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)

 

 

Olympic and World Champions to contest “biggest ever” Canoe Slalom Australian Open

Olympic and World Champions to contest “biggest ever” Canoe Slalom Australian Open at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, 16 – 18 February 2018

Australian Olympic medallist paddler Jessica Fox (NSW) headlines a stellar line-up of Olympic and World Champions from around the world to compete at the 2018 Canoe Slalom Australian Open at Penrith Whitewater Stadium from Friday, 16 to Sunday, 18 Februray 2018.

The event on the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Canoe Slalom course has attracted record numbers of 269 starters from sixteen countries and will showcase 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.

“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. It’s great to get the chance to compete against the best in the World right here on our home course at this time of the year,” an excited Jessica Fox said.

The 2018 Canoe Slalom Australian Open 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.

“It’s also our selection races, so it’s really important to put down some good runs,” Fox explained. “At a World Cup you can usually ease into it with the qualifications, but here we’ll have to be on it straight away and it’s the finals that will count. But even making it into that final will be a challenge, because we have such a big field,” the Penrith local added.

“We have 65 entries in the women’s K1 and 38 entries in the women’s C1, which is fantastic and I’m sure we will see some tight racing. I’m really looking forward to it and hope we’ll get a bit of public to come out here to support us and to watch the Aussies take on the rest of the world.”

At the event, which is free to the public, Jessica Fox will race both the Olympic women’s K1 and C1. A three time World Champion in the C1 (2013, 2014, 2015), Fox will have the chance for a rematch with 2017 World Champion Mallory Franklin from Great Britain, who has made her way down under for the event.

In the women’s K1, Fox’s London 2012 silver and Rio 2016 bronze medal event, the reigning World Champion will line up against Rio 2016 silver medallist Luuka Jones (NZL) as well as 2015 World Champion Katerina Kudejova (CZE) and 2009 World Champion Jasmin Schornberg from Germany. Amongst Australia’s strong line-up and vying for selection are also 2017 World Championships Team medallists Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW), Kate Eckhardt (TAS) and Noemie Fox (NSW).

In the men’s events 2016 Olympic Champion Joseph Clarke from Great Britain and 2017 World Champion Ondrej Tunka, plus 2017 World Cup Winner Vit Prindis will be leading the charge in the men’s K1. The high-calibre field of 98 starters also includes 2016 Olympic Silver medallist Peter Kauzer from Slovenia as well as 2012 Olympic silver medallist Vavrinec Hradilek (CZE) and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Hannes Aigner from Germany.

The men’s C1 will see 2016 Rio Olympic gold medallist Denis Gargaud Chanut from France as well as four time Olympic medallist Matej Benus from Slovakia take on the international field of 65 starters.

Amongst the Australian competitors are Olympian and K1 Oceania Champion Lucien Delfour (NSW), who won the K1 event in New Zealand with teammate and 2018 Australian National Champion Daniel Watkins (TAS) finishing third. Watkins also won silver in the C1 in Auckland and is looking forward to racing the international competition on home waters.

“I’m really excited about the level of competition and looking at the start list, it’s not far off from the European racing we do at World Cups. It will be really exciting to race on a home course and see how it stacks up against the European World Cups, before the start of the overseas season for us,” Watkins said.

“I’m feeling really good going into this event, which will be the final selection event for the Australian Team. I had a good start in New Zealand and I hope to make the team and have some good racing this weekend,” the Tasmanian added.

The 2018 Canoe Slalom Australian Open carries ICF (International Canoe Federation) ranking points and will kick-off on Friday, 16 February 2018 with heats. The men’s C1 and women’s K1 finals scheduled for Saturday, 17 February 2018, while the men’s K1 and women’s C1 finals are scheduled for Sunday, 18 February 2018.

The 2018 Canoe Slalom Australian Open are supported by Colonial Hotel, Kennards Hire and Trim’s Fresh Fruit Shop.

