News from the Boardroom and Office

All is in full swing for the Paris Olympics. Best of luck to all our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers…and let’s not forget the families who will be biting their nails either in Europe or at home on the couch. Kind thanks to Justin Paine who has provided the relevant scheduling for us to follow.

Congratulations to Margi Bohm and Declan Ellis. Declan was a Finalist at the 2024 NSW Community Sports Awards, and Margi deservedly received a Distinguished Long Service Award. The 2024 PaddleNSW Award nominations are now open and we look forward to many entries from our clubs, paddlesports and committees.

Pics in order: Margi Bohm; Declan Certificate; Margi and Ted

Expressions of Interest forms are currently with clubs for hosting events in 2025. We thank all the club committees and volunteers who do a magnificent job planning and conducting events on behalf of our members. We appreciate volunteering suffered during the Covid epidemic, and many clubs are experiencing volunteer fatigue with the same people performing multiple roles rather than the broader membership sharing the workload. With Paddle Australia, we are devising and implementing a National Volunteer Action Plan. PNSW Board Director Mark Bretag may contact your club to see how we can assist. In the meantime, if you have read this snippet without scrolling to the next article, next time you see your Club Secretary or Club President, please ask if there are any roles you can help with. Spreading the load will help your club immensely.

Lastly, whilst on clubs…..thanks to Nick Naughton for providing photos and insight into the history of Central Coast Paddlers. They are our Club of the Month, which we will continue to feature throughout our PaddleNSW 75th Anniversary Year. There’s a challenge for other clubs to provide content please.

Safe paddling.

Peter Tate 
Chief Executive Officer

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