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Date Article
19 Apr 2014 Follow live results from the Marathon Nationals
18 Apr 2014 European nations set to dominate
18 Apr 2014 Victorian Downriver and Rapid Sprint Dates for 2014
17 Apr 2014 All set for national canoe marathon titles in Ballarat
17 Apr 2014 Prskavec and Grigar headline a strong K1M field
17 Apr 2014 Canoe Polo Nationals Update
14 Apr 2014 Nomination Criteria for 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Announced
14 Apr 2014 Canoe Polo National Championships
14 Apr 2014 Team Navy
9 Apr 2014 ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships Preview
9 Apr 2014 Updated marathon selection policy
8 Apr 2014 Flood and Tame star at Aussies
7 Apr 2014 The international descent of the river Sella
7 Apr 2014 Update 2 - Marathon National Championships
4 Apr 2014 Marathon #5 the Pinjarra to Ravenswood race
24 Mar 2014 2014 Marathon Worlds March Newsletter
20 Mar 2014 Update - Marathon National Championships
15 Feb 2014 ICF Newsletter and Bohinj World Cup Update
12 Feb 2014 Marathon #4 The Canning Race

Follow live results from the Marathon Nationals

Sam Lyons, Saturday, 19 April 2014

Keep up to date with all the results from this weekends Canoe Marathon National Championships

Live Results


European nations set to dominate

Brodie Crawford
Tom Collings, Friday, 18 April 2014

We preview the C1M and C2M events ahead of the ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships that begin next week.

The U23 C1M event will see 48 paddlers fight it out to be declared World Champion down the Sydney Olympic course.

It is one of the more open events with 11 of the top 50 ICF ranked canoeists competing.

Italian Roberto Colazingari is the highest ranked among them, 21st in the world.

Colazingari will be looking to improve on his fifth place finish at last year’s U23 World Championships in Liptovsky Mikulas.

Two paddlers that beat him in 2013 were Slovakian pair Patrik Gajarsky and Jergus Badura.

Gajarsky will be out to defend his title after edging Czech Martin Riha and Badura for the win last year.

Other canoeists in the mix include 2013 finalists Luka Bozic of Slovenia and American Zachary Lokken.

Frenchman Killian Foulon, British paddler Thomas Quinn and Argentinian Sebastian Rossi are others expected to be in the mix.

Australia will be represented by Victorian Jaxon Merritt and Tasmanian Daniel Watkins. 

Neither athlete is expected to feature prominently as their preferred discipline is K1.

However they will get a taste of the course a day earlier for the K1 heats and with their local course knowledge anything is possible.

A smaller field of 34 athletes will contest the junior C1M event.

Irishman Liam Jegou, Slovakian Martin Mracna and Italian Raffaello Ivaldi are amongst the favourites to be declared junior world champion.

All three athletes currently feature inside the top 100 in the ICF rankings.

Mracna and Jegou both featured in last year’s final finishing fourth and sixth respectively.

Slovakian Marko Gurecka was another who impressed in front of his local crowd last year finishing seventh.

Other international athletes to follow closely include Canadian Zachary Zwaneburg, British canoeist Samuel Ibbotson and German Florian Breuer.

Western Australian Brodie Crawford has the 10th highest ranking of those on the start list and is aiming for a place in the final this year.

He will be joined by fellow Western Australian Steven Lowther and Melbourne’s Tristan Carter. The latter will be making his Junior World Championships debut.

Crawford and Lowther will also team up for the junior C2M event.

The pair finished second at the Australian Open earlier in the year and will fancy their chances of upstaging their more fancied rivals.

A small field of ten boats will contest the C2M event with Slovenian pair Niko Testen and Jakob Jeklin the highest ranked crew, 63rd in the world.

The Czech Republic will be well represented with two of its three crews featuring in last year’s final.

Jan Vetrovsky and Michael Matejka finished eighth, while Jan Mrazek and Tomas Rousek combined to finish tenth.

American duo Gabriel Machado and William Coggan will be another crew to follow closely after finishing 14th a year earlier.

A slightly larger field of 13 boats will contest the U23 C2M event.

Traditional rivals the Czech Republic, Poland, Great Britain and France are expected to fight it out for the medals.

2013 silver medallists’ Jonas Kaspar and Marek Sindler head into the event as the top ranked boat.

The Czech pair will head into the event as narrow favourites ahead of two Polish crews.

The first of the Polish crews features brothers Filip and Andrezi Brzeninski who collected the bronze medal last year.

Michal Wiercioch and Grzegorz Majerczak is the second Polish pair, themselves finished a highly respectable fifth in the 2013 final.

Frenchman Yves Prigent and Loic Kervella, Brazilian duo Anderson Oliveira and Charles Correa, and Japanese relatives Shota and Tsubasa Sasaki will be others in the mix.

The K1W and C1W previews will be published on Monday.