For more about the event see here

See full schedule here 

Start Lists can be viewed here

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

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Golden Day for Australia at Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships

It was a gold day for Australian Canoeing’s Slalom Paddlers at the third and final day of the 2018 Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships in Auckland, New Zealand (27 January to 29 January 2018) with Olympians Jessica Fox (NSW) and Lucien Delfour (NSW) winning the women’s C1 and men’s K1 respectively. Ros Lawrence (NSW) added another bronze in the women’s C1 to a successful final day in Auckland for Australia.

Already yesterday (Sunday, 29 January 2018) Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) won silver in the women’s K1, Daniel Watkins (TAS) silver in the men’s C1 and Brodie Crawford (WA) bronze in the men’s C1. See day two media release here.

Held at the tricky artificial rapids at Vector Wero Whitewater Park in Auckland, the Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships was the first major hit-out of the 2018 international canoe slalom season and a selection relevant event for the Australian team with results counting towards the 2018 Australian Canoe Slalom National Team Selection.

Olympic medallist Jess Fox had a successful wrap of the Oceania Championships clocking 109.42secs in the final and winning the women’s C1 2.71 secs ahead of New Zealander Luuka Jones, despite a touch. The win capped off a straight series in the event after Fox already won the qualifying on Saturday (28 January 2018) and was ranked first after this morning’s semi-final. Teammate Rosalyn Lawrence joined Fox on the podium after finishing third in 116.39.

The win was a relief for Fox, who missed a gate in yesterday’s K1 final and ended up eighth despite clocking the fastest time in the final: “I was a bit disappointed with the K1 but the speed was there – it was just some technical errors that cost me dearly. It happens, I put it behind me and came back well today and put down some good paddling in the C1. It’s a really tough course and you really have to be smooth the whole way down. I paddled nicely in the semi and then tried to attack it a little bit more in the final.”

“All in all I’m pretty happy with this weekend. It was our first selection trial and we’ll have two more races in the K1 and C1 at the Australian Open mid-Feb,” Fox added about the tasks ahead.

Fox continues to be pushed by a strong Australian women’s team with Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) winning bronze, Noemi Fox (NSW) following in fourth and winning the U23 category, and Tasmanian Kate Eckhardt finishing seventh and third in the U23s. Alison Borrows (NSW) finished eighth.

Australia’s strong performances continued in the men’s K1 with Olympian Lucien Delfour (NSW) holding off defending champion Michal Smolen (United States) to win a tight men’s K1 final.

The top six men all posted clean runs, with Delfour’s 88.89sec effort just 0.04secs in front of Smolen, with Mathieu Biazizzo (France) 0.39secs further back.

“I’m pretty happy with my performance here. A couple of mistakes, but it’s great to go home with this, especially as it counts towards our selections and this is a difficult course,” Delfour said. “It’s one of the hardest courses in the world – it’s not big but it’s so technical. I did the Whitewater XL at the end of last year which was super-early in the season but it gave me more time on this course You’ve got to find balance and smooth paddling, which luckily suits me – I try not to paddle too hard, otherwise you just waste energy.”

It was a tight field in the men’s K1, with Delfour’s teammate and 2018 Australian National Champion Daniel Watkins (TAS) following in fourth and winning the U23 category with a clean run and just +0.95secs behind the winner. Tim Anderson (VIC) and Benjamin Pope (WA) completed the Australian line-up in the final and finished ninth and tenth respectively.

Selections for the 2018 Australian Canoe Slalom National Team will continue at the Australian Open to take place at Penrith Whitewater Stadium 16-18 February 2018.

Results:

Women’s C1: Jessica Fox (Australia) 109.42, Luuka Jones (New Zealand) 112.13 2, Rosalyn Lawrence (Australia) 116.39 3, Noemie Fox (Australia) 120.17 4, Sage Donnelly (United States) 123.95 5, Kelly Travers (New Zealand) 131.99 6, Kate Eeckhardt (Australia) 135.27 7, Alison Borrows (Australia) 142.93 8, Claire Jacquet (France) 164.15 9, Martina Wegman (Netherlands) 261.18 10.

