Dave Hills QC Executive Officer

Dave Hills

Executive Officer
Phone 0414 960 728

Dave started paddling at a young age inspired by his father, a top sea paddling coach.

He has been actively involved in the sport at local and national level and also has an academic background in psychology and education. 

Dave joins us from the UK and has paddled all over the world including Canada, America, Europe, the Middle East, the South Pacific, Ecuador and New Zealand. 

Dave has a passion for all disciplines of paddling and is excited about working with Queensland Canoeing to promote and develop this great sport in the Sunshine State.


Rachel Wilks

Administration Officer
Office (07) 3349 1933

Rachel has been working with Queensland Canoeing since 2002 and is an integral part of the office. She oversees club membership of our paddlers and clubs, all finances, website development and general admininstration.

She is currently studying graphic design on a part-time basis.

Congratulations to Rachel on recently reaching the 10 year long service milestone! 


Mark Thurgood

Education and Recreation Officer
Phone 0414 960 722

Mark Thurgood joined the team at QC in 2007. 

He has been paddling for the past 12 years and Guiding and instructing for 10 of them.Prior to his time at QC, Mark worked in New Zealand as an Outdoor Tutor at a private TAFE and freelance Instructor for a number of Auckland based kayaking companies.

Mark holds Instructor qualifications as a current Advanced Sea Kayaking Instructor with Australian Canoeing, a SKOANZ Guide and a Diploma In Outdoor Recreation. He also has Instructor awards in a variety of other outdoor pursuits.



Erica Hamp

Jobs Plan Officer
Phone (07) 3349 1933

Queensland Canoeing was one of many successful applicants to receive the Jobs Plan funding from the Department of Communities: Sport and Recreation to provide a jobs plan officer to assist seven QC affiliated clubs for the next three years.

As the Jobs Plan Officer, Erica will be assisting clubs in areas such as funding, sponsorship, membership growth, marketing and in any other way the clubs need assistance.

Erica has a strong background in sales and marketing and a keen interest in competitive and recreational outrigging and dragonboating.


As well as many invaluable and hard working coaches, instructors, officials, volunteers and technical committee members.