|The 2019 Paddle Australia Wildwater National Championships wrapped up on Sunday, 6 January 2019, after three days of competition on the Upper Mersey Whitewater Course in Tasmania (4-6 January 2019).
Contesting two days over the longer Classic Race distance of four kilometres and finishing up with the 350-metres Rapid Sprint Races, the event was part of the Paddle Australia Wildwater Pre-Australian Selection series with results relevant for 2019 national team selection.
Local Tasmanian and former wildwater national team paddler from Launceston, Dan Hall was one of the stand-out paddlers of the over 50 athletes from all across Australia who competed on the Mersey river. Returning to competition after eight years of absence, Hall made waves winning both the Pre-Australian Classic Selection Race on Friday as well as the Wildwater Classic Race on Saturday and finishing second in the Rapid Sprint race on Sunday. Follow link below for full story!