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: http://canoe.org.au/2018/02/18/australians-top-medal-podiums-at-2018-canoe-slalom-australia-open/

Australian Canoe Slalom Team for 2018

2018 WORLD CUP SENIOR SQUAD

  • 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)

2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

  • 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)

2018 U23 & JUNIOR TEAMS

  • 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)

 

 

Canoe Slalom Development Pathway – Future Direction

One of the aims of AC’s Canoe Slalom Development Pathway is to ensure our athletes are exposed to appropriate levels of competition where they can have positive experiences and sound development opportunities.

Australian Canoeing have begun implementing a number of initiatives to enhance the long term development of junior and U23 athletes as an endeavour to ensure exposure to appropriate levels of competition.

To read more about the Development Pathway Future Direction please click HERE

Australians top medal podiums at 2018 Canoe Slalom Australia Open

Australians top medal podiums at 2018 Canoe Slalom Australia Open with Olympians Jessica Fox winning the women’s C1 and Lucien Delfour the men’s K1

Australia’s women paddlers topped off a successful 2018 Canoe Slalom Australian Open with a clean sweep in the women’s C1 at Penrith Whitewater Stadium on Sunday, 18 February 2018. Olympic medallist Jessica Fox (NSW) topped the podium with sister Noemie Fox (NSW) joining her on the podium in second and Tasmanian teammate Kate Eckhardt completing the Australian trifecta in third.

Olympian Lucien Delfour (NSW) followed suit in the men’s K1 event winning convincingly with a five second lead over of 2016 Olympic Bronze medallist and 2015 World Champion Jiri Prskavec (CZE) and 2014 World Champion Boris Neveu from France.

The win in the women’s C1, the event Fox holds three World Champion titles in (2013, 14, 15), followed her win in the K1 on Saturday (19 February) ahead of 2017 World Championships bronze medallist Ricarda Funk of Germany. Kate Eckhardt also made the K1 podium on Saturday finishing third.

In the women’s C1 five Australians made the top ten women’s final with Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) and Alison Borrows (NSW) finishing seventh and eighth respectively.

It was a strong show of power of the Australian women’s slalom squad coached by French Olympic medallist Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi in a world-class field that included 2017 women’s C1 World Champion Mallory Franklin (Great Britain) as well as Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist in the K1 Luuka Jones from New Zealand, who finished ninth and tenth respectively.

Jessica Fox won the event with a clean run and in a time of 106.81 and 12.1 seconds ahead of sister Noemie Fox in second (118.91) and Kate Eckhard in third (119.81).

“My sister was in the lead as I was going so I knew I had to put down a good run and I’m happy with how it went. The event has been a great start to the year and to our selections,” Jess Fox said. “The results mean that I’m selected on to the team for the World Cup and the World Championships in both the C1 and the K1,” Fox explained the selection relevance of the event.

“It’s been fantastic to have so many internationals out here so I was happy to get that win. Were in a different phase than the Europeans, for us this is our selection and for the internationals they’re in a training block, but its good to race them and I look forward to the season ahead.”

With the event a selection relevant event, tensions ran high as second placed Noemie Fox admitted after the race.

“It was pretty intense as this was our last selection event. My main competitor Kate (Eckhardt) put down a great run, so I was pretty nervous at the start but I managed to hold it together. It’s pretty cool to see our training group first, second and third. I think we’re very strong because of the competition between us and we paddled really well.”

“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,” the 20-year old added about racing her sister. “This was like a World Cup. There are so many great paddlers here so to test yourself against everyone is really cool, and to do it on our home course is even better,” she added about the high-calibre field at this year’s Australian Open.

In the men’s K1 three Australians qualified for the final top ten with Rio 2016 Olympian and 2018 Oceania Champion Lucien Delfour taking home the win with teammates Daniel Watkins (TAS) and Timothy Anderson (VIC) finishing fifth and seventh.