Profiles for all the Australian athletes competing have been published on the Australian Canoeing website. To read the profiles and for more important race information please follow the links below.

Other Links
 Official website
 Official Facebook
 Athlete Profiles
 K1M Preview

Victorian Downriver and Rapid Sprint Dates for 2014

Mary Macaluso, Friday, 18 April 2014

The introduction of rapid sprints has opened the door for a whole new group of athletes.

Rapid sprints are a lot of fun, therefore the races below have been opened up to include a range of boats (slalom, creek, surf & touring.) 

Rapid sprints are also great for:

  • beginner paddlers as competitors remain within view of spectators/safety 
  • slalom paddlers to enhance their training, and to experience some new opportunities 
  • surf and multisport athletes, an opportunity to further develop their skill) 
  • marathon paddlers thinking about developing their skills on moving water before the Avon Descent or international WW marathons

Many of the top wildwater paddlers have made the transition into world championship flat-water events, such as Olympics and world championships with great results ( eg Max Hoff and many more). Many of these athletes have been regarded highly for their excellent feel of the water, a skill that is further developed on moving water.

So come along if you are a slalom, sprint, surf, creek, polo or marathon paddler looking for new training or racing opportunities. Both the classic (3-5km) and rapid sprints (300-500 metres) have team events, and the national committee is keen to develop the Australian teams for competition overseas in World Championship and World Cup events. 

For more details please email Tony Misson at

You should consider trying out some of the following events.

·         17-May-14 Yarra Classic  Venue TBA (depending on water level)

·         14-Jun-14 Yarra Sprint Venue Griffiths Park

·         19-Jul-14 Big River Country Series/ Classic

·         16-Aug-14 King River Country Series Classic

·         30-Aug-14 Yarra Sprint Warrandyte Bridge

·         6 Sep-14 Vic Schools DR

·         14-Sep-14 Vic Champs Homestead to Wittons. Classic

·         11-Oct-14 Yarra Sprint Dights Falls

·         15-Nov-14 Vic Rapid Sprint Champs - Goulburn River

All classes and boats will be catered for, and practice runs and coaching is available.

Phone Chris 98488097 or 0400043313.

Registration from 9 am and briefing at am start


All set for national canoe marathon titles in Ballarat

Michael Pollock, The Courier, Thursday, 17 April 2014

LAKE Wendouree will play host to the 2014 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships this weekend.

LAKE Wendouree will play host to the 2014 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships this weekend.

More than 200 paddlers from across the country as well as several international competitors will converge on Ballarat on Saturday and Sunday.

It will be the first time the city has hosted the event that traditionally revolves from state to state each year.

Ballarat Regional Tourism and the Ballarat Amateur Canoe Club were two of several organisations pushing for this year's hosting rights after Lake Wendouree successfully hosted the Victorian Masters Championships last year. 

The national championships will feature about 250 competitors of all ages competing across courses ranging from six to 32 kilometres long.

BACC president Graeme Bowes believes Lake Wendouree is the perfect location for such an event and hopes that the high standard of competition displayed will help renew interest in the sport.

"It's the first time that an event like this, of this calibre, has been held in Ballarat," Bowes said.

"It's a magnificent piece of water here - we're fortunate enough to have to competition courses mapped out to suit the conditions.

"The (interest in) canoeing has built up since the lake refilled but we still have more recreation paddlers than we do competitive paddlers and we need more people to compete."

Other Links
 The Courier story

Prskavec and Grigar headline a strong K1M field

Jaxon Merritt
Tom Collings, Thursday, 17 April 2014

AC preview the K1M event just six days out from the start of the ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships in Penrith.

World number 11 Jiri Prskavec will be the man to beat in the U23 K1M event.

The Czech star produced a fantastic season in 2013 which was capped off by winning silver at the senior World Championships in front of his home crowd in Prague.

At last year’s U23 World Championships he was outclassed by Frenchman Mathieu Biazizzo. 

The world number 22 will face a tough battle to defend his title this year.

Slovakian Martin Halcin and Italian Giovanni De Gennaro are World Cup regulars and will be out to upstage their more fancied opponents.

De Gennaro also featured alongside Prskavec in the senior Worlds final last year, finishing tenth.

Melbourne Canoe Club kayaker Jaxon Merritt heads into the event in career best form after taking out the Oceania Championship earlier in the year.

Merritt is eager to improve on his ninth place finish at last year’s U23 Worlds in Slovakia, with this year his last in the age group.

Fellow Victorian Tim Anderson and Tasmanian Daniel Watkins will join Merritt to represent Australia in the U23 K1M event.

Anderson, 19, will contest his second U23 World Championships and will be looking to improve on his 41st placing last year.

Watkins steps up to the U23 age category this year following an impressive junior career which included victory at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2012.

Merritt and Watkins will also contest the U23 C1 event which will be previewed on Friday.

