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.
The NSW SprintSeries 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 SprintSeries offers a fun and inclusive environment for all athletes to gain and hone skills in sprinting in whatever craft you chose. The SprintSeries is open to canoes, kayaks, paracanoes, surf-skis, SUPS, outriggers and even dragon boats.
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.
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
Overall Sprint Junior Champion
|James Memorial Cup
Overall Sprint Junior Champion
|2019||Sydney Northern Beaches Kayak Club||Nicci Vesely (SNBKC)||Eli Newton (Salty Paddlers)|
ParaCanoe & Sprint Racing
Paracanoeing is a relatively new aspect of canoeing, having debuted internationally in 2009 as an exhibition event and ratified in 2010. Paracanoe is for athletes with an impairment and races are contested by two types of boat, kayak (K) and va’a (V). Both kayak and va’a have three different classes of event for men and women, depending on the classification of an athlete’s impairment, with KL1, KL2 and KL3 for kayak and VL1, VL2 and VL3 for va’a. At international level all paracanoe races are individual events and compete at a distance of 200m. In NSW, we make all distances available and offer Multi-Class options for athletes who fall outside of the international classification system.
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.
Athletes can be selected to represent Australia, to compete internationally in Junior, U23 and Senior Teams. The National Teams compete at events such as Olympic Hopes, Junior & U23 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 Athletes at the Olympic Games
NSW has a proud Olympic history, having represented Sprint at all the Olympic Games since the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, which is when Australia first competed in the Olympics in Sprinting. The NSW and ACT Olympic Representatives can be found below. NSW & ACT also hold the record for the highest number of athletes to represent Australia at the Olympic Games in Sprinting.
- Jeff Beere (Avoca Kayak Club)
- Graham Matts (Manly Warringah Kayak Club)
- John Newton (Salty Paddlers)
- Chris Morgan (Salty Paddlers)
- Annie Schooley (Sydney Northern Beaches Kayak Club)
- Selena Webber (Sydney Northern Beaches Kayak Club)
- Jake Michaels (NSIWS Head Coach)
- Laura White (Chair) (AC & ICF Official)
- Peter Tate (PaddleNSW CEO & ex officio)
The Sprint Committee is a volunteer committee that has been charged with organising the SprintSeries and Sprint Championships each year; ensuring that the NSW sprint community is represented at a national level and that the future of sprinting remains strong and bright for our athletes.
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|
|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|
|Edith Pelluso (nee Cochrane)||Olympic||1956|
|John Southwood||Olympic||1968, 1972, 1976|
|Murray Stewart||Olympic||2012, 2016||1|
|Naomi Flood||Olympic||2012, 2016|
|Nathan Baggaley||Olympic||2000, 2004||2|
|Peter Scott||Olympic||1996, 2000|
|Phil Coles||Olympic||1960, 1964, 1968|
|Shelley Oates-Wilding||Olympic||1996, 2000|
|Steve Wood||Olympic||1988, 1992||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.
Where do we hold Events?
- PaddleNSW Sprint on Facebook
- PaddleNSW Sprint Photos on Flickr
- Australian Men’s K4 1000m – Gold Medal race at London 2012
- Video – SPRINT! Life’s Too Short to Cruise – Part One
- Video – SPRINT! Life’s Too Short to Cruise – Part Two
- Video – SPRINT! Life’s Too Short to Cruise – Part Three
- Video – The Beginners Guide to Canoe Sprint
- Paddling in Slow Motion
- Olympic Canoe Sprint