For all the upcoming Canoeing Victoria events including slalom, check out the calendar.  See also the following tab “Events”

The Victorian Slalom Committee conducts a range of Races, Training and Social Events each year.

Victoria is proud to be able to offer a variety of Slalom event each year to suit the needs of beginning and experienced paddlers.  See below for the events or series which are conducted each year.  The Calendar section of the website will provide specific dates and up to date entry information if it cannot be found here.  The location details and maps will ensure you get the the correct location.

The Committee are always looking for volunteers to help out with the running of events – if you are interested in volunteering or would like further information, email Chris.

Yarra Series

The Yarra Series of races is held on the Yarra River in or close to the Metropolitan area. The races are suitable for beginners through to experienced paddlers.

Race dates:

Yarra Series 1, Warrandyte Bridge – Sunday 28th April 2019

Yarra Series 2, Finns Reserve –  Sunday 19th May 2019

Yarra Series 3, Griffiths Park – Sunday 16th June 2019

Yarra Series 4, Fitzsimons Lane Bridge – Sunday 4th August 2019

Yarra Series 5, Dights Falls – Sunday 27th October 2019

Country Races

Races at variety of natural country rivers.  Enjoy the beautiful environment and the challenge of a natural river course.

Country Slalom 1, Big River – Sunday 21st July 2019

Country Slalom 2, King River – Sunday 18th August 2019

Warburton Slalom Race – Sunday 13th October 2019

Country Slalom 3, Eildon –  Sunday 24th November, 2019

Victorian Schools Championships


Championships for school students held in August or September each year.  They are open to all secondary school students in Victoria and it is a suitable event for those who are beginning paddling.

For 2019 it is being held on the 4th August on the Yarra River at Warrandyte.


National Slalom Development Camp

The NSD camp is designed for junior and developing paddlers, however paddlers of all ages are welcome.  There are usually over 60 paddlers which are broken into many smaller groups to accommodate the differences in paddling experience. The most advanced paddlers are usually paddlers who are trying, or have already made, the junior National Team, while other groups have paddlers that have only just started their paddling careers. Involvement of parents and other adults is very welcome.

For 2019 the NSD Camp is being held  in November on the 22nd (Fri) and 23rd (Sat) on the Goulburn River near Eildon.  The camp will be followed by Country Slalom 3 on the 24th (Sun).

Victorian Slalom Championships

The 2019 Victorian Slalom Championships are being held on the Goulburn River near Eildon on the 30th Nov (Sat) and 1 Dec (Sun)

National Junior  & Masters Championships (Incorporating Schools)


Managed by Paddle Australia. This event circulates around a number of the States each year. 

The 2020 venue and dates have not yet been announced.

National Championships

Managed by Paddle Australia. This event circulates around a number of the States each year. 

The 2020 venue and dates have not yet been announced.

What is Slalom

Kayaking is an exciting watersport which is great fun at all levels and takes us to some of the most beautiful and tranquil rivers and bush settings in Victoria. You can start at a local water course and end up representing Australia overseas including events like the Olympics.

Kayaking is a social sport with children of all school year levels practising together and looking after each other under close supervision from teachers and qualified instructors.

Canoe Slalom is an exciting whitewater paddling discipline that combines the best in paddling technique, skill, fitness and power. The sport consists of up to 25 designated upstream or downstream gates (vertical poles approximately on metre apart) suspended over a course of whitewater rapids along a length of 200 – 300 metres. The paddler must negotiate the gates in numerical order, the correct direction, in the shortest possible time and with the least number of penalties. Canoe Slalom can present challenges and deliver achievable outcomes at all levels from beginners to Elite. It is an Olympic sport and is well supported by the Victorian Institute of Sport.

The Slalom Committee organizes races during the year which are pitched at an entry level to the sport and graduate through to experienced and challenging whitewater as the year progresses.

There is an annual Yarra Series which run concurrently with a Country Series. These series culminate in Country Race 3 and the Victorian State Slalom Championships both of which are held on the Goulburn River, at Eildon in November/December.

Different Craft

What does K1, K2, C1 etc mean ?

K1 are one person kayaks.  C1 and C2 are one and two person canoes which look similar to kayaks but in which the person kneels and uses at single bladed paddle.

Slalom kayaking is an exciting high energy race over several minutes through gates (pairs of poles suspended over the water) in whitewater rapids Downriver.  But kayaking is not just about racing – activities also develop advanced water safety skills and teamwork.

Victorian clubs that do slalom

Canoeing Victoria has many affiliated clubs who specialise in slalom paddling and have club coaches and boats available for their members to use when building their skills. For more information, contact the clubs directly. A list of clubs who support slalom paddling can be found here.

Membership of Club & Canoeing Association

To paddle regularly in Slalom Canoeing events paddlers must be a fully registered member of a club that is affiliated with Australian Canoeing, and therefore Canoeing Victoria.  A Membership Card is provided to all members and should be taken to events to demonstrate membership. Membership is not expensive and provides insurance coverage and news, information and additional benefits from both the club and Australian Canoeing.

