Nominations for the 2018-19 Annual Awards

In 2019 Paddle Australia will be presenting awards to our paddling community, covering the nomination period 1st October 2018 – 30th September 2019. The nominations will be awarded in the categories as stated in the Honours Awards Policy.

The awards dinner will take place on Saturday 9th November 2019 at the Mercure Sydney. Tickets for the dinner will be on sale soon!

Nominations will close midnight (AEST) 30th September 2019.

Paddler of the Year – Olympic

Any paddler competing in open competition at any level during the nomination period in the disciplines of slalom or sprint.

Paddler of the Year – Non-Olympic

Any paddler competing in open competition at any level during the nomination period in non-Olympic paddlesports or events.

Paracanoeist of the Year

Any paracanoe paddler competing in junior or open competition at any level during the nomination period

Junior Paddler of the Year – Olympic

Any paddler competing in junior competition at any level, and between 15 and 18 years (inclusive) as at 31st December in the year of nomination in the disciplines of slalom or sprint.

Junior Paddler of the Year – Non-Olympic

Any paddler competing in junior competition at any level, and between 15 and 18 years (inclusive) as at 31st December in the year of nomination in non-Olympic events.

Team of the Year

Any paddlers competing in open or junior competition as a boat combination or team of paddlers competing in the same event or class at any level during the nomination period.

Master Paddler of the Year

Any paddler competing in masters’ competition at any level during the nomination period

Coach of the Year

Any coach, either paid or unpaid, whose athlete(s) as individuals, as an individual team or as a team of individual competitors, achieve outstanding results whilst competing at the highest level in competition at open or junior level during the nomination period.

Technical Official of the Year

Awarded to an individual who has achieved outstanding results in officiating at an international and/or national and/or state level. Someone who gives up their free time to assist canoeing competitions.

Instructor and Guide of the Year

This award is presented to an individual who has achieved outstanding service in instructing or guiding at a national and/or state level. The recipient is someone who follows the PA Safety Guidelines and demonstrates professionalism through their instruction.

The Olegas Truchanas Canoeing Award

This award is for an activity which best exemplifies the spirit of Olegas Truchanas

Service to Paddling

Recognises the efforts of non-professional sports administration personnel, officials, referees, instructors and so on who are active in the fields of secretarial support, finance, sports training and education, project or team management, and Association or club development.

Tom Green Amongst Next generation of Sporting Stars to Get Gold Medal Advice

Paddle Australia’s dual 2019 U23 World Champion and up and coming canoe sprint talent Tom Green (QLD) is amongst five of Australia’s most promising young athletes who will benefit from the wealth of experience of our nation’s very best as a part of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame 2020 Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

The 20-year old is amongst this year’s SAHOF scholarship recipients and as part of the scholarship Green will be mentored by Olympic gold medallist Grant Hackett OAM.

“It is an honour to receive a SAHOF Scholarship and to have been recognised by my peers. Being mentored by Grant Hackett, a sporting great, is a privilege that will help make my sporting dreams a reality,” Tom Green said.

“The opportunity to learn from someone who has been there and who has experienced the ups and downs of elite competition and can share their lessons learned with me is simply priceless. I look forward to making the most out of this opportunity and I thank everyone involved for their consideration. I hope to one day be able to mentor others to help them chase their dreams no matter how big.”

Now in its 14thyear, the program is designed to help young Australians reach the highest levels of their sport, by providing encouragement and funding over a 14-month period.

“I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to help guide Tom through the challenges he faces as an athlete. Providing perspective through experience allows any athlete a greater chance of reaching their full potential,” Grant Hackett OAM said.

The five athletes chosen for 2020 include Tokyo Olympic skateboarding aspirant Hayley Wilson, featherweight boxer Jack Denahy, two-time world junior track cycling champion Luke Plapp, world under 17 water ski champion Sade Fergusonand under 23 kayak world champion Tom Green.

The five young athletes receive one-on-one personal mentoring by a current member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame along with a $5,000 sporting expenses grant.

Mentors include Olympic gold medallists Libby Trickett OAM and Grant Hackett OAM, squash world champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald AM, surf lifesaving champion Kristy Munroe AM and Australian football legend Kevin Sheedy AO.

