All States Slalom Camp: Paddlers Return to Penrith Whitewater Stadium

Update by Brian Cork

It was a thrilling sight to see a passionate group of slalom paddlers from NSW and Victoria back in action at Penrith Whitewater Stadium for the All States Camp over the June long weekend. The course had been closed due to algae issues, but fortunately, the green light for water quality was given just a week before the event! While our friends from Tassie, WA, and other states couldn’t make it due to the last-minute reopening, the camp was still a resounding success.

Paddlers ranged from nervous first-timers tackling the challenging course to seasoned athletes squeezing in some last-minute training before heading overseas to compete. For the first time, the camp offered specific coaching for kayak cross, and the new mechanical start ramp was an instant hit with the kids, adding an extra layer of excitement.

These camps, an excellent initiative by the PA Slalom Technical Committee, aim to bridge the gap between grassroots slalom and the High Performance program. They foster more canoe slalom activity at the community level on a national scale, creating invaluable opportunities for paddlers of all levels.

A big thank you to the Western Sydney Whitewater Club, supported by Big River Canoe Club, for hosting this fantastic event. And of course, our gratitude goes out to all the incredible volunteer coaches and helpers who made the weekend such a success!

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