News from the Boardroom and Office

Our celebration year has been quite busy already with numerous rounds of the PNSW Marathon Series and PNSW Harbour Racing Series. BGCC and especially chief organiser Laura Kleinrahm did a magnificent job hosting the National Canoe Polo Championships in Canberra. Speaking of canoe polo, the State Committee has been re-invigorated. We thank the former committee members, and all the eight new members who have raised their hand to take the sport forward.

Why are we celebrating? NSW Canoe Association was formed 75 years ago in 1949 to enable the foundation of our national body in preparation for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Although a change in legal name and entity occurred in 2008, PaddleNSW basically remains the same state peak body with similar values and objectives established last century – ie to advance and promote canoeing, kayaking and paddling activity throughout NSW and ACT.

All this year we have been sharing historic stories about Life Members and other articles of interest. If you have anything special to share about the origins of our sport and recreation in NSW and ACT, or the formation of our clubs or iconic events, please contact Liz.

Who is Liz? Elizabeth Lowe is our new Digital Coordinator in charge of the website, our newsletter and other social media platforms. She brings significant expertise to the role, and can be contacted at

I pay particular tribute to Ros Lawrence and Laura White (and Anjie Lees and Naomi Johnson before them) who looked after these tasks voluntarily prior to Liz joining the team. Thank you for all your hard work.

Congratulations to our PNSW Coaching Coordinator Margi Bohm (Burley Griffin Canoe Club) who this month will receive a Distinguished Long Service Award at the Sport NSW Community Sports Awards. Fingers crossed for Declan Ellis (Big River Canoe Club) as a well-deserved Finalist in the Young Coach of the Year category. As a small organisation we keep punching above our weight on the broader sport platform.

An Olympic and Paralympic year is always supremely exciting for the athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers – as well as their families, friends and supporters. We wish all our paddlers well in their final preparation and training prior to Paris.

Enjoy reading this newsletter, and please be safe and enjoy yourselves on the water.

Peter Tate 

Chief Executive Officer

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