The Junior K1M competition will see 52 athletes go head to head down the Sydney Olympic course.

Defending champion Jacob Grigar of Slovakia will be the man to beat.

Grigar enters the event as the only junior kayaker inside the top 100 in the ICF Rankings.

Ranked 75, Grigar is a clear favourite but can expect a healthy rivalry with Callum Gilbert of New Zealand, Slovenian Vid Karner, Canadian Ryley Penner and Samuel Stanovsky of Latvia.

Gilbert in particular will be confident of upstaging the Slovak as he is very familiar with the setup in Penrith.

The Bay of Plenty paddler was the standout junior performer at the Australian Open and Oceania Championships where he earmarked himself as a future star.

Another who knows the course exceptionally well is local favourite Angus Thompson.

The 17 year old is Australia’s highest ranked K1M junior, 353 in the world.

Thompson finished 21st last year is a hoping to move up at least five spots this year.

Joining him to fly the Australian flag will be fellow Penrith kayaker Lachlan Croft and Melbourne's Tristan Carter.

The U23 K1M heats will get the ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships underway on Wednesday 23rd April at 9am local time.

Profiles for all the Australian athletes competing have been published on the Australian Canoeing website. To read the profiles and for more important race information please follow the links below.

Other Links
 Official website
 Official Facebook
 Athlete Profiles

Canoe Polo Nationals Update

Australian Canoeing, Thursday, 17 April 2014

2014 Canoe polo nationals update here.

Microjunior rules here.


Nomination Criteria for 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Announced

Australian Canoeing, Monday, 14 April 2014

The AOC has approved criteria for the nomination of one athlete to the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG)

The YOG is for athletes turning 16 or 17 in 2014 (born in 1997 or 1998).

Under the criteria (linked below), AC will nominate one athlete to the AOC from amongst the age eligible athletes who have already nominated for 2014 Australian Teams. No separate nomination is required.

Athletes must be available for the whole YOG program in Nanjing from 16-28 August and take part in both canoeing events, the Canoe Sprint Head to Head race and the Head to Head Canoe Slalom Obstacle Course.

The YOG takes place in Nanjing China from 16-27 August and the Canoeing events will be held on 23/24 August and 26/27 August.

Australia qualified one male kayak athlete under the ICF criteria based on results at the 2013 canoe slalom junior world championship but was unsuccessful in qualifying female quotas or quotas from the 2013 Junior canoe sprint world championships.

64 Athletes from 40 nations have qualified for the YOG to compete in 8 events:
Canoe Sprint Head to Head
Men's Kayak
Women's Kayak
Men's Canoe
Women's Canoe

Head to Head Canoe Slalom Obstacle Course
Men's Kayak
Women's Kayak
Men's Canoe
Women's Canoe

Medals will be awarded in each event.

Other Links
 Nomination & Selection Guidelines
 ICF Qualification Table
 ICF Qualification System
 Canoe Kayak Explanatoy Brochure
 YOG Website

Canoe Polo National Championships

Australian Canoeing, Monday, 14 April 2014

The Be The Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking 2014 Australian Canoe Polo National Championships are on our doorstep.

Taking place at Molonglo Reach from April 19 – 21, the event will attract around 200 athletes plus team support crews to Canberra. The excitement surrounding the Championships has been building for many months now, with recent Australian Canoe Polo Summer Series events providing an insight into the high levels of intensity and professionalism that can be expected within all games taking place over the Easter long weekend.

This year’s National Championships are set to be the largest in 5 years. Thirty-one teams from ACT, NSW, QLD, SA and VIC will be competing at the National Championships in seven divisions: Micro Juniors (u13), Juniors (u16 boys and u18 girls), Youth (u21), Women’s, Open, Veterans (+35yrs) and Masters (+45yrs). The event organizing committee is also extremely proud to announce that this year’s junior division will be the largest at an Australian Canoe Polo National Championships in the past 8-10 years.

Spectators at the event will enjoy tremendous displays of teamwork, physical power, and boat skills by all competing teams. The National Championships are also the final selection event for the Australian Men’s Canoe Polo team, which will be venturing to Thury-Harcourt, France in September to compete at the 2014 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships.

Like the Australian Canoe Polo page on Facebook for match results and general updates about the Championships:


Team Navy

Australian Canoeing, Monday, 14 April 2014

We would like to introduce you to 'Team Navy' who will support Australian Canoeing in presenting the 2014 Junior & U23 World Championships to be held in Penrith from the 23-27 April.

Team Navy is a branding initiative of the Royal Australian Navy, which has been involved with sporting teams since 2011.  Current alliances involve Ford Performance Racing, Mackay’s Friers Offshore Racing, RUSH NSW BMX, Renshaw Racing, Warwick Nowland’s WNR Force 600cc Sportsbike team, George Bass Surfboat Marathon and the Team Navy Driver Chaz Mostert.

