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2018 Wrap Up: March medals, records and awards

9 December 2018

AOC: After returning from an exciting campaign at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, it was business as usual in March, which meant more records broken and medals won for our Aussie athletes.

Less than a month after competing at her third Winter Olympics and placing fifth, Britt Cox claimed silver in the women’s dual moguls at the Tazawako World Cup.

Cox was tempted to wrap up her massive season after PyeongChang 2018 but was attracted to one last hit out in Japan.

“It feels so great to be back on the podium,” she said after the event.

“I almost finished the season after the Games, but I had some fire in me and I love this event, so I decided to come here and compete.”

Winter-Olympic teammate, Sami Kennedy-Sims also backed up her PyeongChang performance, claiming two top eight finishes at the Sunny Valley double World Cups in Russia.

The World Paddle Awards were held with none other than Australian Olympic dual-medalist and reigning champ Jess Fox, taking out the prestigious “Sportswoman of the Year” award.

“It was such an honour to win this award," Fox said.

"The finalists were all incredible athletes across all disciplines of canoeing who have had phenomenal seasons and contributed so much to the sport so to be recognised in this way is huge.

"I am very grateful for the votes and support of the WPA, broader canoeing community and all the fans,” she finished.

In hockey, the Kookaburras claimed their 10th Azlan Shah Cup title. The Australian side took out the final against England, 2-1 and retained their world number one ranking.

Dual Olympic rower and silver medalist, Josh Dunkley-Smith broke the World Record for the fastest ever 2000m on an indoor rowing machine in 5:35.8, before announcing his retirement just days later.

The previous World Record was set 10 years prior, by New Zealander. Rob Waddell at 5:36.6.

Dunkley-Smith hung up his oars, with plans to focus on spending time with his family and pursue a career outside of rowing.

Olympic champion and world number one female shooter, Catherine Skinner competed in her first event for 2018, taking out silver in the Women’s Trap at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.

But she wasn’t the only Aussie to take the podium, with Rio Olympian Paul Adams claiming a silver medal in the Skeet Men’s final.

The Olympic fever was still around in March, with Tokyo 2020 revealing their Olympic and Paralympic mascots, 'Miraitowa' and 'Someity'.

Miraitowa (Olympic mascot) was a combination of the Japanese words for future and eternity while Someity (Paralympic mascot) came from a popular cherry blossom variety ‘Someiyoshino’ and echoes the English phrase 'so mighty.'

Liana Buratti

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