Hall of Fame

The Paddle WA Hall of Fame consists of the highest achieving paddlers in our state.

The Hall of Fame was created by the Paddle WA Awards Committee in 2018 to recognise the most outstanding paddlers in our community.

Inductees of the Hall of Fame;

  • Were superior achievers at the highest level of paddling competition for a sustained period; or
  • Are persons who have made an exceptional and continuous contribution over a sustained period to paddling in Western Australia as administrators, coaches, officials or in another capacity; and
  • Have retired from the highest level of competition for at least four (4) years

Below are the paddlers who are currently in the Hall of Fame, including Olympians, coaches, and adventurers. Have a read through of some of their incredible achievements by clicking on their names!

Amanda Simper

Image 2: Amanda Simper in seat #3 of the K4.
Image 3: Amanda with Cindy Coward (Board President) at the Annual Awards (Photo: Lawrence Greed).

DOB

2nd February 1968

How long have you been paddling for?

Amanda joined Swanbourne Nedlands SLSC when she moved back to Perth in 1988. Here she was introduced to paddling and started training on surf skis a couple of years later.

Significant achievements

Competed in her first National Championships in 1995, winning the K1 1000m and competing in the B Final of the K1 500m.

When WAIS established a sprint kayak program in mid-1995, she began training with coach Krzysztof Lepianka, and made her first Australian team in 1997.

She finished 3rd in a second selection event and was named in the Olympic team.

Amanda finished 10th at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in the K4 500m event with Yanda Nossiter, Shelley Oates-Wilding and Kerrie Randle.

Current life/involvement in the sport

Amanda completed her level one coaches’ accreditation and started coaching the TID squad at Bayswater Paddlesports Club in 2009.

She then joined Swan Canoe Club and with the help of Marion Ewing, she established a flat water junior paddling program here.

She has been unsuccessful in any attempts to turn her own sons into paddlers, and instead spends far more time at soccer events than kayak regattas, but she says they will grow up one day and leave her to her own interests at which time she will get to hang out at Champion Lakes more.

Now that she has completed her studies, she works in libraries, she also runs her business in New Zealand, Milford Sound Lodge

Amanda is an invaluable member of the current Paddle WA Board.

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Australian Olympic Committee

Wikipedia

Bevan Dashwood

Image 2: Bevan (right) and John Breed racing in the ‘Bevan Dashwood Dash’ (Photo: John O’Sullivan).

DOB

15th April 1948

How long have you been paddling for?

Bevan has been paddling for 54 years, starting off in a wooden kayak at the age of 16.

Significant achievements

1965 was the beginning of a long career of teaching, coaching and instructing paddling technique to paddlers.

He was the winner of the first marathon race organised in WA in 1965.

Bevan and friend Peter Dear were the first to paddle the length of the Avon River from Northam to Bassendean; a six-day trip with no portages.

Was one of the founding members of the Amateur Canoe Association of WA, which 51 years later became Paddle WA.

Received the Australian Sports Medal for Services to Canoeing, and Sport Excellence instituted by Queen Elizabeth II and signed by the Governor General in 2000.

Was the state slalom coach from 2001 to 2010 and active member of the slalom committee. He had a major role in rebuilding the state slalom community and increasing the WA medal count at major Australian events.

Current life/involvement in the sport

Bevan is still a keen paddler but has recently taken a small step back from coaching.

The annual ‘Bevan Dashwood Dash’ marathon event run by Swan Canoe Club is to honour his contribution.

Athletes he has coached in the past regularly invite him to whitewater and surfing playtimes, which he appreciates dearly and feels quite privileged.

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Slalom WA

Kelvin Graham

Kelvin Graham in seat #1 of the K4, which won bronze at the 1992 Olympics.
Fellow Hall of Fame inductee Ramon Andersson is also in seat #4.

DOB

27th April 1964

How long have you been paddling for?

Kelvin started paddling Surf Skis at Fremantle SLSC in 1978.

Significant achievements

Kelvin made his first Australian kayak team and competed at the World Championships in Haewinkle, Belgium the K2 1000m.

Won bronze at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games in the K2 1000m with Peter Foster. Kelvin also competed with Foster in the K2 500 and finished 4th in the semifinal.

Won the K4 1000m at the Australian Olympic Kayak trials in Tasmania and was selected for the 1992 Olympic Team.

Won bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games in the K4 1000m with teammates Ian Rowling, Steve Wood, and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Ramon Andersson.