Keep an eye out for Team Navy representatives at the big race, and you can find out more information about Team Navy at their website:

'AC is delighted to have Team Navy as a partner at the upcoming World Championships. I’m sure that this will be the start of a long and fruitful alliance as it is quite apparent that there is a synergy between both organisations that extends beyond being water based organisations. In particular, Australian Canoeing identifies with Team Navy’s values of ‘courage’, ‘integrity’, ‘honour’ and ‘honesty’.' AC CEO, Gregory Doyle


ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships Preview

Jessica Fox
Tom Collings, Wednesday, 9 April 2014

350 athletes and officials from 34 countries will contest the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships from 23 to 27 April.

The competition will be held at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, the venue of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Australian Olympic K1W silver medalist Jessica Fox and 2013 World Championship K1M silver medalist Jiri Prskavec of the Czech Republic will headline the event which will showcase the best young talent in the world.

The U23 competition will be fierce with Fox out to defend her U23 C1W Worlds title. The 19 year old will also be looking to improve on her 18th placing in the K1W event.

Despite the C1W being a non-Olympic event, the battle between 2013 World Champion Fox and runner-up Mallory Franklin of Great Britain should be a fierce contest.

Fellow Penrith paddler Alison Borrows and Jane Nicholas of New Zealand will be others in the mix.

Western Australian Georgia Rankin will be the third Australian woman in action.

The U23 K1W will pit Fox against 2013 World Championship bronze medalist Eva Tercelj of Slovenia, and Czech kayaker Katerina Kudejova who will be looking to defend her crown.

Italian Stefanie Horn and British pair Franklin and Kimberley Woods will be others in the mix.

Prskavec will head into the U23 K1M event as the red hot favourite. 

The man who edged Prskavec to the 2013 title, Frenchman Mathieu Biazizzo will be looking to upstage the Czech star once again.

Victorian Jaxon Merritt is in a good form having achieved a career best result winning the Oceania Championship earlier in the year.

The Melbourne Canoe Club paddler will be looking to improve on his ninth place finish at last year’s event in Liptovsky Mikulas and is one of Prskavec’s main challengers.

Other U23 men in contention include American Michael Smolen and Martin Halcin of Slovakia.

Tasmanian Daniel Watkins will compete at his first U23 World Championships following a stellar junior career which included two gold medals at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2012.

Victorian Tim Anderson will be the third of the Australian U23 K1M and will be looking to improve on his 41st placing last year.

Slovakian pair Patrik Gajarsky and Jergus Badura finished first and third respectively in the U23 C1M event in 2013 and look set to fight it out with Slovenian Luka Bozic for the 2014 U23 Worlds title.

Merritt and Watkins will fly the Australian flag but neither are considered title contenders as their preferred discipline in the kayak.

Czech pair Jonas Kasper and Marek Sindler will be looking to go one better than last year in the U23 C2M event after finishing second behind fellow Czech crew Lukas Rohan and Adam Svoboda in 2013.

The Polish crews of Filip and Andrzej Brzezinski, and Michal Wiercioch and Grzegorz Majerczak will be other strong contenders.

The junior events should produce some quality racing with a blanket separating the field in all the events.

New Zealand junior Callum Gilbert was a standout at the Australian Open and Oceania Championships earlier in the year and appears set for an exciting Junior Worlds.

Gilbert enjoys racing on the Penrith course and will be one to watch in the K1M and C1M events.

Reigning junior K1M World Champion Jakub Grigar of Slovakia will be the man to beat as no other member of last year’s top ten is competing this year.

Vid Karner of Slovenia finished 11th in 2013 and appears Grigar’s toughest challenger alongside Gilbert.

Penrith pair Angus Thompson and Lachlan Croft will fly the Australian flag alongside Western Australian Steven Lowther.

Thompson and Croft in particular will be looking to take advantage of their home course knowledge.

Lowther will also fly the Australian flag in the junior C1M and C2M events.

The Western Australian will be joined by fellow statesman Brodie Crawford and Penrith canoeist Tristan Carter to represent Australia in the junior C1M event.

The event is traditionally dominated by strong rivals France, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic and you can expect them to be amongst the medals once again.

Gilbert of New Zealand could be the smokey following an excellent domestic season.

Lowther and Crawford will team up for the junior C2M where they will be looking to win their first Junior Worlds medal.

Czech pair Jan Vetrovsky and Michael Matejka, Niko Testen and Jakob Jeklin of Slovenia and the Kiwi crew of Daniel Munro and Luke Robinson will be other boats in the mix.

The niece of former Olympic Champion Stepanka Hilgertova, Amalie Hilgertova will be looking to make it consecutive junior K1W World titles.

The Czech teenager will face strong competition from 2013 bronze medalist Camille Prigent of France, Ana Satila of Brazil and Slovakian Paulina Matulaniova.

