Paddle power in the Peel region: Mandurah wins bid to host international canoe championships

Oarsome: Mandurah will be the backdrop for the 2023 Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships, after the City won its bid to host the event. Photo: File Image.
Oarsome: Mandurah will be the backdrop for the 2023 Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships, after the City won its bid to host the event. Photo: File Image.

Boasting some of the world's best coastlines, as well as the "ideal downwind", Mandurah has been described as the perfect location to host a Canoe Ocean Racing World Championship.

The International Canoe Federation recently awarded the 2023 event to the City of Mandurah after its initial bid for the 2022 championships failed.

The historic decision means Mandurah will become the first Australian city to host the world's biggest canoe racing competition.

The event is expected to attract 450 local and international participants of all ages, as well as hundreds, and possibly thousands, of officials and spectators.

Paddle Australia chief executive Phil Jones said there were plenty of reasons why Mandurah stood out from other destinations as the pick of the bunch.

"It has ideal conditions... Ocean paddlers like to go downwind and there's plenty of breeze with the Doctor on that coast," he said.

"The west coast of Australia is a very popular venue for ocean paddling and Mandurah's support for the event was impressive.

"The fact that ocean racing in Australia is a very popular discipline but the event has never been held here - that certainly helped our case as well."

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Mandurah councillors approved the $50,000 event hosting fee at a council meeting on Tuesday night.

Mayor Rhys Williams said that investment was estimated to generate over $2.1 million of direct spend into the local economy.

"We know that there are big economic multipliers when it comes to events - for every dollar that we spend, we get a significant return," Mr Williams told the Mandurah Mail.

"That's at the heart of why attracting these events are so important, but it's also about the opportunity to broadcast the Mandurah brand globally in a positive way.

"We're showcasing the best parts of Mandurah so it gives us the chance to put our best foot froward. You can't buy the exposure that it brings to the Mandurah brand.

"People in Mandurah are very proud of the place that they live and to be able to share that is a real buzz for us."

The event is likely to run for three days in late October or November, when the sea breeze is more predictable for downwind conditions.

Competitors are expected to set off from Dawesville Cut towards the ocean and head north, ending at the Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club in San Remo - a total racing distance of 18-20 kilometres.

Mr Jones said the event was well into the planning stages, with an Australian championship also expected to be held in Mandurah in 2022, as a "dress rehearsal" for the international competition.