“I was a little bit surprised when I crossed the finish line and when I saw my time. I thought it was a good run but not that fast with five seconds ahead and I’m pretty happy with that,” Delfour said after the race. And in reference to selections he added “It was all good for me as I won in Auckland so I made the team already but racing here I still wanted to do well and win the race. I have only won the Australian Open once, so I knew I could do better.”

And about his teammates’ performance he said: “Its great to see the younger boys step up. Dan’s been paddling super well. He did great in Auckland (Oceania Championships) and he absolutely smashed the semi-final, won the qualifications on Friday. Its great to see and its more competition within our group and hopefully we all improve because of it.”

Teammate Dan Watkins had a strong event finishing fifth in the Open and winning the U23 category,

“I’m really happy with the weekend as a whole. I was over the moon and surprised myself a little to come first in the qualifiers. And I’m really happy to pull off a great run in the semi today and make the final with a really fast time. Lucien Delfour just killed the final and surprised everyone with a fantastic time. I knew he did well and that I had to change my game plan and paddled a bit more aggressively, but in the end I threw myself off line and came fifth,” Watkins said. “It’s all still to be confirmed, but this means I made selections in both the K1 and C1 so really happy to be doubling up on the senior team this year.

Already yesterday, Ian Borrows (NSW) was the only Australian to make the men’s C1 final. He finished just outside of the medal ranks in fourth place and +2.61 seconds behind the winner following one touch halfway down the course.

Some of the biggest names in world slalom contested the 2018 Canoe Slalom Australian Open at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium with Rio 2016 Olympic champion Denis Gargaud Chanut from France taking home the win in Saturday’s C1. Chanut had a clean run and a finishing time of 98.68 that saw him +1.01 seconds ahead of Rio 2016 silver medallist Matej Benus from Slovakia. Slovenia’s 2014 C2 World Champion Luka Bozic finished third.

The annual migration of the world’s best canoe slalom athletes from the Northern Hemisphere to the Australian summer has been particularly strong this year, with many of the athletes spending several weeks Down Under preparing for another big European season ahead.

Australian Slalom Team Selections for the 2018 World Cup and World Championship season will be confirmed next week with the 2018 season to culminate at the Canoe Slalom World Championships in Rio in September (25-30 September 2018).

A record number of sixteen countries competed at Penrith Whitewater Stadium over the weekend, with 269 starters from sixteen countries battling it out on the 2000 Sydney Olympic Canoe Slalom course.

It was the second international canoe slalom event of the year for Australia’s paddlers following the Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships, Auckland, New Zealand at the end of January (Jan 27 – 29 2018). Results from both events count towards selection to the 2018 Australian Slalom Team.

Women’s C1 Final – Sunday, 18 February 2018

  1. Jessica Fox (Australia) 106.81, 2. Noemie Fox (Australia) 118.91, 3. Kate Eckhardt (Australia) 119.81, 4. Eilidh Gibson (Great Britain) 120.62, 5. Gabriela Satkova (Czech Republic) 121.57, 6. Luuka Jones (New Zealand) 123.86, 7. Rosalyn Lawrence (Australia) 125.91, 8. Alison Borrows (Australia) 127.01, 9. Mallory Franklin (Great Britain) 131.30, 10. Klara Olazabal (Spain) 173.76

Men’s K1 Final – Sunday, 18 February 2018

  1. Lucien Delfour (Australia) 89.79, 2. Jiri Prskavec (Czech Republic) 95.40, 3. Boris Neveu (France) 95.74, 4. Hannes Aigner (Germany) 95.93, 5. Daniel Watkins (Australia) 97.14, 6. Joseph Clarke (Great Britain) 98.64, 7. Timothy Anderson (Australia) 99.34, 8. Jakub Grigar (Slovakia) 99.86, 9. Ondrej Tunka (Czech Republic) 146.77, 10. Pierre Bourliaud (France) 160.35.