Australian trio Kate Eckhardt of Tasmania, Penrith paddler Noemie Fox and Victorian Eliza Singleton will be other strong contenders.

Eckhardt in particular could be the one to end the European dominance after finishing an impressive eighth in the open K1W event at the Oceania Championships.

Eckhardt and Fox will also contest the junior C1W alongside local canoeist Alexandra Broome of Penrith.

German Karolin Wagner heads in as the favourite and will be looking to make it back to back titles.

Wagner will face tough competition from fellow 2013 medal winners Anna Koblencova of Germany and Brazilian Ana Satila.

Fox was Australia’s highest place finisher in 2013, just missing on a place in the final in 11th.

Racing will commence on Wednesday 23rd April with the qualification (heat) runs for the Junior and U23 K1M, K1W and C2M events.

Demonstration runs will be held a day before on Tuesday 22nd April at 3:00pm local time.

Please follow the links below for more information.

Other Links
 Official website
 Official Facebook Event Page

Updated marathon selection policy

Australian Canoeing, Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The marathon selection policy has had some minor amendments made. 

You can read the policy here, the ammendments are higlighted. 

In light of this update, marathon team nominations have been extended until midnight on the 16th April.

You can reach the nominations here.


Flood and Tame star at Aussies

Lachlan Tame
Tom Collings, Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A host of canoe sprint paddlers were amongst the 5000 athletes that competed at the 2014 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships from 31 March to 6 April.

The event was held at Scarborough Beach in Western Australia.

Avoca Beach kayaker Lachlan Tame completed the surf ski double.

The K1 200 National Champion won his fourth single ski title before combining with close friend Gordon Jones to win the double ski.

The Open single surf ski final also featured another four sprint paddlers. Tate Smith (5th), Sam Norton (10th), Daniel Bowker (11th) and Murray Stewart (15th).

The U19 men single surf ski event saw junior sprint kayaker Riley Fitzsimmons finish second ahead of U23 kayaker Joel McKitterick in third.

Fitzsimmons went one better winning the gold in the U19 Single ski relay for Avoca Beach. Peter Euers of Newport finished third.

Smith and Stewart finished second behind Tame and Jones in the male double ski. Brodie Holmes of Trigg Island finished third.

Smith and Stewart went one better winning the Open Taplin event alongside four other Northcliffe athletes.

Bill Bain of Mooloolaba finished second with fellow U23 National paddler Mark Stowe representing Redhead finishing fifth.

Emerging sprint gun Connor Buhk of Alexandra Headland finished second in the U17 Taplin relay.

Buhk later went one better winning gold in the U17 single ski relay.

Michael Booth was a member of the Northcliffe B team that finished second in the open male surf ski relay.

Smith and Stewart once again finished on the podium in third.

Bain (7th), Stowe (8th) and Smith brothers David and Scott of Warrick Barack (10th) also featured in the final.

In the womens events Naomi Flood and Alyssa Bull were the standout performers.

Bull of Alexandra Headland finished second in the U19 Ironwoman event, 14th in the Open Ironwoman before going one better winning gold in the U19 single ski event.

Western Australian Shannon Reynolds and Deeandra Godoy of Freshwater also featured in the final finishing third and sixth respectively.

Flood went into the record books winning her fifth Open Single ski title ahead of Hannah Davis representing Northcliffe and Hannah Minogue of Bulli.

Caitlin Gilliman and Alyce Burnett rounded out the top five.

Flood finished second in the Open Taplin Relay and third in the Open Rescue Tube Rescue.

Burnett of Maroochydore finished third.  Davis (fourth) and Jaime Roberts (15th) also featured in the final.

Flood won a second gold medal in the Open single surf ski relay. Burnett (fifth) and Davis (sixth) also featured in the final.

Flood then capped off a perfect week of racing winning a third gold medal in the double ski event.

Davis (fourth), Burnett (fifth) and Chloe Sterry (eighth) also featured in the final.

Bain combined with fellow Mooloolaba paddler Kirsty Higgison to win the mixed double ski, which was one of the final events of the competition.

Tame collected another medal finishing third ahead of Flood and Stewart in fourth and fifth respectively.

Follow the links below for results and official SLS wrap ups.

Other Links
 Official website

The international descent of the river Sella

Australian Canoein, Monday, 7 April 2014

Summer is closer than we think and with it comes one of the most important and international canoeing competitions in the world

The Descent of the River Sella in Asturias (Spain) is one of the most looked forward-to festivals of canoeing in the world and an essential date in the calendar!

The International Descent of the River Sella takes place around the first weekend in August. It’s one of the largest canoeing races of its kind in the world, attracting participants from all over the globe to take part (over a thousand!!).

The race starts in the town of Arriondas which is nestled at the foothills of the Picos del Europa and makes its way along a 20 km stretch of the river Sella, finishing at the seaside resort of Ribadesella. For those who don´t know about it, here is a short video. 

