News Details


24 Mar 2020

Dear Members, Clubs and Stakeholders,

Due to global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (AOCRA) in conjunction with its Zone Leaders have come to the difficult and mutual decision to cancel all events until 30 September 2020.

This includes the National Marathon Titles, AOCRA Aito, Trans Tasman Gubbi Gubbi, National Junior Marathon Titles, Coaching Courses and Camps.

We have been monitoring the situation closely and adhering to the advice of the Federal Government and other relevant authorities since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

Following the updated information and advice over the weekend from the Federal Government, and in consideration of the wider paddling community, the Board and Zones today made a decision.

The decision to cancel was a very difficult one, and we are very disappointed to have to do so.

However, it was done taking into consideration (but not limited to) the following:

* The unknown timelines that we are all facing in terms of travel restrictions and the impact of life as we know it;

* The overall health and safety of our national paddling community;

* Member Zones already heavily impacted by COVID-19;

* The risk to our Operations Team, Volunteers, Sub Commitees and broader stakeholders.

As the national association, we have an obligation to ensure the safety of our membership and act in their best interests and in that of the sport of Outrigger Canoeing.

We acknowledge and recognise the amount of work that any Zones and in particular, their local organising committees, have done in preparation for these events.

We also acknowledge the significant financial impact this decision will have on Clubs, Zones and the association.

AOCRA will arrange refunds for all entry fees already paid in advance excluding direct transaction costs incurred as part of the process.

The Board have commenced discussions with our sponsors and stakeholdes and will be undertaking an assessment of the impact our ability to deliver on approved Strategic Projects this year based on this decision.

We will also be using this time to plan for the future so as to we ensure we bounce back stronger than ever, when the time comes.

In this difficult and uncertain time that we are all facing, it is fortunate to know that our paddling community is strong and it is important that we look out for each other.

Please make sure that you are all adhering to COVID-19 guidelines and practice physical distancing wherever possible as communicated previously.

Should you have any questions, please direct them to

Yours sincerely,

Katherine Cole
President, AOCRA