Australian Canoeing begin search for new C1 coach

COACHING POSITION AVAILABLE

Applications Close: 10th November, 2017
C1 Technical / Canoe Slalom Development Coach
Location: Penrith, NSW, Australia

Australian Canoeing (AC) is the peak body for canoeing in Australia. It encompasses all the disciplines of the sport of
canoeing: Canoe Polo, Canoe Marathon, Canoe Slalom, Freestyle, Canoe Sprint, Ocean Racing, Wildwater Racing and
Recreation are all under the one umbrella of Australian Canoeing.
Funded by the Australian Sports Commission, Australian Canoeing is charged with delivering multi medal outcomes at
Olympic Games and World Championships under Australia’s Winning Edge initiative.
You can find more information about Australian Canoeing here – http://canoe.org.au/

POSITION:

You will provide outstanding leadership, technical direction and coaching for C1 category athletes nationally.
Working at the National Centre of Excellence (NCE), Penrith, you will work under the direction of the Performance
Pathways Lead and provide support to the National Senior Coaches in the delivery of effective coaching and
performance support for identified C1 athletes and developing athletes across all Olympic categories.

Key responsibilities include:
§ Contributing to and promoting the overall strategic direction of the canoe slalom HP program.
§ Work with nationally identified C1 athletes in Slalom and providing outstanding technical leadership,
coaching services and competition support in both their daily training and at national and international
competitions.
§ Providing support to the National Senior Coaches and National Team Coaches in the delivery of world class
technical coaching to C1 athletes, with the aim of ensuring sustainable success in line with Australia’s
winning edge targets.
§ In conjunction with the Performance Pathways Lead, provide direct coaching services and competition
support to identified developing athletes at National and international camps/competitions, and to National
squads/teams.
§ Developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating high quality athlete plans that align to the national
program direction and success profiles for world class and developing athletes
§ Engaging and collaborating with high performance staff, SIS/SAS and National coaches to develop
opportunities and resources that contribute to the successful development, education, management and
transition of coach and athletes to a senior level.

Your success will be measure by:
§ Nationally identified athletes meet AC’s Winning Edge targets at international benchmark events: World
Championships (senior, under 23 and junior) and Olympic Games.
§ Improvement in Canoe Class athletes performance at benchmark events and in the pathway at Junior
National and domestic selection events.
§ Providing support to the National Senior Coaches in the delivery of a world class daily training environment
for Canoe Slalom at the NCE.
§ Success in Slalom events, evidenced by athletes working to high quality targeted training plans
§ Strong relationships developed with athletes, program partners, stakeholders, AC management, the
Australian Slalom Community and the AIS
§ Increased strength and depth in the Junior National Team in subsequent years

SELECTION CRITERIA

Knowledge and experience
§ Technical expertise in Canoe Slalom, particularly in the C1 category
§ Demonstrated coaching performance at an international level.
§ Devising and executing a long term training and competition plan to guide development of athletes for peak
performance at benchmark events
§ Working within high performance environments, developing potential emerging athletes into elite
performers
§ Working within a high performance team to actively contribute to performance and life skill improvements
with athletes
§ Demonstrated ability to identify, attract and retain talented athletes
§ Relevant Coaching Accreditation
§ Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent
§ Understanding of the key levers for performance in Canoe Slalom for development and elite athletes

Personal characteristics
§ Willingness to learn, demonstrate initiative and ability to prioritise demands
§ Clear communicator who exercises sound judgement and maintains confidentiality and uses discretion
§ Ability to build and maintain strong relationships within the sport.
§ Passionate, enthusiastic team player
§ Available for ‘out of hours’ work and interstate/international travel

(Please contact the National Performance Director, Shaun Stephens: shaun.stephens@canoe.org.au; or National Pathways Lead,
Mike Druce: mike.druce@canoe.org.au for further information.

Additional information
Position title C1 Technical / Canoe Slalom Development Coach
Employer Australian Canoeing
Work type Full time
Salary Structured to attract high quality candidates
Location Penrith, NSW, Australia
Contract period To be negotiated

Apply to
If you believe that you meet the requirements listed above, please send a covering letter (maximum 2 pages), and
current resume to: shaun.stephens@canoe.org.au by 5pm Friday 10th November.
If you would like to enquire about the role contact Mike Druce on +61 410 560 799.
Although the initial screening will assess applicants against the above criteria, the selection process will assess
candidates against all of the Success Profile. Please refer to the Role Description for all the experience, knowledge,
personal characteristics and attributes required to be successful in this role.
A Working with Children Check is required for this role.

Fox shows class with stunning world title win

Australia’s Jessica Fox has bounced back from one of the most disappointing races of her career to post an emphatic K1 win at the 2017 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Pau, France, overnight.

Fox was left gutted after finishing outside the medals in the women’s C1 on Friday, ending a run of three consecutive World Championship titles in the event.

She scraped into the K1 final last night in 10th place, but then posted an incredible 97.14 in the final which proved unbeatable.

Slovakia’s Jana Dukatova was more than four seconds back in 101.76, with 2017’s overall World Cup winner, Germany’s Ricarda Funk, third in 102.62.

“This one is really special,” Fox said.

“Yesterday was really disappointing and exhausting and draining, and I knew I had to come back today with a fresh start and try and make that final.

“Sometimes in training I’m able to do things to rival the guys, but then in racing I’m too safe. Today I’m really proud of that race because I feel like I attacked it the way I wanted to.”

