Penguin Bloom – Film Fundraiser for the AKC Paracanoe Program

Paddle WA and Ascot Kayak Club have organised a special screening of the upcoming Australian film
Penguin Bloom (2021)
as a fundraiser for the new AKC Paracanoe Program.


Show your support for the new paracanoe program by spending an evening at the cinemas watching this inspiring and uplifting film, in our own exclusive screening!

Make sure you share this fundraiser around with anybody you think will love this film!

Sam Bloom with Penguin the magpie.

Synopsis (watch the trailer here)

Penguin Bloom tells the true story of Sam Bloom (Academy Award® nominated Naomi Watts) a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her unable to walk. Sam’s husband, (Andrew Lincoln), her three young boys and her mother (Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver), are struggling to adjust to their new situation when an unlikely ally enters their world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin. The bird’s arrival is a welcome distraction for the Bloom family, eventually making a profound difference in the family’s life.

When Is The Movie On?

Date:               Saturday, 23rd January 2021
Time:              6.00pm
Location:       Event Cinemas, Innaloo
Cost:               $20 for 15+ | $15 for under 15’s
Tickets:          See below

Ascot Kayak Club have also arranged to bring some paracanoes, kayak ergos and info packs to display before the screening to help promote the program.

More About Sam Bloom

After finding an unlikely friend in the magpie, Sam found a renewed sense of purpose and turned to sports, including paracanoeing.

In 2015, Sam was selected to the Australian Paracanoe Team to compete in Milan, Italy at the 2015 ICF Paracanoe World Championships in the KL1 Women 200m event.

Today, Sam has reconnected with her love for the ocean and made a return to surfing. In August 2018, Sam was selected to the Australian Adaptive Surf Team and has since won Gold for Australia at both the 2019 and 2020 World Para Surfing Championships.


Sam training in 2015. Photo: Cameron Bloom


About the Fundraiser

AKC recently commenced the first-ever club-based paracanoe program in Australia, and already have 15 athletes in the squad from age 8! Though based out of Ascot Kayak Club, this program is a collaborative effort between AKC, Paddle WA, WAIS and other WA clubs, and will emphasise the enjoyment of paddling rather than focus on high-performance racing (which is highly encouraged!).

Paracanoests require specially-designed equipment that will allow them to perform with their disability. As each para-athlete is different, so are the modifications that they need. This fundraiser will help the club purchase the expensive equipment required to be a successful program. One such item is portable wheelchair matting that can be taken to any paddle event.

Thank you to all who attended the AKC Paracanoe Information Evening last month, who will be supporting the delivery of this program over the coming years. And a huge thank you to the team who created this innovative program:

Sue McDougall (AKC Vice President)
Ramon Andersson (WAIS Coach & Olympian)
Helke Melville (Prosthetist & AKC Member)
Demi O’Brien (WAIS Para-Coach & BPC Member)
Mark Daniels, Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy and Ben Sainsbury (WAIS Paracanoe Athletes & BPC Members)

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