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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 Sprint Series and annual State Championships, all of which combine to ensuring the best for NSW athletes.
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, craft 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.
The NSW State Championships is the premier event 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 U10 events all the way through to our Open and Masters events at 80+. Canoe, Kayak and SUP events are included in the State Championships.
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 Australian Canoeing.
Athletes can be selected to represent Australia to compete internationally in World Cups, World Championships and Olympic Games. 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.
Your 2015 Sprint Committee can be contacted at sprintpaddlensw [dot] org [dot] au or paddlensw [dot] sprintgmail [dot] com or via our Facebook page (you don't need an account) https://www.facebook.com/PaddleNSW.Sprint
- Jeff Beere (Avoca Kayak Club)
- Graham Matts (Manly Warringah Kayak Club)
- Stephen Shelley (Windsor Canoe Club)
- Laura White (Chair) (AC & ICF Official)
The Sprint Committee is selected from nominations and all positions are voluntary. The Committee is charged with organising the Sprint Series and Sprint Championships each year; ensuring that the 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 Representatives
|Allan Livingstone||1956, 1960|
|Barry Kelly||1980, 1984||1|
|Barry Stuart||1956, 1960, 1964, 1968|
|Brian Morton||1996, 2000|
|Daniel Collins**||1992, 1996, 2000, 2004||1||1|
|David Smith||2008, 2012||1|
|Denis McGuire||1960, 1964|
|Dennis Green||1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972||1|
|Dennis Huessner||1972, 1976|
|Edith Pelluso (nee Cochrane)||1956|
|John Southwood||1968, 1972, 1976|
|Murray Stewart||2012, 2016||1|
|Nathan Baggaley||2000, 2004||2|
|Peter Scott||1996, 2000|
|Phil Coles||1960, 1964, 1968|
|Shelley Oates-Wilding||1996, 2000|
|Steve Wood||1988, 1992||1|
|Yanda Nossiter||1996, 2000|
** Daniel Collins is Australia's sole Olympic representative from ACT
Where do we hold Events?
The Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC) was built in the mid 1990's as Australia's Sydney 2000 Olympic venue for canoeing and rowing. SIRC has been a wonderful legacy venue for our sport and remains as the premier venue in Australia. It's capabilities of hosting a wide varity of events from local weekend running groups to Ironman (triathlons) to Head of the River (rowing) to world events such as Oceania Championships, World Cups and World Championships make it a truly world class facility and a wonderful experience to compete on the same waters as the Olympians.
Located in Penrith, about 45km from Sydney, SIRC is a great central location for clubs in NSW and ACT to race at and to be able to call it our 'home ground'.
Looking down the SIRC Competition Lake from the finish line. Control tower and starter's huts on the left.
- NSW Sprint on Facebook
- NSW Sprint Photostream on Flickr
- Video - London 2012 K4 Gold Medal
- 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
- ICF videos
- Olympic Flatwater