Men’s K1: Lucien Delfour (Australia) 88.89 1, Michal Smolen (United States) 88.93 2, Mathieu Biazizzo (France) 89.32 3, Daniel Watkins (Australia) 89.84 4, Ondrej Tunka (Czech Republic) 90.08 5, Titouan Dupras (France) 93.26 6, Jack Dangen (New Zealand) 93.67 7, Yves Prigent (France) 94.60 8, Timothy Anderson (Australia) 94.92 9, Benjamin Pope (Australia) 96.64 10.

For more info & all results see: http://www.slalomnz.org.nz/events-1/oceania-champs

Two silver, one bronze at Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships day two

Australian Canoeing’s Slalom Paddlers finished day two of the Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships in Auckland, New Zealand (27 January to 29 January 2018) with two silver and one bronze medal. Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) won silver in the women’s K1, while team mates Daniel Watkins (TAS) and Brodie Crawford (WA) won silver and bronze in the men’s C1 respectively.

Held at the tricky artificial rapids at Vector Wero Whitewater Park in Auckland, the Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships is the first major international hit-out of the 2018 canoe slalom season and a selection relevant event for the Australian team.

Ros Lawrence kicked-off the Australian medal haul on day two of the event, after finishing the final with a clean run (101.48) and only .082 seconds behind Katerina Kudyova (CZ, 100.66) to claim silver. Lawrence, who went into the final run ranked seventh after a couple of gate touches in her semi-final, was thrilled to wrap up the day with a medal.

“I had a couple touches in my semi run, but my final was clean and I was happy with it. I could have been a little bit faster, but it was very solid run for my first selection race,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence has paddled the course as much as any of the internationals, having competed in last year’s Oceania titles, as well as both editions of the Whitewater XL event. She has seen vast improvements in the Wero course over the last 18 months and was delighted to escape without touches.

“It’s hard to have a clean run at Wero – it’s a tricky course and it can be quite unpredictable,” Lawrence said.  “There are more vertical walls here, which makes it surge a little bit, but it’s a much nicer course than last year. It just takes time and tweaking and the courses naturally get better. The competition has been pretty tough, but I was happy that I managed to stay clean in my final run today and we’ll see how it goes in tomorrow’s C1.”

Olympic medallist and K1 World Champion Jessica Fox experienced the challenges of the course first hand, when she won the women’s K1 semi-final in the morning and clocked the fastest time of the day in the final with a raw time of 96.53, but then missed gate six and copped a 50 second penalty from the judges, who deemed her head did not go through the gate line after hitting the gate with the bow of her boat. She also picked up two late touches, which saw her finish ranked eighth (150.53).

“I attacked it a bit mote in my final and took some risks that didn’t pay off, so I’m obviously a bit disappointed, but I enjoyed paddling this course. It is quite challenging and I’m looking forward to having another crack at it tomorrow in the C1,” Fox said.

Noemi Fox (NSW, 108.81) finished the final in fifth while Tasmanian Kate Eckhardt (109.11) followed in sixth and Alison Borrows (NSW, 114.61) in seventh place.

The men’s C1 saw two Australian paddlers on the podium with Daniel Watkins winning silver and Brodie Crawford bronze.

2018 Australian National Champion Dan Watkins managed a second place despite two gate touches after an otherwise fast and solid run (98.25). Losing four seconds on penalties, Watkins was only 0.39 secs behind winner Kilian Foulan from France (97.86) and had the faster raw time.

“I’m very happy with my raw time, which was 94secs on both runs and I’m pretty happy with that. It’s a really fast course here if you are on line and if you get off line it’s really, really hard work and it’s a massive contrast. Being able to swap when you need to in the C1 to keep the speed on the boat really helps,” Watkins said after the race.

The Tasmanian contributes his strength to the fact that he was focussing on the C1 last season, “Normally I do both the C1 and K1 and last year I only did the C1 and that got me pretty strong in the class. It’s my last year in U23s this year and I will be focussing on that,” Watkins added.

Western Australian Brodie Crawford joined Dan Watkins on the podium after a breakthrough performance and a quick run with only one gate touch and also a faster raw time than the winner. It was the first podium and Senior final at Oceania champs for the 21-year old, who will be knocking on the Senior Team’s door with this result.

