Fairfield Canoe Club
2019 Centenary Year

Sprint Squad//Zoli session - all welcome! Followed by BBQ lunch


The Victorian Surf Sports Academy (VSSA) aims to provide a flexible training and mentoring program for Victorian surf sports and kayak athletes. Our goal is to establish Victoria as a force in elite surf sports and flat water sprint kayaking over the coming years leading up to the 2024 Olympics

About the VSSA Kayak Program

A key component of any elite sports program is an experienced, knowledgeable and effective coaching panel. We have recruited a range of coaches to provide the highest quality program for our athletes including:

  • Jon Ford (PhD) – former Australian Junior Kayak Team member and director of VSSA

  • Peter Gargiulo – former Australian Olympic Development coach and VSSA Head Coach

  • Jamo Porter – national elite ski paddler, multiple national SLSA medallist and VSSA program developer

  • Dave Ceddia – former Australian Kayak Team member and coach

  • Cameron McGill – former Australian Marathon Canoe Team Manager and Coach, 3 x world masters marathon medallist and VSSA Development Coach

  • Kevin Ball (PhD) – AFL Biomechanist and VSSA Research Director

  • Aaron Hamstead – VSSA Competition Manager

  • Coaches from Half Moon Bay and Avoca Kayak Club provide advise regarding the VSSA kayak program

Our program is purpose built, from the ground up, for Victorian athletes wanting to achieve at the highest level in surf sports and flatwater kayaking sprint national championships. We also draw information about program design from the best NSW and QLD kayak/surf sports clubs.

VSSA provides access to the best surf sports and kayak mentors in Australia (eg Loccy Tame) through a structured mentoring program, with support from a local mentor. This personalised advice and support is the key to athlete progression to the highest level.

Our aim is to attract sponsorship for VSSA athletes to assist with the costs of flatwater kayak sprint competition.

Session Sunday 26 August at Fairfield Canoe Club

We are aiming for Pete Gargiulo to work with all VSSA athletes at least monthly at Patterson Lakes Canoe Club or Fairfield Canoe Club. The first of these sessions will be held at Fairfield this Sunday with the following details:

Date: Sunday 26 August, 10am Location: Fairfield Canoe Club

What to bring: All gear including kayak and paddle


10am - Overview of the VSSA approach and opportunities. Meet and greet athletes and coaches

10.20 - Warm up and technique overview

10.50 – Main set with a focus on technique at level T2-T4

12.00 – BBQ at Fairfield Canoe Club (all welcome, no cost)

Experienced kayak paddlers aged 14 years or older that are interested in the VSSA Kayak Program are welcome to attend.


  • There is a strict non-poaching policy meaning no athlete will be approached by other athletes or coaches regarding club transfer

  • There is no cost for participation in the VSSA program apart from interstate mentoring sessions

    Interested athletes, coaches, sponsors or support volunteers please contact Jon Ford on the details below.

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