The race is the center point of a four day festival that offers concerts and plenty of activities to do, which attracts many visitors to the area. At the same time Asturias celebrates the International Week of Canoeing, celebrating different canoeing events all over the region.

If you are thinking about coming to the crazy race we would be delighted to help you around so we are sending you a very short video with an overview about Asturias and a ready made offer specially for Clubs and Federations all over the world:

If you need further information or a customized plan do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

Kind Regards,

V. Álvarez


Update 2 - Marathon National Championships

Jerry Dunn, Monday, 7 April 2014

Any outstanding invoices must be paid before 16 April 2014.

In the next few days a preliminary entry list will be made available on the web site.
No payment, no start at the championships and there must be no other debts with Australian Canoeing.
Safety of athletes, spectators and others is paramount and the orgainsing committee are committed to this objective. 

The organising committee have obtained an exemption for the wearing of PFD's however this does not mean safety standards will be relaxed.  The exemption comes with conditions.  The exemption can be viewed at

To answer some frequently asked questions.
Do I have to wear a PFD during the championships?
Yes, if you are:
  • Under 16 years of age, or
  • Not a strong or confident swimmer, or
  • Have a medical condition that may affect your ability and increase the chances of a capsize or swim ability, or
  • So directed by the Competition Committee.

Do I still need to bring a PFD to the championships?

Yes, as the Competition Committee may direct you to wear a PFD for the competition.  Should there be such a direction you will need access to a PFD.

Will there be spare PFD's available?

No, it is strictly BYO PFD.

If I use Lake Wendouree for training before Friday, do I have to wear a PFD?

Yes, the exemption is only for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the championships between the times of 7:00am and 4:00pm.  Outside of these tie you will need to wear a PFD.

Merchandise and Dinner Tickets

If you wish to secure your polo shirt or hoodie or both, or dinner tickets these are still available by contacting Connie Todaro on email Connie  Connie will advise method of payment.

Boat Hire

Persons wishing to hire a kayak for the championships can contact Terry Poole on email 

It is planned to have the results live on the web at these championships.  The draw will be available on Thursday 17 April 2014 and will be settled at the Team Leaders meeting on the Friday.  The result will be available on

I like to acknowledge:
  •  the efforts of the organising committee for the championships,
  • Ballarat Regional Tourism,
  • City of Ballarat, and
  • Central Highlands Water.
Central Highlands Water will be supplying water dispensing units at the championships.

Marathon #5 the Pinjarra to Ravenswood race

Pinjarra to Ravenswood
Peter Martin, Friday, 4 April 2014

With Perth having a burst of cool weather it was an ideal day for a 16.3 km hard paddle on the sometimes narrow and winding Murray River.

This race is one of the oldest races in the Marathon Series with records dating back to 1983. The Pinjarra to Ravenswood is a point to point race along a scenic river.

With 82 paddlers doing the Long Course and 9 paddlers doing the Junior Courses there was going to be some excitement along the way.

At the Long Course start the slowest grids went off first with a Division 1 and 2 Doubles Class starting separately from the singles making 6 groups going off at 2 minutes intervals in this narrow stretch of the river. A couple of paddlers found the start a little hectic and took a quick dip to allow things to sort themselves out.

Paddling off the third start (Division 2 Singles) I was soon relegated to the back of the field but with a good wash ride on a slightly faster Ocean Ski, we soon closed the 2 or 4 min gap on the paddlers that had started before us meaning we were no longer last. Passing others builds the excitement and encourages all to greater efforts to stay ahead or go with the boats passing by. At approximately 5 kms into the race the Division 2 Doubles, Division 1 Singles and Division 1 Doubles all ended up on the same patch of water as the Division 2 and 3 craft. That meant that for the next 3 to 5 km slower paddlers always had a faster boat next to them and could enjoy a good ride with a good increase in speed. Marathon racing does not get more exciting than this and was enjoyed by nearly every one on this stretch of the river.  Good positioning allowed the experienced paddlers to extend their rides on faster craft while those with less experienced were in the wrong spot and were left on the outside of the bends, ploughing through the shallows or making sudden turns to avoid overhanging trees.

After a while it all calmed down and only one boat at a time was passing. Paddling under the pipeline signalled the middle of the course with the river starting to widen and the slight head wind becoming more obvious. Turning the last bend and seeing the Ravenswood Hotel you know the finish line is nearby and it will soon be over.  One or two people went off chasing power boats to get more wash riding fun after they finished with racing.

The fastest boat on the day was the K2 of Mark L.(AKC) & Brett M.(MOC) in a time of 1:15:27.9, setting a new record for the 45+ Mens K2. James M. (AKC) led the singles home 8 seconds behind. Samantha P.(AKC) was the fastest lady single on the day finishing in a time of 1:24:08.8.

