David Smith (AUS)

David Smith (AUS)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
13 February 1987
183 cm
85 kg
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Higher education
Real Estate Studies - TAFE: Sydney, NSW, AUS


General Interest

Smithy, Dave (canoe.org.au, 20 May 2015; goldcoastbulletin.com.au, 10 Oct 2014)
Drinking coffee, going to the beach. (canoe.org.au, 20 May 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the K4 1000m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (canoe.org.au, 20 May 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Jimmy Owens. (canoe.org.au, 20 May 2015)
Hero / Idol
Australian sprint paddler Clint Robinson. (canoe.org.au, 20 May 2015)
Awards and honours
He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2014. (insidethegames.biz, 26 Jan 2014)

He was presented with the 2003 RAG Award for Outstanding Junior Paddler at the Australian Championships. (olympics.com.au, 03 Feb 2010)
Other sports
He has competed in ironman races and surf lifesaving at national level. (lakeillawa-h.schools.nsw.edu.au, 06 Aug 2012)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling in 2002 on the Minamurra River in Kiama, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport?
He took up canoe sprint to improve his ski paddling leg for ironman competitions.
Name of coach
Jimmy Owens [national], AUS


Olympic GamesK2 1000mEngland, London8 August 20122012Men3:11.4564Best result
Olympic GamesK4 1000mEngland, London9 August 20122012Men2:55.0851Best result
Olympic GamesK4 1000mChina, Beijing22 August 20082008Men10Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Men2:58.1934Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Men2:52.44210Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Men2:59.9423Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mHungary, Szeged20 August 20112011Men2:48.7242Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Men3:19.82319Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mCanada, Dartmouth15 August 20092009Men3:15.8092Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mGermany, Duisburg11 August 20072007Men11Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 200mAustralia, Adelaide13 February 20162016Men48.6740Latest resultBest result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 1000mAustralia, Sydney28 February 20142014Men3:51.8206Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK2 1000mAustralia, Sydney28 February 20142014Men3:26.1602Best result
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaK2 1000mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008Men3:17.132Best result
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaK4 1000mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008Men2:56.761Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 5000mAustralia, Penrith12 February 20102010Men20:50.802Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK2 200mAustralia, Penrith12 February 20102010Men37.363Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK2 1000mAustralia, Penrith14 February 20102010Men3:24.843Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK4 1000mAustralia, Penrith13 February 20102010Men3:03.032Best result