— Published 1 March 2023

First visit to Brisbane

No time to lose. More than nine years before the event, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) has already opened the Brisbane 2032 file. A delegation of the authority, led by its president, the German Thomas Konietzko, went to Queensland for a three-day visit. It met with the organizers of the Brisbane 2032 Games, including the general manager, Cindy Hook. The opportunity for the ICF envoys to discover the competition sites proposed for the slalom and sprint events. According to a press release from the ICF, the ICF and the Australian federation – Paddle Australia – agreed to work quickly on a list of potential events to be held in Queensland before the 2032 Olympic Games, but also on the best way to create a legacy for the sport in the Australian state. According to ICF Secretary General Richard Pettit, Oceania and the Asia-Pacific region are currently the two fastest growing regions for canoeing disciplines. Australia is scheduled to host the World Ocean Racing Championships in Perth later this year, followed by the World Slalom Championships in Penrith, not far from Sydney, in 2025.