We preview the C1M and C2M events ahead of the ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships that begin next week.

The U23 C1Mevent will see 48 paddlers fight it out to be declared World Champion down the Sydney Olympic course.

It is one of the more open events with 11 of the top 50 ICF ranked canoeists competing.

Italian Roberto Colazingari is the highest ranked among them, 21stin the world.

Colazingari will be looking to improve on his fifth place finish at last year’s U23 World Championships in Liptovsky Mikulas.

Two paddlers that beat him in 2013 were Slovakian pair Patrik Gajarsky and Jergus Badura.

Gajarsky will be out to defend his title after edging Czech Martin Riha and Badura for the win last year.

Other canoeists in the mix include 2013 finalists Luka Bozic of Slovenia and American Zachary Lokken.

We preview the K1M event just six days out from the start of the ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships in Penrith.

World number 11 Jiri Prskavec will be the man to beat in the U23 K1M event.

The Czech star produced a fantastic season in 2013 which was capped off by winning silver at the senior World Championships in front of his home crowd in Prague.

At last year’s U23 World Championships he was outclassed by Frenchman Mathieu Biazizzo. 

The world number 22 will face a tough battle to defend his title this year.

Slovakian Martin Halcin and Italian Giovanni De Gennaro are World Cup regulars and will be out to upstage their more fancied opponents.

De Gennaro also featured alongside Prskavec in the senior Worlds final last year, finishing tenth.

Melbourne Canoe Club kayaker Jaxon Merritt heads into the event in career best form after taking out the Oceania Championship earlier in the year.

The following start lists are provisional only:

- Entries by class

- Entries by country

- Day 1 (23/4/2014)

- Day 2 (24/4/2014)

- Day 3 (25/4/2014)

350 athletes and officials from 34 countries will contest the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships from 23 to 27 April.

The competition will be held at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, the venue of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Australian Olympic K1W silver medalist Jessica Fox and 2013 World Championship K1M silver medalist Jiri Prskavec of the Czech Republic will headline the event which will showcase the best young talent in the world.

The U23 competition will be fierce with Fox out to defend her U23 C1W Worlds title. The 19 year old will also be looking to improve on her 18th placing in the K1W event.

The accreditation fee will be charged for the access period 19 – 27 April. The fee will be $225 AUD per accreditation and will be charged for all Athletes and Team Officials.  Please contact Mary Macaluso (mary.macaluso@canoe.org.au) for your invoice.

Hi everyone!
We have been provided with an extra place of accommodation.
The Bed & Breakfast is called: Home-Lea Bed & Breakfast.  It's in a home and the owners have vacancies for the dates Friday 23rd - 27th April, 2014.
They have three guest rooms, consisting of two rooms with twin single beds, and one room with Queen double bed - available for 6 guests in total.
Rates are $90.00 for two people sharing a room for Bed and Breakfast per night.  ($45.00 each person for B & B ).
They are in the garden suburb of South Penrith, 10 - 15 minutes drive from the Whitewater Stadium, have off-street parking, and are a ten minute drive from the railway station.
All welcome!  
If you would like more information, please contact us at events@canoe.org.au and we can give you contact details.

Information for Teams

The competition will be covered by a mixed video feed, provided by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). This will be available in the TVS area.

We will be providing a HD video service with no loss of quality from the cameras to you. In order to maintain HD video we will be using HDMI cables to deliver the ODD and EVEN feed. The video will be provided over two cables in PAL format.

Stations will be set up in the TVS tent with an odd cable and an even cable at each station. There is a limited number of stations. It is essential that you notify Sue Natoli (suenatoli@gmail.com) if you intend to access the Technical Video service.

All teams will be responsible for providing their own connectors and video recording equipment.

Hi Everyone!

We have received word that a booking at The Vines Holiday Cottage has been cancelled. 

Therefore, if there are any teams still searching for accommodation for the period of 14th-28th April 2014 please have a look at what The Vines Holiday Cottage has to offer!

Available is:

Olympic cottage - up to 25 people in dormitory style. Upstairs 10 beds downstairs 15 beds in singles and bunks. Self contained.

Athletes cottage - three rooms each with a single and two bunk beds ( each room sleeps 5 people) each room has ensuite. Self contained.

Coaches room - one single and one double sleeps 1 -2 singles or a couple. Kitchenette and ensuite.

All accommodation is $45 per person or minimum $270 per cottage.

All bedding provided.

15 minutes drive to the whitewater stadium and regatta course in Penrith.

Catering available. 

Hi friends!

We are pleased to announce the release of Information Bulletin #2 for the 2014 International canoe Federation Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships, which will be held in Penrith, Australia from 23-27 April 2014.

Information Bulletin #2 can be found under the 'Teams' tab!

Australian Canoeing in partnership with Destination NSW are pleased to offer a range of information on NSW and Sydney, including things to do, accommodation options and current deals.

Exclusive Sydney stay package:


Furthermore, please follow the below links for great holiday ideas for Sydney and NSW.

Hello friends,

We have now set up a direct link from the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championship website to our Facebook event page!  

To do so, please click on the, Facebook icon on the right hand side!   

Furthermore, please remember to tell your friends about this Facebook page and to like the facebook page! 

In 2014, Australian Canoeing is hosting the Canoe Slalom Australian Open, Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships and the Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships and is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help assist the running of these events which will be at Penrith Whitewater Stadium.

The competition dates of the events are:

  • Australian Open - 24-26 January 2014
  • Oceania Championships - 21-23 February 2014
  • Canoe Slalom Junior & U23 World Championships - 23-27 April 2014

To ensure the smooth running of these events, Australian Canoeing is requiring volunteers to help in the following areas such as but not limited to: