Congratulations to Ian Hume, who was recently inducted as a Life Member of Paddle Australia.

Ian started canoeing as a 14 year old boy, when he first competed in the Murray River marathon.

He has been a Paddle SA (Canoe South Australia) director, and from 2001—2004 was the State Executive Officer. His business expertise set the Sate body on a path of strong growth and sustainability that we value to this day. Ian is a Paddle SA Life Member.

In the 1990s Ian was chair of the Australian Canoeing marathon committee, and helped take marathon on a more structured approach with its activities. He was actively engaged in the development of the roles, responsibilities and documentation for all technical committees.

During this time he also became an active member of the AC regatta group, and was a technical official at the 2000 Olympic Games. He has continued with this interest, and is currently the chief technology expert for the competition committee. He even personally supplies most of the technology requirements to enable major events to run efficiently.

When AC was struggling to survive Ian was a valuable resource, and was one of a small group of people who stepped up to help the interim AC Board keep the sport alive, with the support of the Australian Sports Commission. He, and recent PA Life Member inductee John Borojevic, were very much ‘the cool heads’ during this time.

Ian was also the major player in the development of the AC/PA membership data base model that served us so well until the recent changes. He later joined the AC Board, and was head of the Risk and Audit Committee. Ian was known and respected for his focused, pragmatic approach to key issues.

Through his business operations Ian has been a financial supporter of CSA/PSA since the early 2000s,  and has also sponsored some AC activities.

Ian is still deeply involved in the sport in SA, offering guidance to both PSA staff and directors, IT management, regatta support and sponsorship – and actively competing in events.