Men’s C1 Final – Saturday, 17 February 2018

  1. Denis Gargaud Chanut (France) 98.68, 2. Matej Benus (Slovakia) 99.69, 3. Luka Bozic (Slovenia) 101.20, 4. Ian Borrows (Australia) 101.29, 5. Martin Thomas (France) 101.46, 6. Ryan Westley (Great Britain) 102.18, 7. Anze Bercic (Slovakia) 105.19, 8. Kilian Foulon (France) 111.57, 9. Cedric Joly (France) 117.24, 10. David Florence (Great Britain) 149.89.

Women’s K1 Final – Sunday, 18 February 2018

  1. Jessica Fox (Australia) 103.77, 2. Ricarda Funk (Germany) 107.24, 3. Kate Eckhardt (Australia) 107.77, 4. Katerina Kudejova (Czech Republic) 109.36, 5. Mallory Franklin (Great Britain) 109.93, 6. Luuka Jones (New Zealand) 112.09, 7. Rosalyn Lawrence (Australia) 118.26, 8. Caroline Trompeter (Germany) 121.46, 9. Ursa Kragelj (Slovenia) 121.59, 10. Marie-Zelia Lafont (France) 164.05.

See all results here: http://bit.ly/18AusOpenLiveResults

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Jess Fox and Kate Eckhard shine on day two of “World Cup like” Australia Open

Australia’s women paddlers impressed at the 2018 Canoe Slalom Australian Open day two (Saturday, 17 February) with dual Olympic medallist and 2017 K1 World Champion Jessica Fox (NSW) winning the women’s K1 and teammate Kate Eckhardt (TAS) getting onto the podium in third. In the men’s C1, Australian Ian Borrows (NSW) just placed outside of the medals and finished fourth.

In the women’s K1, reigning World Champion and Penrith local Jessica Fox had a convincing win with a clean 103.77 seconds run and winning +3.47 seconds ahead of 2017 World Championships bronze medallist Ricarda Funk from Germany.

“It wasn’t the best run, but it was a solid run and I kept it together top to bottom, so I was happy to cross the line in first place. It’s a good start to the year and to our selections,” Jess Fox said. “For me the results means that I’m selected on to the team for the World Cup and the World Championships in the K1, but I still have the C1 tomorrow (Sunday). It was nice to get this out of the way and to enjoy the atmosphere of this big race,” Fox explained.

“It’s early in the season but it’s nice to get a win under the belt and Ricarda is a fantastic athlete. She was the one to beat last year and I’m sure she will be fired up again this year. I’m really excited to be again on the podium with her and to see Kate Eckhardt on the podium is fantastic. She’s young, coming up and has now qualified for the Worlds and she raced really well to earn that place,” Fox complimented her competitors.

“This is our biggest race that we’ve ever had here in Penrith with lots of international athletes and it feels like a World Cup. It’s fantastic to have that atmosphere and deal with that pressure in the final on the home course,” Fox added.

Second placed Ricarda Funk dominated last year’s canoe slalom World Cup circuit before finishing third behind Fox at the Paul World Championships and her duel with Fox in the kayak was on of the international highlights of the weekend.

“You always try to do your best. Jess has won another race, but it’s on her home course so she really deserved it,” Funk said. “I didn’t have the perfect run. The beginning could have been better, but in the bottom part it was a really good run. But it was the first race (of the season) so it was a good start of 2018.”

It is the fifth time in Australia for the 25-year old, who normally trains out of the German National Canoe Slalom Training Centre in Augsburg and she loves coming to Australia to train and compete.

“I always really like coming here. This year we are here for three and a half weeks and it’s really great for training in European winter, because it’s very cold at home. Here we have the white-water, summer and it’s great to get some feeling in the boat before the European season.”

With the battle between Fox and Funk somewhat predicted it was Tasmanian Kate Eckhardt who surprised with a strong final run that saw her finishing third and ahead of 2015 World Champion and 2018 Oceania Champion Katerina Kudejova (CZE) following in fourth. Eckhardt also took the win in the U23 category.

“I was super happy with my run. I attacked the way I’ve been trying to do and it felt really good to be able to put together a run that I am happy with,” Eckhard said. “It’s really been an amazing event. There are so many of the top ranked people here from around the world and it’s almost like a World Cup. Its really good competition and I’m stoked to get the result I did.”

