PaddleNSW Launches Seasons 2022

PaddleNSW is delighted to announce Season 2022, with a jam-packed calendar of events across Sprint, Marathon, Slalom, Whitewater and Harbour Racing. Each of these series provides paddlers with the opportunity to challenge themselves and develop their skills within a fun and supportive environment. From thrill-inducing rapids at the iconic Penrith Whitewater Stadium to willow-shrouded banks on the Murrumbidgee River, let kayaking introduce you to to some of the state’s fabulous waterways. No matter whether you’re new to the paddlesport or an experienced racer, be part of a unique Paddle NSW community and choose paddling for your 2022 adventure!

Tim Anderson competing in the 2020 Australian Open.

2022 Western Sydney Whitewater Series

Kicking off in January 2022, the inaugural Western Sydney Whitewater Series invites paddlers of all ages and abilities to paddle in monthly events at the iconic Penrith Whitewater Stadium or on the Nepean River. With NSW State Slalom Championships in December 2021, early races in the 2022 season prepare paddlers for the Oceania Championships and Australian Open in January and February. As the season progresses, races invite newer slalom paddlers to develop whitewater skills and be part of the vibrant slalom community.

Full WSWS information

Young paddler in red helmet and blue boat excited to be navigating through whitewater.
Oskar Pulkkinen developing whitewater skills on the Mann River in 2020.

Whitewater Weekends

Big River Canoe Club invites whitewater paddlers of all levels to exciting skills-development weekends on the Mann River. Learn and improve whitewater kayaking skills or train for your next slalom or wildwater race on great social/camping weekends.

2022 Whitewater Weekend dates

Sprint race of men's double kayaks
Men’s Doubles at the 2019 NSW State Sprint Championships. (Image: PaddleNSW Sprint)

2022 Sprint Series

Starting the year with a bang is the NSW State Sprint Championships, with an exciting weekend of racing on January 22nd and 23rd preparing paddlers for national events in February and April. From August to October, three Sprint Series races at SIRC and Avoca offer a fun an inclusive environment for beginners and seasoned sprinters alike to try their hand at the discipline in single and team boats. Distances include 200, 500 and 1,000m, allowing for heats and finals on the one day.

Full Sprint Series information

Side-on view of half a dozen paddlers in a tight race start.
Div 3 paddlers starting in the 2021 Teralba Marathon. (Image: Frazer Ruddick)

2022 Marathon Series

The 2022 Marathon Series offers paddlers ten races on waterways around the state from February through to October. Distances of 20, 15, 10 and 5kms give paddlers of every ability the opportunity to develop their distance paddling skills, with time-based divisions ensuring plenty of racing fun. From waterways around Sydney to the Murrumbidgee River and Burrill Lake, the marathon series invites you to paddle on some of the best flatwater courses in NSW.

Full Marathon Series information

Paddlers at the 2019 Iron Cockatoo. Image: Kerry

2022 Harbour Series

See the NSW coastline at its finest in the 2022 Harbour Series, with four races from March through to July. The series allows paddlers to develop and hone their open water skills in a lower-risk racing environment before tackling the more technical offshore waters. Ocean Racing and SLSA ‘Spec’ Skis, Outriggers, SUP’s and Sea Kayaks are all welcome with short and long-course options that cater to paddlers of all ability levels. Juniors and Mixed Double skis have become popular classes in recent years.

Full Harbour Series information

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