Overall there were nine previous records broken and seven new class records established. Most notable was Luke E.(CRCC) taking six minutes off Simon Roll’s U12 K1 record from 1991. Mathew & Nicolas G. (AKC) established an U14 K2 record, Ann S. setting a Ladies 55+ WWK1 record and Baillee L. (AKC) in her first long race, setting the record for Open Ladies OS1.

While the big kids where racing down the river the younger paddlers where doing a lap course at Ravenswood. Mason K.(AKC) was the winner in the Novices K1 Class with Jeremy A.(CRCC) in second. The U12 Guppy class was won by Harriette A.(CLBC) from Kelly T.(AKC) while the U10 Guppy class had a tight finish with three seconds separating Emerson A. (CLBC) and Andrew W. at the end.   

Once again we must acknowledge the work being put in by the volunteers who organise and run the event, from those setting up the entries into the computer, doing the registration and timing. Without a power boat John T.(AKC) paddled upstream to meet the paddlers coming in and making sure all made it home. Out thanks go to the two lovely young ladies who helped with the presentation.

West Australia is sending a strong team over to the Nationals in Ballarat, Victoria over Easter. All the best to them and have a good paddle and hope you bring back a medal or two.

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2014 Marathon Worlds March Newsletter

Australian Canoeing, Monday, 24 March 2014

Oklahoma City is proud to host the 2014 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships & Masters World Cup. This newsletter provides information about the race venue and opportunities to experience American culture.

Registration information will be available in the next bulletin.


Welcome to Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City would like to welcome you to the 2014 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships on the Oklahoma River. The Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River is a designated official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, the venue has hosted Olympic Trials for Canoe Sprint in 2008 and 2012, as well as the USA Rowing World Challenge, USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships, USRowing Masters National Championships, and several regional and local regattas over the past decade. Home to the Oklahoma City National High Performance Training Center, the Boathouse District provides training opportunities for both canoe/kayak athletes and rowers. Learn more about the Oklahoma River and the Boathouse District. [More]
Travel & Hotels
Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport is only a 20 minute drive from the event venue, and offers access to many destinations across America for athletes and spectators who are interested in sightseeing while in the USA. Learn more about international driving permits car rental, and other ways to see America. [More] Oklahoma City offers a variety of hotel options located as close as 1.5 miles from the venue! Our detailed hotel list provides you with room options including single, double, and even family rooms. Learn more about our hotel options. [More]
Oklahoma's Western Heritage
Located in the heart of the United States of America, Oklahoma has a unique past. Oklahoma is known for its diverse landscape, as well as cowboy and Native American culture. The state of Oklahoma includes mountain ranges, wide plains, sparkling lakes, and scenic roads featuring historical landmarks and shopping destinations. Oklahoma's capital, Oklahoma City offers its own set of attractions including museums, unique shopping venues, parks, professional sports teams, and much more. Learn more about Oklahoma through the Visitor's Bureau and State Tourism websites. 
Oklahoma's Sporting Presence
In addition to being home to an official Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, Oklahoma City is also home to three professional sports teams. These include the Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma City's professional National Basketball Association (NBA) team, professional ice hockey team the Oklahoma City Barons, and American professional soccer team the Oklahoma City Energy Football Club. Oklahoma City is also proud to host minor league baseball team the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Learn more about Oklahoma City's sports teams. [More]


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Update - Marathon National Championships

Mick Leverett
Jerry Dunn, Thursday, 20 March 2014

A quick update with some information about the 2014 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships.

First date to remember - 31 March 2014  - Nominations for Marathon Paddler of the Year close
Next important date, 4 April 2014 -
  • Nominations for Australian Canoe Marathon Team close (Masters are now included in the team and must nominate to be selected)
  • Early bird entries close
  • Merchandise pre-orders and Championship Dinner tickets close

To access team nominations, entries and other championship information CLICK HERE

Any problems with entering email

Championship Dinner
Dinner tickets for under 12's are now available.  Tickets cost $20.

All athletes MUST have a PFD as part of their paddling equipment as they maybe directed to wear it during racing.

ICF Canoe Marathon Racing Rules have introduced time penalties during racing.  This includes the introduction and operation of a 'penalty box'.  The 'penalty box' will be near the portage area on the course.
For reference the specific rule is ICF Rule 29.  Team Leaders will be provided with further details.

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 Volunteer Coordinator Graeme Bowes on email

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

Team Leaders
Queensland - Lynwen Birch
New South Wales - John Preston
South Australia - yet to be advised
Western Australia - Peter Martin
Victoria - yet to be advised
Tasmania - yet to be advised
2014 Australian Canoe Marathon Team Management
Team Manager - Robert Walker
Assistant Team Manager - Lynwen Birch

ICF Newsletter and Bohinj World Cup Update

Australian Canoeing, Saturday, 15 February 2014

Download information here.