“What well deserved recognition of our up and coming paddling star Tom Green to be chosen for support through one of Australia’s most prestigious scholarship programs. Working with an athlete and role-model like Grant Hackett will be a great opportunity for Tom to continue to grow both as an athlete and as a person,” Phil Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Paddle Australia said. 

“The Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship tops off an amazing season for Tom. In an impressive last few weeks he has won two gold medals at the U23 canoe sprint world championships, made the K1 final in only his second senior world championships final and secured a quota place for the Olympic Games for Australia through his performance. We are confident that this scholarship will be a fantastic opportunity to progress his career even further.”

With one month to go until the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala Dinner,the successful recipients will be presented their scholarships by their respective mentors on Thursday, 10th October 2019at Palladium at Crown, Melbourne.

Tom Green took home the U23 World Championships title in the men’s K1 500 as well as in the men’s K4 500 this year. He was also part of the K4 team of Lachlan Tame, Jackson Collins and Matt Goble, that secured an Olympic quota spot for Tokyo 2020 at the 2019 ICF canoe sprint world championships in August.

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame 2020 Scholarship and Mentoring Program

Athlete Sport Age Location Mentor

Jack Denahy






Buninyong, VIC


Sarah Fitz-Gerald AM


Sade Ferguson


Water Skiing




Roma, QLD


Kristy Munroe AM Surf Lifesaving


Tom Green






Mudgeeraba, QLD


Grant Hackett OAM


Luke Plapp






Ingle Farm, SA


Libby Trickett OAM




Hayley Wilson






Mansfield, VIC


Kevin Sheedy AO
Australian Football


Sport Australia Hall of Fame Chair John Bertrand AO said; “What an opportunity for these aspiring champions to receive a turbo boost into the real world of high-end performance sport from some of our countries greatest sportsmen and sportswomen.

All that knowledge and wisdom is now available directly with one-on-one mentoring by Members of the Sport Australia Hall of the Fame.  The impact on these young dream builders will be profound.”

About the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program 

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s Vision is to preserve and celebrate the history of Australian Sport and to inspire all Australians to achieve their potential both in sport and life.

The Scholarship and Mentoring Program is one opportunity to continue achieving our vision by helping young Australians achieve at the highest level of their sport and to inspire the next generation to achieve their potential both in sport and life.

Since the introduction of the program in 2006, 73 young Australian athletes (76 Scholarships) (view full Scholarship list here)across 34 sports and 50 Members as mentors have benefited from the opportunity of a lifetime to draw on the experience and wisdom of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Members in addition to the valuable cash grant.

Notable graduates of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program include Patrick Mills(basketball), Lauren Mitchell(gymnastics), Jessicah Schipper(swimming), Dylan Alcott(wheelchair basketball), Caroline Buchanan(BMX), Michael Hepburn(cycling), Ashleigh Gentle(triathlon), Annabelle Smith(diving) and Dani Samuels(athletics).

Scholarship holders have been privileged to be mentored by such Australian sporting greats as; Catherine Freeman OAM,Susie O’Neill AM,Adam Gilchrist AM,Robert de Castella AO MBE and Sport Australia Hall of Fame Chair John Bertrand AO.

Established in 1985, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame plays a vital role in preserving and perpetuating Australia’s rich sporting heritage, whilst promoting the values of courage, sportsmanship, integrity, mateship, persistence, and excellence, all underpinned by generosity, modesty, pride and ambition.

The 35thSport Australia Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Gala Dinner

What: Australia’s most prestigious sporting awards ceremony
Date: Thursday, 10th October 2019
Time: From 5:45pm (Media, VIP and Members) and 6:30pm (Guests)
Where: Palladium at Crown, Melbourne
Who: The largest collective gathering of Australian sporting greats and luminaries
Awards: The induction of seven new Australian sporting greats into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame


Elevation of one member as the 41st Legend of Australian Sport


Naming of ‘The Don’ Award winner


Presentation to the 2020 recipients of the Scholarship and Mentoring Program

Nomination: The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is determined to carry to Australians everywhere the symbol of excellence as represented by its 565 Members across all sports and genders. Membership of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is the crowning achievement of a sporting career and represents the highest level of peer recognition for an individual’s contribution to his or her sport. For more information about criteria and how to nominate click here.


