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Could you be Surf Life Saving’s next kayaking Olympian?

There is a very successful history of athlete transfers between surf lifesaving and sprint kayaking. At the London Olympics, Surf Life Saving's Tate Smith (Northcliffe), David Smith (Warilla Barrack Point), Murray Stewart (Mnaly) and Jacob Clear (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park) made history by becoming the first Australian team to win a Gold Medal in the K4 1000m.

Sprint kayaking is one of the best known and most popular of the canoeing disciplines. A highly challenging yet rewarding sport, sprint kayaking tests an athlete’s strength, endurance, coordination, and balance. 

Australian Canoeing (AC) has recognised a number of sprint kayaking squads around Australia as part of their National Elite Development Program (NEDP) and these squads will provide support to athletes that have been identified as potential Olympic Champions. The Next Wave will work with AC to transfer surf athletes directly into these squads.

The Next Wave Paddling Squads

The Next Wave, Surf Life Saving Australia’s (SLSA) talent identification program, has developed an accredited squad structure that will form the initial step for surf athletes to take on the pathway to becoming elite sprint kayakers.

The purpose of these squads are to:

  • Create a pathway into Australian Canoeing’s (AC) elite development programs;
  • Improve athletes daily training environment;
  • Enhance results at SLSA National and Interstate championships; and
  • Enhance SLS athletes sprint kayaking ability.

Each squad will be coached by a local individual who is appropriately qualified in surf lifesaving and/or sprint kayaking. The coach will prepare and deliver programs to guide the development of surf athletes so they can successfully progress into the Australian Canoeing athlete pathway and ultimately compete for Australia at an International level.

Click here for squad details. 

To register for the Next Wave Squad please complete the application form here.