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Jess Fox becomes most awarded athlete at World Paddle Awards

26 March 2019

PADDLE: Australia’s canoe slalom star and the world’s greatest individual canoe slalom paddler of all time, Jessica Fox, has been awarded the 2018 World Paddle Awards – Sportswoman of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Her two-time win means the 24-year-old is now the most awarded athlete at the World Paddle Awards. In 2014 the Academy selected her for the Academy Award and last year she was presented the 2017 Sportswoman award in Silkeborg, Denmark, while the 2018 edition further cemented her name in sporting history, recognising her historic 2018 success. 

Fox’s stature as a veritable giant of the sport appears to have been solidified by her 2018 performances and, with the inclusion of women’s canoe in the Olympic programme for 2020, there is perhaps more to come – as Fox aims to contest both the kayak and canoe competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

“It is such an honour to win this award for the second time in a row now,” Fox said.

“The finalists are 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 and I am very grateful for the votes and support of the WPA, broader canoeing community and all the fans. 

The Penrith local set the tone for a record-breaking 2018 when she started out the season with an unprecedented winning streak, winning six straight World Cup races in only 21 days in June 2018. She was also the first athlete – male or female – to achieve a "triple double" World Cup win taking out the C1 and the K1 consecutively at the first three World Cup events. 

Her success continued when she finished the 2018 World Cup season unbeaten in the C1 and took home the 2018 World Cup crown in both the C1 and K1. She topped it all by wrapping up the most successful canoe slalom season in history by winning double gold in the women’s K1 and C1 at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships.  

Winning the women’s World Champion C1 title, Fox became the first canoe slalom athlete to have gone through an entire season undefeated in a boat class, winning all five World Cups over the 2018 European summer in the C1, the overall World Cup as well as the World Champs. 

The double golden World Champion crown brought her individual world titles to seven as well as her overall world champion titles tally to nine (including team events).  

This achievement saw her break two records previously held by both her parents. She surpassed her father Richard Fox, who with five individual World titles for Great Britain was previously the most successful individual paddler in history.  

When she added gold in the C1 on the final day of the World Championships, she also leapfrogged her mother Miriam Fox-Jerusalmi, who had topped the leader board as the most successful female slalom paddler with eight gold medals for France across both individual and team competitions. 

Then there are the pieces of canoe slalom history that Jessica Fox already held to her name before she even started the season and will hold onto forever. 

She was the first athlete to win both the K1 and C1 world titles in the same year (2014). She is the only female paddler to have won three consecutive world titles and this year she made further history by becoming the first athlete ever to win both the K1 and C1 World Cup titles. 

Jessica Fox's records so far are, 

  • The most successful female canoe slalom athlete ever. 

  • The most successful individual canoe slalom athlete ever. 

  • First athlete to win both the K1 and C1 world titles in the same year. 

  • The only female paddler to have won three consecutive world titles. 

  • The first athlete to win both the K1 and C1 World Cup titles. 

Without any doubt, 2018 was a season of historic and awe-inspiring achievements for Jessica Fox and one that puts her in great stead as she prepares to go for her first Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020. And with the C1 new on the program in Tokyo 2020, there will even be the chance for double gold. 

Major Results: 

  • 4x C1 World Champion (2013, 2014, 2015, 2018) 

  • Triple K1 World Champion (2014, 2017, 2018) 

  • Olympic Silver & Bronze Medallist: 2012 & 2016 

  • U23 World Champion K1W (2014, 2014, 2016, 2017) 

  • U23 World Champion C1W (2013, 2014, 2016) 

  • Junior World Champion K1W and C1W (2010, 2012) 

An overview of all nominees, finalists and winners in the past five years (2014-2018) can be found HERE.

Paddle Australia

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