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Abseiling into Heart Attack Canyon
Heart Attack Canyon, © Tom Brennan


The NSW Canyoning Association is run by a committee of volunteers, elected by the members. The current committee members are:

President: Julie Burton

Julie is the admin of the very active OzCanyons Facebook group. She has been canyoning for twenty-four years, cutting her teeth on Claustral Canyon as an Army Reservist. She was also a former rescue trainer with the NSW SES. She has canyoned in Utah, and has been a regular visitor to the white-water canyons of New Zealand over the last decade.

Secretary: David Fisher
David first dabbled in canyoning nigh on 40 years ago as a diversion from his then obsession of caving. He is still a keen caver and combines that with canyoning, bushwalking and cross-country skiing. When wearing his other hat he is also secretary of The Sydney Speleological Society.

Treasurer: Mike Patterson
“A life long love of wild places has taken me bushwalking and rock climbing all over Australia, Italy, France and the UK. I’m now making the most of my Blue Mountains home by combining all those activities in canyoning.”

Events Co-ordinator (Vice President): Damo Anderson

“I got my first taste of canyoning way back in the 80s having spent my youth growing up in the bush on rock bikes and exploring. I’m passionate about the future of canyoning and the environmental challenges it faces.  I want people to learn about the dangers and the environment when they explore canyons and treat it with respect and it will treat you the same.”


The committee is assisted by additional volunteers appointed by the committee:

Publicity Officer: Mark Norman

Mark has canyoned extensively in Europe and New Zealand, as well as his beloved Blue Mountains where he resides.

Membership Officer: Aine Gliddon

Recently retired after forty years’ service with NPWS, Aine has been an active canyoner and bushwalker since the early 70’s. She brings a wealth of practical and logistical experience to the committee table.

Webmaster: Tom Brennan

Tom has been bushwalking and canyoning for nearly twenty years, and is the webmaster of the well known OZultimate Canyoning website. He has been involved in volunteering with numerous associations over the years, and served over 10 years in various committee roles. Many of his canyoning trips have been exploratory ones into the heart of the Wollemi Wilderness, but he has also canyoned overseas in Utah, Italy, France, Spain and NZ.

Regional Representative – South Coast: Tom Begic

Tom developed a love for outdoor adventure as a child and continues to indulge in activities such as bushwalking, canyoning, caving, snow camping, parachuting, diving, and photography all around the world. He has served on committees and boards for over 30 years in various roles. Skill development, risk management, preservation, and access are areas of particular interest.

Regional Representative – North Coast: Laurence Alderton

“I have been an enthusiastic bushwalker, whitewater kayaker, rock climber and canyoner since my Scouting days. I am currently a canyoning and kayaking leader with the Brisbane Water Outdoor Club and a canyoning and bushwalking leader with New Zealand Alpine Club.”

Regional Representative – Southern Highlands: Murray Newman

“I live in the Bungonia area and have worked as an assistant guide. I enjoy multi day off track walking through Morton National park, other interests include pack rafting, climbing and sea kayaking.”


The association and its members are bound by the association’s constitution.

Download the Constitution.