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Canoe South Australia Inc.

Getting People Paddling since 1978!

Canoe South Australia Inc. is the governing body of paddle sport and recreation in South Australia, and is affiliated with Australian Canoeing (the national association) and the SA Olympic Council.

Canoe SA receives funding from the Government of South Australia through the Office for Recreation and Sport’s Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program (SRDIP) and the Sport and Recreation Sustainability Program (SRSP). The Programs were established to assist the South Australian Government to work in partnership with state sporting and active recreation organisations to implement programs and initiatives that support the South Australian Strategic Plan’s sport and recreation target.

Canoeing is a multi-faceted activity, ranging from quiet dabbling in backwaters to the athleticism of sprint racing, along with marathon racing, canoe polo, and sea and surf kayaking. There is no whitewater in South Australia, so slalom and downriver racing do not feature in this state.

Each discipline is administered by a standing committee of Canoe South Australia, and information is available on this web site. Affiliated clubs are also provided with links.

There are eight active clubs affiliated with Canoe SA over metropolitan and regional Adelaide participating in all types of canoeing. Clubs welcome your membership and can provide instruction, training or coaching. Some clubs also can provide access to club equipment.

We encourage you to use this website as a guide to finding information about canoeing in South Australia. Whether you are looking to do a kayaking course, join a club, enter events, find out where to paddle or get the latest canoeing news its all here on one site.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of a President, elected by the membership every two years at the AGM and five “interested” directors, with an addition of a possible two “independent” directors.

The Chairperson of the Board is a position elected by the Directors at the first Board meeting after the AGM. The Chairperson’s role is to chair all Board meetings and the AGM.

The term of office for all elected positions on the Board is for two years. In each odd year, the President and two directors are elected and in each even year, three directors are elected (in accordance with the constitution)

President of Paddle SA Inc. – Jim Murphy

Interested Director, Canoe South Australia Inc.

Born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1983, Peter came into the paddle sports through Canoe Polo first starting playing in June 2009. Playing canoe polo and contributing to the development of the sport is what Peter enjoys.

Peter’s involvement with the administration and organising aspects of canoe polo began with simple tasks such as setting-up and packing away equipment, assisting with timekeeper and scorer duties and more recently with refereeing duties. Peter is a member of the Canoe Polo Technical Committee in the position as Registrar which includes the role of Communications Officer. Peter first started on the Canoe Polo Technical Committee in November 2009. As relatively new to the sport, Peter recognised there was a lot to learn about the sport and how it is organised so that he could make a positive contribution.

As  a Board member Peter wants to assist with providing strong corporate governance of the organisation, regulation of the finances, and contribute to new opportunities for the development of the sport. Peter hopes he is able to bring a fresh, positive and motivating energy to the Board level and serving the canoeing/kayaking sporting community with his efforts.

Peter is a finance graduate of the University of Adelaide, graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Finance Degree, and recently worked in the banking and finance industry for several years. Through both tertiary studies in employment, Peter has gained knowledge in financial management, banking, commercial law, corporate governance, and legal compliance. Peter wants to use these skills in serving as a Director on the Board of Canoe SA.

Director, Canoe SA Board

Paddle SA Standing Committees

The constitution provides for a standing committees of the Board to be responsible for particular areas of the sport and to assist the Board in its goverance and operational tasks.

Canoe Polo Technical Committee – Chairperson: Noel Holmes

Education and Safety Technical Committee – Chairperson: Scott Polley

Flatwater Racing Technical Committee (includes the disciplines of Canoe/Kayak Sprint and Canoe/Kayak Marathon) – Chairperson: Jim Murphy

Life Members

The constitution sets out the provisions for life membership of the Association 7.3 Life Members:

(a) Any member may nominate a person who has rendered distinguished or special service to the sport of canoeing at the state level, for life membership. The nomination must be on the prescribed form (if any) and must be submitted to the Executive Officer.

(b) The Board must approve any nominations prior to their consideration at an Annual General Meeting.

(c) The nomination for Life Member shall be considered at the Annual General Meeting. A resolution of the Annual General Meeting to confer life membership must be passed by Special Resolution. The vote on such resolution will be taken by secret ballot.

(d) Conditions, obligations and privileges of life membership shall be as prescribed in the By-Laws.

The following people have been conferred with life membership of Canoe South Australia.

  • Ron Blum
  • Peter Carter
  • Bruce Chidlow
  • Anthea Courtney
  • Martin Finn
  • David Forster
  • John Hales
  • Noel Holmes
  • Brother Ray Howard (deceased)
  • Ian Hume
  • David Mallett
  • David Mausolf
  • Jim Murphy
  • H John (Blue) Nolan
  • Mark O’Brien
  • Lawrie Shem
  • Derek Stevens
  • Ken Sullivan