The 2016 Australian Slalom and Wildwater Championships and the 2015 Australian Schools Championships will be in Tasmania – January 1-12, 2016. Event organisation will be a collaboration between Canoe TAS and Canoeing WA. This web page is the focal point for information, news, start lists and results for the series.
The Wildwater and Slalom on the Upper Mersey is within the Whitewater Reserve that is now managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS). As a permit condition set by the Parks and Wildlife Service to conduct the event at the Mersey Whitewater Regional Reserve, dogs are banned unless the owner has a permit for a companion dog, assistance dog or guide dog. If the owner has a permit, the dog will be allowed, but will need to be on a lead or restrained/under effective control.
PWS Staff have been an enormous help in clearing trees and branches damaged by heavy snow in August 2015 and Canoe Tasmania are extremely grateful for their assistance. The Canoeing fraternity can help keep this reserve a special place for flora, fauna and whitewater paddling by not lighting fires, taking rubbish out, ensuring equipment brought in is clean and dry and by leaving dogs at home.
The event organisers request that those attending the event do not bring dogs. Failure to comply may lead to the owner receiving a fine and may jeopardise any permits to conduct future events at the Mersey Course.
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|JAN 2016||Program Overview|
|Australian Wildwater and Slalom Champs 2016
Upper Mersey River.
|WW Rapid Sprint and Slalom Training
|8th-9th||All Schools Slalom and Wildwater practice
|10th-12th||2015 Australian All Schools Championships
For more Program details, click on the Program Tab.
1100-1300: Tas & NSW
Online Entries (including late entries) are now closed. For enquiries email: AusSWWChamps.Enquiries@gmail.com – but this email may not be monitored after the 31st of Dec due to the lack of the Internet at the Upper Mersey.
See also the Facebook group page that has been setup with ideas and discussions about transport ideas and accommodation suggestions.
The Spirit of Tasmania have spots reserved (for a limited time only) and a 5% discount for those coming to the Championships. Please click the link below to go to their Web page that has all the details. Remember that Tasmania has strict quarantine to keep out nasties. Please be aware that any fruit, vegetables, plants, fish or fish products cannot be brought onto the ship and must be declared and/or disposed of prior to boarding. Boats also must be clean and dry.
January 2016 Program
A more detailed program in PDF format to save to your smart phone/tablet.
On arrival at the Upper Mersey, visit the information board on the side of the shelter at the Mersey Slalom Course in case there has been a need to make some changes. Start lists will also be posted on the information board and team managers will need to verify them and report errors ASAP.
Note the following changes have been made as a result of the need to reduce the water time – Tasmania has had one of the driest winters and springs on record. Fortunately Hydro Tasmania has carefully managed the lack of inflows with the events in mind and has been able to hold back enough water for the event to proceed with minimal impact on the program. For this we are very grateful.
|Upper Mersey||Australian Wildwater and Slalom Champs 2016|
|Fri 1st||AM: Wildwater Practice
PM: Wildwater Practice
PM: Slalom Practice (see detailed program for state allocations)
PM: Wildwater practice, top Bridge to Berlin Wall
|Sat 2nd||AM: Wildwater Sprint
PM: Slalom Training after Sprint Teams
PM: Wildwater Sprint Teams
|Sun 3rd||AM: Wildwater Classic
PM: Slalom Training
PM: Wildwater Teams
|Mon 4th||AM: Wildwater training – Classic finish to Lake
AM: Slalom Training
PM: Slalom Training
PM: Wildwater Lower Classic (Gemini rocks to Lake)
PM: Slalom Course Constructions & Demo Runs
& Slalom paddlers and officials briefing at Slalom Course Car Park.
& Welcome Function at the course after Demos
|Tue 5th||AM: Slalom Nationals – MC2, WC1, Masters MK1 (1st and 2nd runs)
PM: Slalom Nationals – MK1, Mixed C2 (1st and 2nd runs)
|Wed 6th||AM: Slalom Nationals – Wk1, MC1, WC2 (1st and 2nd runs)
Lunch: + Finals Course modifications
PM: Non stop Demo run
PM: Slalom Nationals Finals for WC1 and MK1
|Thu 7th||AM: Session 1: Slalom Nationals Finals for MC1, WK1 and MC2?
AM: Session 2: Slalom Teams
PM: Dignitaries rafting
PM: Finals Presentations and Dinner @ Mole Creek
WW Sprint Race and Slalom Training – strictly for Experienced Paddlers only
|Fri 8th||9:00 – 10:15 WW Sprint Training only
11:00 – 17:00 Slalom training – 4 x 90 min
(Sessions 1, 2, 3 & 4)
17:00 – 18:30 WW Sprint Training only
|Sat 9th||9:00 – 10:20 WW Sprint Selection Training
10:30 – 15:00 Slalom training – 3 x 90 min
(Sessions 5, 6 & 7)
15:30 – 16:30 WW Sprint Race
2015 Australian All Schools Championships
|Fri 8th||Slalom and Wildwater practice for schools competitors|
|Sat 9th||Slalom and Wildwater practice for schools competitors|
|Sun 10th||AM: All Schools Wildwater Classic
PM: All Schools Wildwater Sprint
PM: Slalom Setup, Demo runs and 15 years and under age groups practice run.
EVENING: Competition BBQ and Wildwater Presentations.
|Mon 11th||AM: All Schools Slalom
PM: All Schools Slalom
|Tue 12th||AM: All Schools Slalom
PM: Presentations – approx. 3:00pm
For the most up to date program after the 30th of Dec, please see the Information board at the Mersey Slalom course.
Please review the following documents to ensure your name appears in the classes you selected when entering. If your name is not present, please check the information board on arrival at Forth.
(all updated 29/12/2015 – you may need to refresh)
Slalom Age Champions
Slalom Open Finals
Note: This list does not confirm that you have paid, it just confirms that your entry has been submitted.