The Board of Directors consists of a President, elected by the membership every 2 years at an AGM and 5 "interested" directors with an addition of a possible 2 "independent" directors.
The Chairperson of the Board is a position elected by the Directors at the first Board meeting after the AGM. The Chairperson's role is to chair all Board meetings and the AGM.
The term of office for all elected positions on the Board is for 2 years. In each odd year, the President and 2 directors are elected and in each even year 3 directors are elected (in accordance with the constitution)
President: Emily Rozee
Board Members: Ben Angel (Independent Director), Janet Burdon (Interested Director), Peter Duong (Interested Director), Noel Holmes (Chairperson, Interested Director), Peter Carter (interested Director), Martin Finn (Interested Director), (see below for individual profiles)
Independent Directors: (vacant 1 x position)
Emily first discovered her love for paddling at a young age through her involvement with Girl Guides and Scouts. In her early twenties Emily joined the Onkaparinga Canoe Club and started training for marathon events. Her passion for flat water marathon paddling quickly extended to long distance and expedition sea paddling.
Born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1983, Peter came into the paddle sports through Canoe Polo first starting playing in June 2009. Playing canoe polo and contributing to the development of the sport is what Peter enjoys.
Peter's involvement with the administration and organising aspects of canoe polo began with simple tasks such as setting-up and packing away equipment, assisting with timekeeper and scorer duties and more recently with refereeing duties. Peter is a member of the Canoe Polo Technical Committee in the position as Registrar which includes the role of Communications Officer. Peter first started on the Canoe Polo Technical Committee in November 2009. As relatively new to the sport, Peter recognised there was a lot to learn about the sport and how it is organised so that he could make a positive contribution.
As a Board member Peter wants to assist with providing strong corporate governance of the organisation, regulation of the finances, and contribute to new opportunities for the development of the sport. Peter hopes he is able to bring a fresh, positive and motivating energy to the Board level and serving the canoeing/kayaking sporting community with his efforts.
Peter is a finance graduate of the University of Adelaide, graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Finance Degree, and recently worked in the banking and finance industry for several years. Through both tertiary studies in employment, Peter has gained knowledge in financial management, banking, commercial law, corporate governance, and legal compliance. Peter wants to use these skills in serving as a Director on the Board of Canoe SA.
Peter Carter began paddling in the late 1960s, when he was put in charge of aquatic activities at YMCA camps. He joined the SA Canoeing Association in 1972, and became its secretary in 1974, holding the position until 1985. In 1987 he served one term as the Association president.
Peter was a member of the SACA Training Committee, which ultimately became Canoe SA: Education, and in recent years has been its secretary. As an Instructor, he was an Advanced Sea Kayak Instructor (Level 3) until recently.
At a national level, Peter served a term as Secretary of the Australian Board of Canoe Education in the early 1980s, and again from 1993 to 2002. He has been involved with the preparation of training materials for the new Australian Canoeing Award Scheme, as well as writing and illustrating articles on canoeing topics in the popular and paddling press. He was also the architect of the original Canoe SA website.
For some years, he has been Secretary of Investigator Canoe Club and is now Secretary of Adelaide Canoe Club.
Peter’s paddling experience is wide. Primarily a sea kayaker (expeditions include the first kayak circumnavigation of Kangaroo Island and crossing from Port Lincoln to Adelaide in the summer of 1980–1981), Peter also has considerable canoe paddling time in Murray backwaters. For a couple of seasons in the early 1980s he paddled Veteran K1 Sprint, along with local Slalom (kayak and C1), and was involved with the original Canoe Polo series in SA.
Boat design and construction has long been one of his interests, and he began work on the Platypus BAT in 1972, and the Voyager sea kayak, with integrated cockpit and retractable fin, in the mid 1980s. Development of both craft continues.
Noel is an avid canoe polo player and is a past Chairperson of the Canoe Polo Technical Committee as well as the SA representative on the Australian Canoeing Canoe Polo Technical Committee. Noel is also the proud father of Anton, Meegan, Joshua and Luke who have been selected (and represented) Australia in ICF World Canoe Polo Championships.
Janet is the newest member of the Board and agreed to come and use her considerable skills and knowledge for the sport.
Ben came onto the Board in July 2013. Born in Adelaide in 1967, Ben has career experience in financial markets, risk assessment and regulatory compliance. Currently he works as a part time trader and developer of environmental certificates and full time father of twins. Surf, triathlon, MTB and motorsport fulfill his passions for outdoor, water, endurance and adrenalin sports.
In a world where the correct number of toys and leisure activities is d-1 (d being divorce), Ben is yet to try his hand in paddle sports.
Ben hopes to use his business acumen and passion for sport to assist the Canoe SA Board with governance and Policy Development.