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John Hart protege to compete in 2023 World Championships

Local rising Canoe Slalom star and John Hart sponsorship beneficiary Archie Nelson has recently been selected for the Australian Team competing in the 2023 World Championships in Krakow, Poland!

Australian Canoe Slalom Junior Archie Nelson


Sharing the same passion for world class performance as John Hart, 17 year old Archie is currently ranked the second fastest junior in Australia.

There is no doubt that the long hours of weight training, physical conditioning, in-the-water practice and regular competition have helped Archie take his next step in world class performance.

It is that commitment and dedication that caught our eye at John Hart and we are immensely proud to be supporting Archie.

In the Australian National Championships it was Archie’s renowned body strength, skill on the water and calmness in the moment that saw him achieve his goal of national representation.

Archie will be representing Australia in the Junior and Under 23 Canoe Slalom World Championship competition later this year.

Archie will also be competing at the ICF (International Canoe Federation) Canoe Slalom world-ranking race in Prague.

From all the team at John Hart and a proud country, we wish Archie every success as he takes on the world’s best!


Archie Nelson


Canoe Slalom is a timed event where competitors navigate a white-water course by passing through a combination of upstream and downstream gates. Each course is different but can be a maximum of 300 metres in length and contain a maximum of 25 gates, with a minimum of six upstream gates. Courses are designed so the leading athletes will complete them in a time of between 90 and 110 seconds, though time penalties can be incurred for touching a gate (two seconds) and missing a gate (50 seconds). A single-blade paddle is used by an athlete who is strapped into the boat with their legs bent at the knees and tucked under their body.


Archie Nelson Qualifies for Australian National Team