Kelvin also boasts a very successful surf life-saving career with many wins and placings, including winning the 1986 Open Ski title at Aussies.

Current life/involvement in the sport

Kelvin works with the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service where he is a Senior Fire Fighter, and also the lead Instructor with their Swift Water Rescue program.

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Australian Olympic Committee

Wikipedia

Ken Vidler

Image 2: Ken Vidler with Cindy Coward (Board President) at the Annual Awards (Photo: Lawrence Greed).
Image 3: Ken in seat #4 of the K4.
Image 4: Ken is in the middle.

DOB

8th March 1954

How long have you been paddling for?

Ken grew up with four other brothers in Scarborough and began paddling Surf Ski’s in 1967.

Significant achievements

Ken was Australia’s most decorated surf life-saving representative when he retired from top-level competition, winning over 50 medals across his 23-year career. This included four double surf ski (S2) titles with his brother Colin, and five ski relay victories. Ken was also the 10x Australian Surf Ski champion

He competed at the 1978 & 1979 World Canoeing Championships, finishing 4th in the K4 1000m and 5th in the single ski 10’000m in 1979.

Finished 8th at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games in the K4 1000m event.

Ken showed his versatility by winning the WWK1 at the 1978 Wildwater Racing National Championships at Harvey, WA.

Current life/involvement in the sport

Ken is a life member of Scarboro SLSC.

He is also an invaluable member of the current Paddle WA Board.

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Australian Olympic Committee

WAIS Hall of Champions

Wikipedia

Lisa Russ (née Oldenhof)

Image 2: Lisa Russ on the right receiving bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games
Image 3: Lisa in the front of her K4, with fellow bronze-medallists Hannah Davis, Chantal Meek & Lyndsie Fogarty.

DOB

26th March 1980

How long have you been paddling for?

Lisa began paddling in 1995 at the age of 14. She retired from top-level competition in 2009 but remains somewhat involved in the sport.

Significant achievements

Lisa has been on the Australian senior sprint kayak team seven times, winning medals at the 2002, 2006 and 2007 World Cups.

She competed at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in the K4 500m where she finished 6th in the final.

Lisa improved on this by winning bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the K4 500m with teammates Chantal Meek, Lyndsie Fogarty, and Hannah Davis.

Has completed two Avon Descents

Current life/involvement in the sport

Lisa does occasional consultant coaching for the WA Institute of Sport and has also been a coach and selector for Paddle Australia sprint discipline.

She resides in Derby in the Kimberley region of WA with three children and two businesses including a physiotherapy practice to keep her busy, but crocodile country means not much paddling happens for her currently.

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Australian Olympic Committee

Canning River Canoe Club

Wikipedia

Ramon Andersson

Image 3: Ramon with his son Ethan competing in K2 at a local marathon event (Photo: Britt-Marie Good-Gerne).

DOB

20th March 1963

How long have you been paddling for?

Ramon started dabbling in the sport in 1980 before starting to train seriously in 1982.

Significant achievements

Ramon has represented Australia on many occasions in varying disciplines, all with great success.

He won silver at the 1991 Sprint World Championships in the K4 10’000m event in Paris.

Along with fellow Hall of Fame inductee Kelvin Graham, won bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games in K4 500m.

Two months later, Ramon became the K2 Marathon World Champion with Steven Wood at the 1992 World Championships in Brisbane.

Finished 9th at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in the K4 1000m event.

1992 WA Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year, and 1992 & 1993 WA Sports Star of the Year.

2011 WA Sports Federation Coach of the Year

Awarded Services to Paddling by Paddle Australia at their 2018 Annual Awards.

Current life/involvement in the sport

Ramon has been the head coach of the Western Australian Institute of Sport sprint kayak program since 2003, and has taken it from a small part-time program to one of WAIS’s priorities.

He has produced numerous national champions and team representatives, as well as World Cup and Olympic medalists.

He has also been a national team coach since 2006, and went to the 2012 London Olympic Games to coach.

Ramon is still a very active competitor in both sprint and marathon disciplines, with his son Ethan now following in his footsteps as an elite kayaker.

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Australian Olympic Committee

KayakPro Australia

Wikipedia

Robin Bell

DOB

16th November 1977

How long have you been paddling for?

Robin was born in South Africa, and began paddling in Australia at the age of 15.