Double World Cup Crown and Double World Cup Gold for Jessica Fox

Jessica Fox on Sunday hung on by her fingernails to win a second gold medal at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Final in Prague, and in doing so underlined her dominance of women’s canoeing by sealing her third consecutive overall C1 world cup title.

After Jessica Fox’s staggering, record-breaking results in 2018 it was hard to imagine she could repeat the performance in 2019. But the 25-year-old most successful female slalom paddler of all-time stepped up on the final weekend of the five-event world cup season, winning both the K1 and C1 gold medals, and successfully defending both overall world cup titles.

But she only just held on to win on Sunday, posting a time 0.04 seconds quicker than Great Britain’s Kimberley Woods in the C1. Czech Tereza Fiserova was third.

“I think every race has been pretty tough and challenging, and I think after yesterday’s win, it was such a big win for me, so I wanted to come back today and go through the process again and stay grounded,” Fox said.

“It wasn’t perfect, and it was a fight to the finish. My goal is always to put down my best runs, not win the overall world cup, that’s a bonus of doing consistent races.

“It wasn’t the perfect season like last year, but I’ve learned so much from every race that I’ve done. The competition in the C1 category is getting better and better, the girls are hungry and improving a lot, it makes me really proud to be in this category.”

Fox finished well ahead in the overall standings, finishing with 312 points to Brazil’s Ana Satila on 225 to make it three C1 titles in a row. Fiserova was third on 222 overall points.

It is her fifth overall world cup title in the women’s C1, the boat class which will premier on the Olympic program at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Saturday’s win in the women’s K1 marked Jessica Fox second consecutive overall world cup win in the class she won Olympic silver (London 2012) and Olympic bronze (2016) in.

The two-time Olympian heads to La Seu in Spain now, determined to also defend the world championship C1 and K1 titles she won last year.

“I’m really happy to finish off this way, especially in the last world cup, it’s double points, it’s Prague, which is always really challenging, but there’s been an amazing atmosphere and I’ve really enjoyed racing,” she said.

“That’s what will keep me fresh and happy and hungry to keep training harder for the next couple of weeks. But I know the girls who might not have done as well as they liked here will be hungrier than ever for Seu, so I’m looking forward to getting back to Spain.”

Sister Noemie Fox also made it through to her first C1 final of the season, but picked up four gate touches to finish eighth overall.

Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) just missed the final, finishing 12thin the semi-final.

“It’s always hard to pick if it is going to be a close semi-final or final, or if people will make mistakes, and unfortunately I was one of the ones who made mistakes,” Lawrence said.

In the men’s K1, both Lucien Delfour (NSW) and Daniel Watkins (TAS) picked up two second penalties which kept them out of the final. Delfour finished 15th, and Watkins 17th.

“There were plenty of small mistakes made during the run, so plenty of time to make up the time, but I was pretty happy to put together a solid run in the semi-final,” Watkins said.

“I would have liked to be in the final for sure. I guess I’ve just got to try and tune-in these last three weeks, and try and make those final changes to make the speed deliverable.”

The Australian canoe slalom team will head to La Seu d’Urgell next, where they will prepare for the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom & Wildwater World Championships (25-29 September 2019) with the event also doubling up as the first Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification event.


  1. FOX Jessica  (AUS) 113.95 (2 seconds in penalties)
  2. WOODS Kimberley (GBR)   113.99 (2)
  3. FISEROVA Tereza    (CZE)  118.39 (2)


  1. FOX Jessica (AUS) 101.11
  2. SATILA Ana (BRA) 103.98
  3. TERCELJ Eva (SLO) 104.30


1.     FOX Jessica (AUS)   312 points
2.     SATILA Ana (BRA)   225
3.     FISEROVA Tereza (CZE) 222


  1. FOX Jessica (AUS)  278 points
  2. TERCELJ Eva SLO)  265
  3. KUHNLE Corinna (AUT) 248

See all results:

Major ResultsJessica Fox:

  • Olympic silver and bronze medallist – 2012, 2016
  • Quadruple C1W World Champion – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018
  • Triple K1W World Champion – 2014, 2017,2018
  • Dual C1 Team World Champion – 2013, 2015
  • Overall World Cup winner C1W – 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Overall World Cup winner K1W – 2018, 2019


