing Schools Slalom Championship will be held on the Barrington River at Gloucester (NSW) utilizing “the steps” canoe slalom course.Gloucester is near the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park. The beautiful wilderness and an enchanting conservation area is ideal for walking, camping and adventure sports. The region is also famous for gold deposits and the colonial bushranger Captain Thunderbolt. Gloucester is 3.5 Hours from Sydney / 1.5 Hours from Newcastle by road and is serviced by NSW City Link trains.


2016 Australian Canoeing Schools Slalom Championship

The competition venue is on the banks of the “Steps Campground” operated by Barrington Outdoor Adventure  –