Fox won her first K1 world title at Deep Creek in the US in 2014, a World Championship where she also won her second C1 title.

But she said this weekend’s win was special.

“2014 in my mind is my best ever performance, winning the K1 and the C1,” she said.

“After the Olympics, I was really pleased and proud to win the bronze, but I was a little bit frustrated.

“So to come back this year to Pau, to deliver a really sweet run after some disappointments here in the past few years, it’s really awesome. I’m just so happy right now.”

Teammate Ros Lawrence made her second individual final of the weekend, finishing seventh.

Penalties prove costly at Pau World Championships

Australians Jessica Fox, Ros Lawrence and Lucien Delfour have finished outside the medals on a difficult day of racing at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Pau, France.

Delfour attracted 50-second penalty which left him sitting in eighth position in the men’s K1, while Lawrence picked up two seconds in penalties and Fox six seconds to finish fifth and sixth respectively in the women’s C1 final.

It brought to an end three consecutive C1 world championship titles for Fox.

“I never thought I was unbeatable, I knew these Worlds would be hard,” Fox said.

“Although I’ve had a fantastic World Cup season, it does come down to that final run.

“It started really well, and then I got a touch on 11, and then 12, and that kind of rattled me a bit. I tried to push the lines a bit to go a bit faster, but that doesn’t always work, you kind of get into trouble by doing that.”

The gold medal went to Great Britain’s Mallory Franklin, who finished more than four seconds ahead of the Czech Republic’s Tereza Fiserova.

Franklin was the first athlete on the course in the final, and Fox said she knew she had set a very fast time.

“I’m pretty gutted, but the girls paddled extremely well, Mallory really deserved that title, she was amazing today,” Fox said.

“Generally I try to always use the pressure, because you can’t really avoid it. I think what happened today I just let the touch get to me, and I didn’t keep it together after that.”

Lawrence was one of the few C1 paddlers to master the tricky Pau course in the semi-final, entering the final in fourth place.

Although she went slightly slower in the final she said she was enjoying her paddling.

“I was super excited today,” Lawrence said.

“I’m really happy to be here in such a wonderful place racing, and really happy to do what I love doing.”

Fox and Lawrence will get another chance for medals when they contest the semi-finals of the K1 on Saturday.

Fox and Lawrence hold form at Canoe Slalom World Championships

Jessica Fox and Ros Lawrence were the best Australian performers on day three of the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, with both qualifying for the semi-finals of the women’s K1 in Pau, France.

Fellow Australians Kate Eckhardt, Ian Borrows, Tristan Carter and Daniel Watkins were unable to progress past the qualifying stages of their events.

Fox qualified sixth fastest on the first run of the K1, her time of 88.99 putting her 2.58 seconds behind fastest qualifier, Fiona Pennie of Great Britain.

However Fox had a two second penalty for a gate touch.

Lawrence had a clean run to post a time of 90.71, putting her in 13th place. Both Fox and Lawrence have also qualified for Friday’s C1 semi-finals.

Eckhardt picked up a 50-second penalty for a missed gate on her first K1 run which cost her automatic qualification for the semis, and then finished 13th on the second run to just miss the next round.

In the men’s C1, Rio Olymian Ian Borrows was 24th, Tristan Carter 32nd and Daniel Watkins 33rd on their second runs.

Delfour and Fox lead way for Australia at World Championships

Australian Olympians Jessica Fox and Lucien Delfour are safely through to semi-final action in their respective events after qualifying rounds at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Pau, France, on Wednesday.

Joining Fox in the second round of the women’s C1 will be younger sister, Noemie, and Ros Lawrence, while Delfour is the only Australian to make the semi-finals of the men’s K1, with teammates Warwick Draper and Jaxon Merritt both falling short of qualifying.

Fox, the winner of the last three C1 World Championship titles, posted the fifth quickest time on Wednesday in the first run, behind Great Britain’s Mallory Franklin.

“I knew the girls had gone quite fast, the times were quite close together and it’s a fairly open course, so I tried to attack it a bit more than I would normally do in a qualifying run,” Fox said.

“But I’m happy with that, fifth place is where I want to be for now.”

This year is the first time the women’s C1 is being contested at the World Championships as an Olympic event, but Fox said there was no more pressure than usual.

“It’s not massively important, but it does make a big difference now that it is an Olympic event, mainly for a lot of the countries that are now supporting the girls,” she said.

“It effects funding, it effects coaching opportunities, so I think for a lot of the girls it is important to get a good result here and show they are ready for Tokyo, or getting ready for Tokyo.”

Lawrence qualified in 14th position, while Noemie Fox missed automatic qualification by one place on the first run, but was able to get through second fastest in the second run.

Lucien Delfour had a nervous wait to find out if he had made it through to the semi-finals after his first run, where he picked up four seconds in penalties – the most of any athlete in the top 45.

He eventually squeezed through in 30th position.

“It was a bit of a stressful situation, I got to the bottom with two touches, which is definitely way too much for a World Championships qualification, but as long as I’m in the semi-final I guess I’m pleased,” Delfour said.

“I’m just about ready for a good two or three weeks of rest to be honest. But the last two years have been pretty difficult, the results haven’t been quite as good as I wanted, so I need to do well at these Worlds.”

Dita Pahl is the only Australian competing in the Wildwater World Championships, but was unable to qualify for the final of the women’s K1.