  • Jess Fox (NSW) – 1st
  • Noemie Fox (NSW) – 34st
  • Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) – 37th


  • Jess Fox (NSW) – 1st
  • Noemie Fox (NSW) – 8th
  • Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) – 12th


  • Steven Lowther (WA) – 25th
  • Ian Borrows (NSW) – 37th
  • Dan Watkins (TAS) – 55th


  • Lucien Delfour (NSW) – 15th
  • Daniel Watkins (TAS) – 17th
  • Tim Anderson (NSW) – 45th

See the Canoe Slalom athlete profiles here:

Double Glory For Jessica Fox On Penultimate Day Of World Cup Final

Jessica Fox described as close to her best form, as she broke through for her first K1 win of the 2019 season at the ICF canoe slalom world cup final in Prague on Saturday. The win also locked away her defence of the overall K1 world cup title she won last year.

After dominating the women’s K1 for much of the 2018 season, Jessica Fox has not been able to get back to the top of the podium in 2019. But the two-time Olympic medallist got it right on the challenging Prague course on Saturday to win by almost three seconds, with Brasil’s Ana Satila second and Slovakia’s Eva Tercelj third.

Fox said she felt like she was close to her best.

“I think so, I think today was really exactly what I was looking for,” she said.

“I’ve been training so well here, so I really wanted to put it together. It was just about getting that run out.

“Just to deliver that in the final, I was so pleased. That was the elation when I crossed the finish line. I’m really pleased with today, it could not have gone better.”

Fox was also rewarded for her consistency over the five-world cup series with the overall K1 world cup title, defending the crown she won last year.

She is now looking forward to taking this form into the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships and Tokyo 2020 qualification coming up in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain in a couple of weeks (25-29 September 2019).

“It’s always a little confidence boost,” she said.

“It’s been a long season, but now all the world cups are done, we have a couple of weeks off, so I’m happy to finish the world cups on this note, and looking forward to being back in Seu.”

On Sunday, Fox will also have the chance to defend her 2018 world cup crown in the women’s C1. Fox currently holds a 47-point lead heading into the final day with the C1 semi-final and final on the schedule and double points awarded.

Australia’s only other competitor on Saturday was Steven Lowther, competing in just his second ever semi-finals of the men’s C1.

Two gate touches pushed the 22-year-old to 25thoverall, but the Western Australian was still happy with his final week in Europe of his first season on the Senior World Cup team.

“It was not the best, but I’m happy with how I approached the race, and there was some good stuff in there,” he said.

“If I cleaned up some of the touches I think it would have been a really competitive time, so I’ll take a lot of confidence away from it, and build onto it in the future.

“I knew there were no real big expectations on me, so I wanted to just go out there and do the best I could and learn from it. Even from the start of this season to now I’ve improved a lot, so if I keep that going I’m confident I can get some good results in the future.

Australia will be well represented on the final day of competition in Prague, with Jessica and Noemie Fox joined by Rosalyn Lawrence in the semi-finals of the women’s C1, and Daniel Watkins and Lucien Delfour setting out in the men’s K1.

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  1. FOX Jessica (AUS) 101.11
  2. SATILA Ana (BRA) 103.98
  3. TERCELJ Eva (SLO) 104.30


  1. FOX Jessica (AUS)  278 points
  2. TERCELJ Eva SLO)  265
  3. KUHNLE Corinna (AUT) 248

Schedule, Sunday, 8 September 2019 
(times CET, +8hrs AEST)
C1W semi-finals
9:22     Rosalyn Lawrence
9:26     Noemie Fox
9:54     Jessica Fox
Finals from 12:03
K1M semi-finals
10:23   Daniel Watkins
10:53   Lucien Delfour
  • Jess Fox (NSW) – 1st
  • Noemie Fox (NSW) – 34st
  • Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) – 37th


  • Jess Fox (NSW)
  • Noemie Fox (NSW)
  • Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW)


  • Steven Lowther (WA) – 25th
  • Ian Borrows (NSW) – 37th
  • Dan Watkins (TAS) – 55th


  • Lucien Delfour (NSW)
  • Daniel Watkins (TAS)
  • Tim Anderson (NSW)