The 2014 Canoe Marathon Bohinj World Cup will take place on the 7-8 June. Any Australian Canoeing athletes wishing to participate should contact the ACMRTC at

Download Bohinj World Cup Update Here

The first ICF newsletter for the year contains links to information on the 2014 World & European Championships.

Download 2014 ICF Marathon Newsletter 1 Here


Marathon #4 The Canning Race

Canning River Marathon
ACMTC, Wednesday, 12 February 2014

With Registration under way paddlers started preparing for the ensuring paddle from Deep Water Point, via Bull Creek and Kent Street Weir to finish back at Riverton Bridge with a portage near the finish line on the way up.

All the locals where having their brains picked on the best route across the shallows. Officer of the Day, Barry did the briefing and told all the start was in 15 minutes. A lot of the paddlers hopped on the water and proceeded to do a 20 minute warm and missed their start making the next starts a little more crowded.

The first run down into Bull Creek with a beam wind and 30-50 cm side waves added to the excitement of the first run as paddlers tried for the most comfortable course.  Weaving between all the moored boats added to the fun as the turn mark was as far down in Bull Creek inlet as possible. One Ocean Ski tried to tighten his turn by parking on the stern deck of a kayak (Yes, we have it on video) to be dragged around.  Coming out of Bull Creek and heading up to Salter Point should have been a good deep water run, except to get deep water you had to go out into a stiff head wind and bigger waves than staying closer to the bank in the shallow water where there was less wind and waves.  

Prisoner’s Point saw at least 2 paddlers hop out of their boats to run through the shallows. The poles caused the usual decision making problems, go early or go late; late seemed to be a winner this time. As the flats after Wadjup Point where almost dry, all stayed in the longer, deeper channel around the edge.

Once under Shelly Bridge paddlers prepared for the portage. Bailing out into the soft, knee deep mud was not a pleasant experience. The run along the shore was pleasant, with the smell of CRCC hamburgers being made ready, but then it was back into the mud to get into kayaks or skis. Heading upstream to the weir was a matter of seeking the deeper water all the way with many areas down to less than 20cm of water. The “Short Cut” wasn’t and the turn at Kent Street Weir was tighter than normal, but still the battles continued as “faster” or more canny paddlers tried to slip ahead. 

In the Guppy Classes the new team of Emerson A.(CLBC) & Alannah O.(AKC) came home first, with Harriette A.(CLBC) and Gabrielle B.(CLBC) next. The next two young ladies where so busy chatting they paddled past the turn and had extra distance to paddle. Isabella R. and Gus H.(AKC) enjoyed their first race and now looking forward to more.

In the Short Course Tyler A.(AKC) led the group home with Dave C.(Harvey) following and River A.(AKC) third. Alex R. & David T.(both AKC) where the first short course double home.

In the gun Division 1, Joshua K.(AKC), on his first home waters race after the World Marathons and a South African Racing Season ran out an easy winner. The Roll father and son combination (AKC) came in second, with Matt C.(PP) 3rd.  These three where then followed in by the rest of the mixed Doubles, Triples, Open Doubles and Singles of this division. Bronwyn M.(AKC) was the first lady single home.

Division 2 was lead home by Chris B.(AKC) with Martin W.(AKC) trying to up hold the honour of the older paddlers. Glen S. (EVENT) was third across the line. In this group the U14 Greed boys bought their K2 home in 6th position with Tess W.(AKC) first Div. 2 lady but 5 minutes behind her father. Don’t think that is going to be allowed for long.

Division 3 was only a small class this race and Steve C.(AKC) went for broke and collected the win. Peter M. (AKC) came in second with Alan M. (AKC) third. Jane L. (AKC) was the first Div. 3 lady home with the husband and wife team of Cynthia & Steve C.(CRCC) leading the mixed bag of K2s in the group.

Division 4 had a couple of ring ins from Canoe Polo and the father and daughter team of Nicky & Bryan L. (PCPC) easily ran out winners. The handicapper will catch up with them now. 2nd to 4thwas Caleb B.(CLBC), Kye B.(AKC) and Tim F. (AKC)  youngsters stretching their wings. Daniel B. & Jack C. (U14s, CLBC) was the first Div. 4 K2 home and Yasmin R.(BPC) the first lady in Div. 4 home. Notable in this Division was Kathy M (ParaA) paddling with her husband Ron (both CLBC) in a K2 and Doug H. (AKC)(ParaLTA) on a ski who did the portage.

This quite difficult race was the first outing on the long course with the big kids for quite a few Juniors and they held up well, giving confidence in the future of Marathon Racing in WA.

Our race team did an excellent job of getting the 99 craft registered, Started, Escorted, Portaged, tagged on the turns and finished over 2 Start lines. Advice on the waters ahead was appreciated at the portage and assistance given to one of our para paddlers.

Next Event on Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th of March 2014 is the Be the Influence Tackling Binge Drinking West Australian Canoe Marathon Championships.

Look out for further information and entry details on the Canoeing WA Website …

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 Results by division