While final selection decisions are still pending, the 20-year old was positive the results would speak for themselves. “I’m pretty sure that result will put me onto the team for the World Championships in Rio. It’s obviously yet to be confirmed, but its really exciting as that was my goal.”

Fellow 2017 World Championships Team medallist Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) completed the list of Australians qualifying for the final and finished seventh.

Some of the biggest names in world slalom are contesting the 2018 Canoe Slalom Australian Open at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium and it was the international paddlers, who dominated the men’s C1 with Rio 2016 Olympic champion Denis Gargaud Chanut from France taking home the win.

Chanut had a clean run and a finishing time of 98.68 that saw him +1.01 seconds ahead of Rio 2016 silver medallist Matej Benus from Slovakia. Slovenia’s 2014 C2 World Champion Luka Bozic finished third.

“It was an interesting race as it always is in Australia as most of us are not quite prepared yet to do such a race this early in the season and with so many big names in it. But its always good to start the season like that,” Denis Gargaud Chanut said after the race.

The annual migration of the world’s best canoe slalom athletes from the Northern Hemisphere to the Australian summer has been particularly strong this year, with many of the athletes spending several weeks Down Under preparing for another big European season ahead.

Chanut has been training in Australia since December and only went back to France for Christmas and the New Year and the birth of his second daughter. The family came back to Australia two week ago and will continue to stay here for another two weeks to make the most of the warm temperatures.

“I enjoy coming here for summer training as Europe is now freezing. The field here was very good and it was a good race. I had good run yesterday (heat), and I improved into the final, so I’m happy with the paddling I’ve done here and I’m looking forward to training more to be fitter and better for the Europe summer.”

Ian Borrows (NSW), who finished fifth in the men’s C1 at the recent Oceania Championships in New Zealand, was the only Australian who made it into the top ten final. He finished just outside of the medal ranks in fourth place and +2.61 seconds behind the winner following one touch halfway down the course.


“I managed to make the final, which I’m pretty happy about. In the final, I took a touch halfway down the course on gate 10, which kept me out of the top three, but I’m sitting in a pretty tidy fourth place,” Borrows said after the race. “This week has been really good and I’m looking forward to starting the season off with a good result.”

Just like his Australian teammates he was also thrilled about the international competition on home waters. “It’s so good to have so many people on the start list. Its pretty close to a World Cup field so its really good to see where you stand for the upcoming season.”

And in regard to the event being a selection event for the Australian National Canoe Slalom Team, Borrow added: “I managed to come away with a win today, which was really good but the other two events we’ve had I didn’t quite have such a good a run, so we will wait and see.”

Racing will resume on Sunday (February 18) with the semifinals and finals of the K1 men and C1 women.

A record number of sixteen countries are competing at Penrith Whitewater Stadium over the weekend, with 269 starters from sixteen countries battling it out on the 2000 Sydney Olympic Canoe Slalom course.

It is the second international canoe slalom event of the year for Australia’s paddlers following the Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships, Auckland, New Zealand at the end of January (Jan 27 – 29 2018). Results from both events count towards selection to the 2018 Australian Slalom Team.

Men’s C1 Final

  1. Denis Gargaud Chanut (France) 98.68, 2. Matej Benus (Slovakia) 99.69, 3. Luka Bozic (Slovenia) 101.20, 4. Ian Borrows (Australia) 101.29, 5. Martin Thomas (France) 101.46, 6. Ryan Westley (Great Britain) 102.18, 7. Anze Bercic (Slovakia) 105.19, 8. Kilian Foulon (France) 111.57, 9. Cedric Joly (France) 117.24, 10. David Florence (Great Britain) 149.89.

