Penrith has been announced as host city for the 2025 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with plans to revamp the Whitewater Stadium included in the bid presented by Paddle Australia with the support of the Australian Government, NSW Government and Penrith City Council.
25 years after it hosted canoe slalom at the Sydney Olympics, Penrith Whitewater Stadium will once again welcome the world’s best paddlers and host the canoe slalom and extreme canoe slalom world titles.
International Canoe Federation President Jose Perurena said returning to an Olympic venue was important for the sport.
“Returning to Sydney underlines how our Olympic venues can provide a wonderful legacy for a host city,” Mr Perurena said.
“Penrith will also be an important host, ahead of the possibility of Brisbane hosting the 2032 Olympic Games.”
The event will run from 1 October to 6 October 2025. In the lead up to the World Championships, Penrith will also host ICF Oceania Championships and Australian Open events which will help the athletes and organisers prepare for the world champions competition.
This will be the third time an ICF Canoe Slalom World Championship has been awarded to Australia. Penrith previously hosted the Canoe Slalom Senior World Championships in 2005 and the Junior and Under 23 World Championships in 2014.
Paddle Australia CEO Phil Jones said hosting the 2025 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships offered a timely opportunity to bring the world back to Penrith in celebration of sport and community.
“Hosting the event in Penrith is all about the rejuvenation of an Olympic legacy while bringing together the paddling community and sharing our sport with the general public ,” said Mr Jones.
The event will hope to inspire a new generation of competitors, much as the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games inspired Australian Olympian and silver medallist Jessica Fox, who lives in the Penrith-region.
“I was six years old when I sat high in the stands at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, cheering on Australia and watching Stepanka Hilgertova, Tony Estanguet, Thomas Schmidt and the Hochshorner brothers win gold at the Sydney Olympics. It was the beginning of my Olympic dreams,” says Jessicain the video.
“Twenty-five years on, we’d love to welcome the world back to Penrith for a world championship full of promise and opportunity – for the athletes, the sport and our community.”
The event will bring significant financial and business opportunities to the Penrith region through accommodation, transport, food and beverage, venue overlay requirements and hospitality requirements.
The Mayor of Penrith, Councillor Karen McKeown OAM, said this was another proud moment for the city.
“A successful World Championships will promote our city, be valuable to our tourism economy and give our community access to a world class event,” said Councillor McKeown.
Full operational details of the 2025 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will be developed over the coming months as Paddle Australia works closely with the International Canoe Federation and key stakeholders on plans for the event.