Significant achievements

Robin is one of WA’s most successful slalom kayakers of all time, specialising in the C1 event.

He won silver in C1 at his first Slalom World Championships in 1999 in Spain.

Showed his versatility by winning silver in C1 at the 2001 Freestyle World Championships in Spain.

Became the C1 World Champion at the 2005 Slalom World Championships in Penrith, NSW.

Won bronze in C1 at the 2007 Slalom World Championships in Brazil.

Won bronze in C1 at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Was the C1 slalom World Cup Series Champion in 2005 and 2008.

Received 13 slalom World Cup medals from 2001-2008.

Has been awarded Australian Institute of Sport athlete of the year, Australian canoeist of the year, and the WA sports star of the year.

Current life/involvement in the sport

Robin now lives in Sydney with his wife and two sons, and hopes to get them into paddling soon.

He now paddles recreationally doing creek boating and the occasional race.

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Australian Olympic Committee

Paddle Australia (Australian Canoeing)

Wikipedia

Sandy Robson

DOB

22nd December 1967

How long have you been paddling for?

Sandy has been paddling for 25 years, and studied kayaking & canoeing as part of her Outdoor Education degree in Bendigo.

Significant achievements

Sandy has contributed to the Sea Kayak Club WA as a sea leader and AC instructor for over a decade.

In 2007 she paddled 6500km of the Australian coastline as part of her SLAP expedition (Sandy’s Long Australian Paddle).

Retraced the expedition of Oskar Speck from 2011-2016, travelling 23’000km from Germany to Australia by kayak.

Holds numerous Guiness World Records for her expeditions.

Has attracted worldwide media attention ranging from local newspapers to international news.

Recipient of many awards, including the 2017 Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

Current life/involvement in the sport

Sandy continues to participate in paddling as a member of the Sea Kayak Club WA.

She also works as a special guest speaker at events and freelance Outdoor Educator, Paddling Instructor and Kayak/Canoe Guide in WA, interstate and overseas.

She runs her own business Sea School, teaching one on one and small group lessons to help paddlers achieve their goals and to provide Paddle Australia courses.

Sandy is currently writing a book about her expedition paddling from Germany to Australia retracing the Oskar Speck journey, and hopes that her next big sea kayaking expedition can tie in with world efforts to preserve and protect our valuable marine ecosystems.

See More

ABC News Article

Sandy Robson – Website

World Paddle Awards

Terry Bolland

DOB

3rd June 1951

How long have you been paddling for?

Terry has been paddling for 44 years all over Australia and the rest of the world.

Significant achievements

Is a life member of both Paddle WA and Ascot Kayak Club.

Owner of Canoeing Down Under.

Has totalled over 75’000km worth of expeditions by foot, bike and kayak across Australia, North America, Canada and parts of Asia.

Is the author of six adventure books, including the popular Avon River Guide.

Has generously sponsored and donated thousands of dollars worth of prizes to events and aspiring athletes.

Completed 26 Avon Descents.

Was the 2018 65+ K1 National Marathon Champion.

Was the Ascot Kayak Club president for many years and was the delegate to ACAWA (now Paddle WA).

Current life/involvement in the sport

Terry still regularly paddles and is a strong competitor in many state and national marathon events.

Is an inspiration to many new members who begin kayaking.

Has produced over 590 weekly newsletters as of today, and are still read by over 1000 paddlers.

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Canoeing Down Under

Interview – Avon Descent

Terry Bolland – Website

Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic

DOB

18th March 1948

How long have you been paddling for?

Zlatan began paddling 60 years ago. 37 of these years were in his home country of Bosnia & Herzegovina, and 23 in Australia.

Significant achievements

Represented Yugoslavia in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, finishing 29th in K1 slalom.

Has competed in five Slalom World Championships and three Wildwater World Championships.

Has coached slalom in Slovenia and Australia, and athletes from Canada, Croatia, Japan, USA, New Zealand, Lebanon and Hong Kong

Current life/involvement in the sport

Zlatan is currently the head coach for slalom in WA, and has coached many high-performing athletes such as Robin Bell, Kynan Maley, and Robin Jeffrey.

Still an active competitor in the WA state slalom series.

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Wikipedia

A maximum of three (3) candidates may be inducted each biennial period apart from the inaugural year of 2018. The next time candidates will be considered for induction will be at the 2020 Paddle WA Awards Day.

Please find the full selection criteria for the Paddle WA Hall of Fame here.