Lifestart Kayak for Kids is Sydney’s own one-of-a-kind paddling event that attracts competitors and spectators from all over the state to benefit children with a disability or developmental delay. The event is open to all people, of all ages and all paddling abilities.

This spectacular event takes place each year on the last Sunday in March. In 2016 it will be held on Sunday 20th March. Competitors face the challenge of paddling in a variety of paddle craft over a variety of distances from 4km through to the full 18km course. All against the inspiring backdrop of Sydney Harbour, from Blues Point to Balmoral Beach and back to Clifton Gardens.

Serious kayakers are welcome to participate in this exhilarating time trial along the northern shores of the harbour, in solo or double craft and be in the draw to win some fabulous prizes.


For the novice kayaker, the course runs in four stages of approximately 4.5km each, and is suitable for teams of 3 to 12 people. Corporate teams can join the friendly rivalry amongst competitors in the quest to win the Corporate Challenge Cup. After the paddle, join the annual Lifestart family picnic with lots of fun, food and entertainment for the whole family.

Kayak for Kids is Lifestart’s major annual fundraising event and paddlers are asked to raise as much as they can in support of Lifestart. Kayak for Kids is the perfect event for family, friends and workmates to admire the beauty of Sydney Harbour. It is a team building event with a difference, while supporting children with disability in our community.


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Never paddled? Don’t own a kayak?

Not a problem … we’ve got you covered. The teams option includes hire of either a three-seater kayak or two-seater kayak as well as paddles and personal flotation devices. And best of all – you paddle the kayak with 1 or 2 other mates for one or more stages, each of between 4.2km and 4.7km.


Lifestart Kayak for Kids is the perfect event for family, friends or work colleagues to enjoy together. Alan and Therese Yeung paddled in the inaugural event in March 2008 and again in 2009 in two teams that included young Mia (8 years old) and Macy (5 years old). They have been back every year since, and look forward to seeing what combination they will have each year.