Sprint Racing is one of the best-known competitive canoeing paddlesports in Australia and offers a great national and international career-path for athletes with aspirations of competing on the international stage.

Within NSW, athletes can begin their careers being coached at club level and compete for their clubs at the NSW SprintSeries and annual State Championships, all of which combine to ensuring the best for NSW athletes.

Images: Geoff Horsnell, Greg Simons & David Hispley

NSW Sprint Series

The NSW Sprint Series is the annual round robin sprinting series for Canoe/Kayak. Over distances of 1000m, 500m and the super-fast 200m events, athletes compete against any age, any craft, any gender and themselves to be the fastest across the finish line. The Sprint Series offers a fun and inclusive environment for all athletes to gain and hone skills in sprinting in whatever craft you chose. The Sprint Series is open to canoes, kayaks, paracanoes, surf-skis, SUPS, outriggers and even dragon boats.

State Championships

The NSW State Championships’ are the premier events for Canoe/Kayak with athletes competing in Age and Class events to be called the NSW State Champion. Age categories for men and women can vary from U14 events all the way through to our Open and Masters events at 80+. Sprinting is a Sport for life after all.

National Events

As well as competing in the NSW events, athletes can compete at a national level in the Grand Prix series and the National Championships run by Paddle Australia.

International Events

Athletes can be selected to represent Australia, to compete internationally in Junior, U/23 and Senior Teams. The National Teams compete at events such as Olympic Hopes, Junior & U/23 World Championships, Oceania Championships, World Cups, World Championships and the Olympic Games. The majority of these events are held in Europe. Sprinting is the oldest Olympic canoe/kayak paddlesport, having been introduced to the Summer Olympics at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.


NSW Sprint Championships, 18/1 – 19/1/2020 (SIRC)

Results Day 1 Results Day 2
Searchable results via Paddle Australia Regattas page
Race Report


Sprint Series Race 1, 16/8/2020 (Avoca)

200m Heats 200m Finals
500m Heats 500m Finals
1000m Finals


Sprint Series Race 2, 13/9/2020 (MWKC local regatta)

200m Heats 200m Finals
500m Heats 500m Finals
1000m Finals


Sprint Series Race 3, 18/10/2020 (SIRC)

200m Heats 200m Finals
500m Heats 500m Finals
1000m Finals


Sprint Series Race 4, 14/11/2020 (MWKC)

200m Heats 200m Team Boats
500m Heats 500m Team Boats
1000m Finals

In 2021, NSW will nominate a Junior State Team of U/16 and U/18 athletes. The state team concept has been introduced by Paddle Australia as a way of improving and promoting the competition at the junior level. The pathway program will assist in the provision of specific state team coaching, opportunities for national camps / competitions and basic paddling uniforms (hoodie, singlet and polo shirt).

2021 NSW Junior State Team Selection Criteria

2021 NSW Junior State Team

Perpetual Award Winners

These awards began in 2019 and are named in honour of Officials, Coaches & Athletes in NSW who have made a significant impact on our sport for a variety of reasons.

YEAR Morison Memorial Cup
‘Bruce and Joan’
State Sprint Club Champions
Trouville Memorial Cup
‘Brian Trouville’
Overall Sprint Junior Champion Female
James Memorial Cup
‘David James’
Overall Sprint Junior Champion Male
2019 Sydney Northern Beaches Kayak Club Nicci Vesely (SNBKC) Eli Newton (Salty Paddlers)
2020 Sydney Northern Beaches Kayak Club Alisa Van Der Kwartal (SNBKC) Fletcher Armstrong (Avoca)
2021 Sydney Northern Beaches Kayak Club Riley Clarke (Salty Paddlers) Ashby Allen (Avoca) and
Toby Schooley (SNBKC)

NSW & ACT Australian Olympic & Paralympic Representatives

Allan Livingstone Olympic 1956, 1960
Barry Kelly Olympic 1980, 1984 1
Barry Stuart Olympic 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968
Brian Morton Olympic 1996, 2000
Colin Sieders Paralympic 2016
Daniel Collins** Olympic 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 1 1
David Smith Olympic 2008, 2012 1
Denis McGuire Olympic 1960, 1964
Dennis Green Olympic 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 1
Dennis Huessner Olympic 1972, 1976
Dylan Littlehales Paralympic 2016, 2020^
Edith Pelluso (nee Cochrane) Olympic 1956
Graham Johnson Olympic 1972
Helen Jacobson Olympic 1976
Jimmy Walker Olympic 1996
Joanne Brigden-Jones Olympic 2012, 2020^
John Southwood Olympic 1968, 1972, 1976
Lachlan Tame Olympic 2016, 2020^
Lynette Wagg Olympic 1964
Markus Faulks Olympic 1956
Max Baldwin Olympic 1956
Murray Stewart Olympic 2012, 2016, 2020^ 1
Naomi Flood Olympic 2012, 2016
Nathan Baggaley Olympic 2000, 2004 2
Paul Lynch Olympic 1996
Peter Scott Olympic 1996, 2000
Phil Coles Olympic 1960, 1964, 1968
Raymond Martin Olympic 1984
Riley Fitzsimmons Olympic 2016, 2020^
Robert Lee Olympic 1980
Ross Chaffer Olympic 2000
Sebastian Marczak Olympic 2012
Shane Suska Olympic 2000
Shelley Oates-Wilding Olympic 1996, 2000
Steve Wood Olympic 1988, 1992 1
Sue Whitebrook Olympic 1976
Tony Schumacher Olympic 2008
Torsten Lachmann Olympic 2008
Walter Brown Olympic 1956 1
Yanda Nossiter Olympic 1996, 2000

** Daniel Collins is Australia’s sole Olympic representative from ACT

In 2010, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that paracanoe would make its debut at the Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro for the kayak class events. With six medal events available, Australia qualified a full team of six athletes, including Colin Seiders and Dylan Littlehales, representatives from NSW. Australia had an exceptional debut, taking home with Curtis McGrath, KL2 (QLD): GOLD; Amanda Jane (AJ) Reynolds, KL3 (VIC): SILVER; Susan Siepel, KL2 (QLD): BRONZE; Jocelyn Neumuller, KL1 (SA): 5th; Colin Sieders, KL1, (NSW): 8th and Dylan Littlehales, KL3 (NSW): 10th.

^ The 2020 Olympic Games and 2020 Paralaympic Games were  delayed until 2021, due to the global pandemic caused by Covid-19