Membership renewals are due to Canoeing Victoria through your club in July of each year.



Just Starting? – The come ‘n’ try category is designed for new paddlers to the sport still deciding if they want to get involved.  If you are not a registered member you must pay an additional levy to cover Insurance for the current race.  This category is limited to three races and is not available for any paddler to compete in the State and/or National Championships.

School Membership Category is available at discounted membership rates (Contact Canoeing Victoria for details) that gives individual paddlers from the relevant school full coverage for all events except the State and National Championships. This membership category is only available through a school and is not an individual category.
As a consequence of the above new membership category being introduced the Certificate of Currency option will be no longer available.

It is the responsibility of the individual paddler / competitor to ensure that he/she has up to date membership of a CV affiliated club. Membership details will be checked against the current CV membership list at each race. If the paddlers name does not appear on the CV register they must either be able to provide proof of membership to a CV affiliated club OR pay the additional levy to cover Insurance for the current race.

For any paddler to compete in the State and/or National Championships he/she must be a current member of a CV (or Interstate Association) affiliated club.


Yarra Series Race Regulations/Proceedings


Key Slalom Canoe Clubs:

Canoes Plus Racing Team

Melbourne Canoe Club

Useful links:

Australian Canoeing

Victorian Institute of Sport

2016-17 Victorian Team

Womens K1

Senior team: Dita Pahl, Sally Wright, Maggie Webster

Junior team: Claire Tonkin, Zoe Lau

Womens C1   

Junior team: Madison Wilson

Mens K1

Senior team: Jaxon Merritt, Warwick Draper, Tim Anderson

Junior team: Aiden O’Callaghan, Max McDonald, Samuel Grant

Mens C1

Senior team: Tristan Carter, Kaylen Bassett, Al Anderson

Junior team: Brad McLaughlan, Cam McLaughlan, Lachlan Bassett

Mens C2

Junior team: Speed/Loughran


Sebastian Montalto, Mark Crosbee, James Stagoll

2015-16 Victorian Team


Senior – Max Myers, Warwick Draper, Al Anderson

Junior – Samuel Grant, Robert Janiszewski, Aiden O’Callaghan


Senior – Christian Fabris, Kaylen Bassett, Tim Lau

Junior – Tristan Carter, Lachlan Bassett, Ashley Hobbs


Senior – Dita Pahl, Kate Poulier, Hannah McConnell

Junior – Georgie Tonkin, Claire Tonkin, Zoe Lau


Junior – Ryan Hogg/Daniel Shamieh, McLaughlan/McLaughlan, O’Donaghue Hayes/Josh Montalto


Sebastian Montalto, Mark Crosbee, Ben Strmecki


*Cadets are not eligible for Vic points at the National Championships

2014-15 Victorian Team

Vic Slalom Team 2015
Vic Slalom Team 2015. Congratulations to all Victorian paddlers and good luck for the rest of 2015.


Senior – Dita Pahl, Sally Wright, Eliza Singleton

Junior – Georgie Tonkin, Hannah McConnell, Kate Poulier


Senior – Leanne Guinea

Junior – Madison Wilson, Zoe Lau


Senior – Jaxon Merritt, Tim Anderson, Warwick Draper

Junior – Aiden O’Callaghan, Samuel Grant, Max McDonald


Senior – Lewis Wylie, Christian Fabris, Alastair Anderson

Junior – Tristan Carter, Ashley Hobbs, Robert Janiszewski


Senior – Andrew Farrance, Jake Farrance, Timothy Lau, Samuel Nightingale, Chris Fegan, Kaylen Bassett

Junior – Jack Brenton, Cameron McLaughlan, Ethan Pride, James LeMottee, Daniel Shamieh, Ryan Hogg

Qualified for C2 athletes but partners selected for alternative class* – Lachlan Bassett, Joshua Montalto, James O’Donoghue-Hayes

Cadets* – Claire Tonkin, Brad McLaughlan, Sebastian Montalto

Team Manager – Leanne Guinea


*Cadets and those qualified for C2 but partners chosen for alternative class are not eligible for Vic points at the national championships

If you wish to contact the Slalom committee, please ring us at the Canoeing Victoria office on 03 8846 4120 or you can email us.

 Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Slalom Meeting July, 2012

Minutes of Slalom Meeting May 2012

Mintues of Slalom Meeting Feb 2012


Slalom Newsletters & Information Archive

The Slalom Committee now issues an emailed newsletter each couple of months to enable all interested to keep up to date with the upcoming events and activities.   There is also other correspondence at various times throughout the year.

If you would like to be added to the email list please email Chris at:

The email list will remain the property of the slalom committee and will not be used for other purposes

Chair – Chris Runting –

Vice Chair – Lyne Strmecki

Treasurer – Lyne Strmecki / Paddle Victoria

Secretary – Sue Moorhen

Logistics – Chris Galea

Registrations – Laura Montalto

Athlete Development – Warwick Draper

Timing and Compiling – Russell Bassett