Women’s K1 Final

  1. Jessica Fox (Australia) 103.77, 2. Ricarda Funk (Germany) 107.24, 3. Kate Eckhardt (Australia) 107.77, 4. Katerina Kudejova (Czech Republic) 109.36, 5. Mallory Franklin (Great Britain) 109.93, 6. Luuka Jones (New Zealand) 112.09, 7. Rosalyn Lawrence (Australia) 118.26, 8. Caroline Trompeter (Germany) 121.46, 9. Ursa Kragelj (Slovenia) 121.59, 10. Marie-Zelia Lafont (France) 164.05.

See full schedule here: http://canoe.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-AUS-OPEN-detailed-schedule-for-Teams.pdf

All results and live results can be found here: http://bit.ly/18AusOpenLiveResults

For more about the event see here:

http://canoe.org.au/events/2018-canoe-slalom-australian-open

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Jess Fox & Dan Watkins impress on a hot 2018 Canoe Slalom Australian Open Day 1

The 2018 Canoe Slalom Australian Open kicked off today at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium in hot conditions. Australian Olympic medallist paddler Jessica Fox (NSW) headlines the stellar line-up of Olympic and World Champions from around the world contesting the event in Penrith from Friday, 16 to Sunday, 18 Februray 2018.

Australia’s female padders kicked-off the regatta in style and shone in the C1 class. Two time Olympic medallist Jess Fox (NSW) and 2017 World Championships Team medallists Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) and Noemi Fox (NSW) led the ranks coming in first and second and third respectively.

“My C1 run was good. Very solid but I was low in the last half, so could have been faster but I was happy. It’s awesome having so many people from all over the world here. It’s super exciting just being able to watch such a stacked field and learn from them all,” Ros Lawrence said.

A record number of sixteen countries are competing over the weekend, with 269 starters battling it out on the 2000 Sydney Olympic Canoe Slalom course. “I think it’s our biggest Oz Open ever with almost 270 entries and I’m really looking forward to racing this weekend with so many internationals out here. It feels like a World Cup and a really big race and it’s one of the biggest international races of the year here in Australia,” Penrith local Jess Fox said.

2018 Australian National Champion Daniel Watkins (TAS) surprised everyone when he finished first in the men’s K1 heats, with a time of 88.43 seconds. K1 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medallist Jiri Prskavec (Czech Republic) and Michal Smolen (USA) finished second and third, while 2016 Olympian and K1 Oceania Champion Lucien Delfour (NSW) finished fourth.

While the Internationals are enjoying being able to escape European winter and training and racing in Australia summer the heat also posed a challenge for some of the athletes.

“The weather is definitely affecting me, but I’m happy with today’s result and we shall see if it’s good enough against the rest of these boys. Coming here is always special and I love the amount of people who have turned up,” dual Olympian and London 2012 bronze medallist Hannes Aigner from Germany said.

The internationals dominated the men’s C1 heats, with 2016 Rio bronze medallist Matej Benus (Slovakia) coming in first with a time of 95.96 seconds, three seconds quicker than Frenchman Edern Le Ruyet.

In the women’s K1, Ricarda Funk (Germany) came in tow seconds quicker than World Champion Jessica Fox. Funk dominated last year’s canoe slalom World Cup circuit before finishing third behind Fox at the Paul World Championships and her duel with Fox in the kayak is one of the highlights of this weekend. Great Britain’s Fiona Pennie finished the heats in third.

Saturday (February 17) sees the finals of the K1 men and C1 women, with the C1 men and K1 women finals scheduled for Sunday (February 18).

The 2018 Canoe Slalom Australia Open has attracted record numbers of 269 starters from sixteen countries showcasing some of the best slalom paddlers in the World, including a team from Japan, the host country of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It is the second international canoe slalom event of the year for Australia’s paddlers following the Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships, Auckland, New Zealand at the end of January (Jan 27 – 29 2018). Results from both events count towards selection to the 2018 Australian Slalom Team.

See full schedule here: http://canoe.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-AUS-OPEN-detailed-schedule-for-Teams.pdf

Live Results can be followed here: http://bit.ly/18AusOpenLiveResults

For more about the event see here:

http://canoe.org.au/events/2018-canoe-slalom-australian-open