Fox heads Australian Canoe Slalom Team for the 2018 World Cup and World Championship Series

Dual Olympic medallist and reigning women’s K1 World Champion Jessica Fox (NSW) spearheads the 2018 Australian Canoe Slalom Team that will represent Australia at the 2018 ICF Slalom World Cup Series and the 2018 ICF Slalom World Championships.

Fox will be part of the ten athletes strong Senior Team that was announced on Wednesday, 21 February 2018. The announcement followed the final selection event, the 2018 Canoe Slalom Australian Open, held at Penrith Whitewater Stadium last weekend (16 – 18 February 2018).

Fox already holds three World Championship titles in the C1 women to her name (2013, 2014, 2015) as well as two Olympic medals in the K1. She also is the 2017 K1 World Champion and once again was selected to represent Australia in both events. At the Australian Open the 23-year old won both the K1 women as well as the C1 women in a strong international field.

“It’s still early in the season but it was a great start to the year and nice to get a couple of wins under the belt, especially as we had some great international athletes at the Australian Open. We’re in a different phase than the Europeans, for us it was our selection and for the internationals they’re in a training block, but it was good to race them and I look forward to the season ahead,” Jess Fox said.

2017 World Championship team medallists Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW), sister Noemie Fox as well as Tasmanian Kate Eckhardt will join her on the World Cup Team with both Noemie Fox and Kate Eckhardt also selected on to the U23 Team.

The two 20-year olds both finished on the podium at the Australian Open with Kate Eckhard finishing third in both the women’s K1 and C1 events and Noemie Fox finishing second in the C1.

“To see both Kate and Noemie on the podium at the Australian Open was fantastic. They are young, coming up and qualified for the Team and they both raced really well to earn that place,” Jessica Fox said about the squad results from the weekend.

“I think we’re very strong because of the competition between us and we paddled really well,” sister Noemie Fox added. “I think Jess showed she’s one level above us, but it’s really cool to train with her and race with her because she is one of the best paddlers in the world.”

In the men’s events, Olympian Lucien Delfour will be leading the charge at the World Cups after winning the K1 men both at the Oceania Slalom Championships in Auckland at the end of January as well as at the Australian Open.

Also selected on the team is 22-year old Tasmanian Daniel Watkins, who will contest both the U23 as well as the Senior World Championships in both the men’s C1 and K1 events.

“Its great to see the younger boys step up. Dan’s been paddling super well. He did great in Auckland and he absolutely smashed the semi-final and he won the qualifications on Friday at the Australian Open. Its great to see and it’s more competition within our group and hopefully we’ll all improve because of it,” Lucien Delfour said.

“This is a very strong squad of athletes who have demonstrated they can be highly competitive on the International stage,” Australian Canoeing’s National Performance Director Shaun Stephens said about the selected teams.

“It’s exciting to see some of the younger talent step up and deliver during the recent selection trials and I’m excited to see them continue to push themselves during the upcoming international season. We lifted the selection standards to qualify for the team this year and full credit must got to the athletes and their coaches for responding to the challenge and raising their level of performance,” Stephens added.

The first ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup of the season will take place in Liptovsky, Slovakia from 22nd – 24th June 2018 with the season culminating in the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships on the Rio 2016 Olympic course from 19th – 30th September 2018.

See selected Australian Canoe Slalom athletes below and here

See media release about the Australian Open here:

Australian Canoe Slalom Team for 2018


  • ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1: Liptovsky, Slovakia, 22nd – 24th June 2018
  • ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 2: Krakow, Poland 29th June  – 1st July 2018
  • ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 3: Augsburg, Germany 6th – 9th July 2018
  • ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 5: La Seu D’Urgell, Spain 7th – 9th September 2018

K1 Women

  • Jessica Fox (NSW)
  • Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW)
  • Kate Eckhardt (TAS)
  • Noemie Fox (TAS)

K1 Men

  • Lucien Delfour (NSW)
  • Daniel Watkins (TAS)
  • Tim Anderson (VIC)
  • Ben Pope (WA)

C1 Women

  • Jessica Fox (NSW)
  • Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW)
  • Noemie Fox (NSW)
  • Kate Eckhardt (TAS)

C1 Men

  • Daniel Watkins (TAS)
  • Brodie Crawford (WA)
  • Ian Borrows (NSW)


  • ICF Canoe Slalo World Championships: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19th – 30th Sept 2018 

K1 Women

  • Jessica Fox (NSW)
  • Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW)
  • Kate Eckhardt (TAS)

K1 Men

  • Lucien Delfour (NSW)
  • Daniel Watkins (TAS)
  • *3rd spot tbc

C1 Women

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

C1 Men

  • Daniel Watkins (TAS)
  • Brodie Crawford (WA)
  • Ian Borrows (NSW)


  • U23/Junior World Championships Tour, Ivrea, Italy 9th – 23rd July
  U23 Team Junior Team
K1 MEN Daniel Watkins (TAS)

Angus Thompson (NSW)

Bradley McLaughlan (VIC)

Jack Choate (WA)

Joshua Montalto (VIC)

K1 WOMEN Kate Eckhardt (TAS)

Noemie Fox (NSW)

C1 MEN Daniel Watkins (TAS)

Brodie Crawford (WA)

Steven Lowther (WA)

Robert Janiszewski (VIC)

Jack Choate (WA)


C1 WOMEN Kate Eckhardt (TAS)

Noemie Fox (NSW)

Demelza Wall (WA)

Alexandria Choate (WA)



2018 Canoe Slalom Team Announcement

Australian Canoeing is please to announce the automatic selections for the 2018 Canoe Slalom Teams.

To view the automatic selections please click HERE

All remaining discretionary selections will be announced on Wednesday 21st February.

Canoe Slalom National Team Selection Panels

The Board of Australian Canoeing have confirmed the Selection Panels for the Canoe Slalom National Teams.

To read the announcement please click HERE

Australian Canoeing begin search for new C1 coach


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 –


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
§ 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
§ 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


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
§ 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:; or National Pathways Lead,
Mike Druce: 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: 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.