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The excitment of racing at the Olympics or Paralympics in the fastest craft. The buzz in the crowd as the starting time gets closer. The starters gun goes and the paddlers explode out of their blocks. Gliding over the water  this sport has a big following, as the finish line approaches the crowd cheers.
Sprint racing has it all. Distances of 200, 500 or 1000metres are raced at Olympic level, Local races have similar distances with some long distance events also held.

South Australia has had many Olympic Representatives

Kate Barclay and Susan Tegg represented Australia at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, Kate in Womens K4 500m and Susan in Womens  K2 500m.

Hannah Davis is a dual Olympian representing us at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics (WK4 – 500m (Bronze medal) & WK2 – 500m) and at the 2012 London Summer Olympics (WK4 – 500m)

Spring / Summer 2015-16 Sprint Calendar Overview

Event Category Date Location Day Start Time Finish Time More Info
Canoe SA State Regatta Series – Round 1 Sprint 18th October West Lakes Sunday 0800 14:30 sa@canoe.org.au
Holdfast Bay Challenge Sprint, Marathon 25th Oct 2015 Holdfast Bay Sunday 0830 TBC Holdfast Bay Facebook
Canoe SA State Regatta Series – Round 2 Sprint 31st Oct 2015 West Lakes Saturday 0800 1430 sa@canoe.org.au
Canoe SA State Regatta Series – Round 3 Sprint 14th Nov 2015 West Lakes Saturday 1000 1600  sa@canoe.org.au
Canoe SA State Regatta Series – Round 4 Sprint 28th Nov 2015 West Lakes Saturday 0800 1430  sa@canoe.org.au
GP1 – day 1 Sprint 4th Dec 2015 West Lakes Friday 0800 1630 canoe.org.au
GP1 – day 2 Sprint 5th Dec 2015 West Lakes Saturday 0800 1630 canoe.org.au
GP1 – day 3 Sprint 6th Dec 2015 West Lakes Sunday 0800 1630 canoe.org.au
Canoe SA State Regatta Series – Round 5 Sprint 16th Jan 2016 West Lakes Saturday 0800 1430 sa@canoe.org.au
2016 SA State Sprint Titles – Day 1 Sprint 30th Jan 2016 West Lakes Saturday 1600 2000  sa@canoe.org.au
2016 SA State Sprint Titles – Day 2 Sprint 31st Jan 2016 West Lakes Sunday 0800 1630  sa@canoe.org.au
GP2 – day 1 Sprint 12th Feb 2016 West Lakes Friday 0800 1630 canoe.org.au
GP2 – day 2 Sprint 13th Feb 2016 West Lakes Saturday 0800 1630 canoe.org.au
GP2 – day 3 Sprint 14th Feb 2016 West Lakes Sunday 0800 1630 canoe.org.au

Extras:

First Sunday of Every month (except June due to RPM) – Encounter Handicap Race

3rd Sunday of the month – Holdfast Bay White Knuckle Race

Australian Championships

2nd – 6th March 2016 – Australian Canoe Sprint Championships (Champions Lake Regatta Course, Perth, WA)

25-27th March 2016 – Australian Canoe Marathon Championships (Location to be confirmed)

Further Details

The major sprint clubs in South Australia are West Lakes, Holdfast Bay, Onkaparinga, Christian Brothers College and Encounter Paddling. There are six major regattas held over the summer season culminating with the State Championships at the end of January and then leading onto the National Championships. Regatta racing is open to paddlers of all ages and all skill levels from beginners to the elite. Most of the clubs offer some form of development and coaching for all paddling skill levels.

Regattas are normally held at A. M. Ramsay Regatta Course, Oarsmen Reserve, Military Road, West Lakes. Events usually begin at 8:30am with canoe/kayak sprint events (races 1000m or less) held in the morning, marathon (long distance races) are usually held in the afternoon, commencing from about 1:30pm. For marathon races buoys are placed at each end of the course and the race may include several circuits of the course with the finish line at the regatta course tower.

Please contact your local club if you would like to find out how you can get involved.

For more information, please email: sa@canoe.org.au

Canoe SA’s junior development program provides a pathway for young paddlers, from beginners to junior elite level. In conjunction with the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) Talent Search Program, the program identifies and develops young potential elite paddlers.  The program works to underpin and feed into the institute’s high performance program (SASI).

Canoe SA Talent ID programs are based at West Lakes, Onkaparinga River and Encounter Lakes. In 2006, SASI scholarship holders Chris Alagich, Luke Morrison and Kate Barclay represented Australia at the 2006 ICF Flatwater Racing World Cup in Szeged (Hungary). SASI scholarship holders Alex Botha and Dale Welsh represented Australia at the U23 ICF Flatwater World Cup in Guangzhou (China). Five South Australian juniors have been selected to represent Australia at the 2007 ICF Junior Flatwater Racing Championships in Racice (Chzech Republic) in August. SASI scholarship holder, Hannah Davis represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games winning Bronze in the LK4 500 and SASI athletes Kate Barclay and Susan Tegg represented Australia at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Kate in Ladies K4 500m and Susan in Ladies K2 500m.

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Encounter Paddling Inc
Cathy Venning
Holdfast Bay Canoe Club
Barry Hayden
Onkaparinga Canoe Club
Nick Tucker
West Lakes Canoe Club
Mark Bulmer
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