“My performances have been building over the last couple of years and I had a bit of time off in 2014 because of glandular fever so I had six months off, but I have been working my way back to the top since then and hoping to break on to the international circuit this year. This is part of our selection trials and it’s definitely a good start.”

Australians Ian Borrows and Ethan Hodson also made the final and finished sixth and ninth respectively.

The final day of the 2018 Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships on Monday, 29 January 2018 will see the finish of the men’s K1 and the women’s C1 as well as the first Oceania boatercross (extreme slalom) championships, which features four boats racing down the course at once.

Results from the second day of racing at the Oceania canoe slalom championships at the Vector Wero Whitewater Park in Auckland, Sunday, 28 January 2018:

Women’s K1 final:

Katerina Kudejova (Czech Republic) 100.66 1, Rosalyn Lawrence (Australia) 101.48 2, Camille Prigent (France) 102.39 3, Martina Wegman (Holland) 106.22 4, Noemie Fox (Australia) 108.81 5, Kate Eckhardt 109.11 6, Alison Borrows (Australia)  114.61 7, Jessica Fox (Australia) 150.53 8, Luuka Jones (New Zealand) 152.83 9, Sage Donnelly (United States) 168.59 10.

Men’s C1 final:

Kilian Foulon (France) 97.86 1, Daniel Watkins (Australia) 98.25 2, Brodie Crawford (Australia) 99.59 3, Casey Eichfeld (United States) 99.60 4, Lukas Rohan (Czech Republic) 101.41 5, Ian Borrows (Australia) 101.68 6, Benjamin Gibb (New Zealand) 104.48 7, Callum Gilbert (New Zealand) 107.36 8, Ethan Hodson (Australia) 109.50 9, Patrick Washer (New Zealand) 119.99 10.

See all results, semi-final line-ups as well as Monday’s schedule here: http://www.slalomnz.org.nz/events-1/oceania-champs

See all women’s K1 results here 

See all men’s C1 results here 

Aussie Paddlers impress at Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships Day One

Australian Canoeing’s Slalom Paddlers kicked-off the international ICF slalom season in style by finishing in the top ranks in the heats on day one of the Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships in Auckland, New Zealand (27 January to 29 January 2018). Held at the Vector Wero Whitewater Park in Auckland, the Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships is the first major international hit-out of the 2018 season and a selection relevant event for the Australian team.

On the first day of racing at the Vector Wero Whitewater Park, especially Australia’s women impressed with Rosalyn Lawrence (95.63) finishing the heats ranked first in the K1, with World champion Jess Fox following in fourth after picking up a penalty but breaking the minute-barrier with a 99.o00sec effort. Tasmanian Kate Eckhardt (6) and Noemi Fox (8) also made the top ten in the heats.

In the women’s C1, Fox showed why she’s won three world championships in the single-bladed discipline by posting a time more than 7secs faster than second ranked New Zealander Luuka Jones. Fox’s younger sister Noemie Fox was third-fastest, with Kate Eckhardt following in fourth. Australians Alexandra Broome and Alison Borrows finished ninth and tenth respectively.

Olympian Lucien Delfour was the top Australian qualifier in the men’s K1 after finishing 0.56secs behind Kiwi Callum Gilbert. Mathieu Biazizzo (France) was third in 85.48, Kiwi Olympian Mike Dawson fourth in 85.62 while reigning world champion Ondrej Tunka (Czech Republic) was fifth. Australian’s Benjamin Pope (9) and Warwick Draper (10) also finished the heats in the top ten.

International paddlers dominated the men’s C1 qualifying, with Casey Eichfeld (United States) recording 92.76secs, a second quicker than Frenchman Kilian Foulon, with Australians Ian Borrows and Brodie Crawford following in third and fourth respectively.

Sunday’s (28 January 2018) schedule sees semifinals and finals for both the women’s K1 and the men’s C1, with the men’s K1 and the women’s C1 finishing on Monday (29 January 2018), alongside the first Oceania boatercross (extreme slalom) championships, which features four boats racing down the course at once.

See all results, semi-final line-ups as well as Sunday’s and Monday’s schedule here: http://www.slalomnz.org.nz/events-1/oceania-champs