Jessica Fox (AUS)

Jessica Fox (AUS)

AUAustralia
Canoe Slalom
Date of birth
11 June 1994
Height
166 cm
Weight
63 kg
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Psychology - Swinburne Online: Australia

Biography

General Interest

Nicknames
Jess, Foxy (Facebook page, 02 Sep 2015; redbull.com, 21 Jun 2015)
Hobbies
Spending time with friends, going to the beach. (canoe.org.au, 09 Aug 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Becoming double junior world champion, winning three World Cups, and claiming a silver medal in K1 at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (canoe.org.au, 09 Aug 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (canoe.org.au, 09 Aug 2015)
Hero / Idol
Austrian slalom paddler Corinna Kuhnle, French slalom paddler Tony Estanguet, Slovakian slalom paddlers Elena Kaliska and Michal Martikan, Spanish slalom paddler Maialen Chourraut. (canoe.org.au, 08 May 2012)
Injuries
She had a period of rehab from July to September 2011 due to a back injury. (jessfox.blogspot.com, 13 Sep 2011)

She broke her arm in 2005 doing gymnastics, which she subsequently gave up to focus on canoeing. (CanoeKayakTV, 13 Feb 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live believing anything is possible and dream believing you can do it." (redbull.com, 21 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2014 Athlete of the Year at the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] Sport Performance Awards. (ausport.gov.au, 11 Sep 2014; Instagram profile, 02 Sep 2015)

She was presented with the 2013 Female Athlete of the Year award by the New South Wales Institute of Sports [NSWIS] in Australia. (portnews.com.au, 22 Nov 2013)

She won the 2012 Young Athlete of the Year award at the New South Wales Sports Federation Awards in Australia. She also received the 2012 People's Choice award from Canoeing Australia, and was named the 2012 Junior Athlete of the Year by the NSWIS. (canoe.org.au, 12 Feb 2015)

She was named the 2011 Athlete of the Year by Canoeing Australia. (canoe.org.au, 12 Feb 2015)
Famous relatives
Both of her parents have competed in canoe slalom at the Olympic Games. Her mother Myriam won bronze in K1 for France at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, while her father Richard represented Great Britain at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Aug 2015; canoeicf.com, 01 Sep 2011)
Ambitions
To win medals at major international competitions. (canoe.org.au, 09 Aug 2015)
Other information
WORLD FIRST
She became the first female slalom paddler to win gold medals in both the C1 and K1 at a world championships, which she achieved at the 2014 edition in Deep Creek Lake, MD, United States. (australiangeographic.com.au, 22 Sep 2014)

HERITAGE
Her mother is French and her father is from Great Britain. She was born in France but arrived in Australia in 1998, at age four, when her father was offered the role of coach for the Australian canoe slalom team ahead of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. "I'm a bit of the three. I was born in France so I have my roots there but also in England. I've pretty much grown up in Australia so I guess I'm a bit more Australian but I like to think that I have all three in me." (CanoeKayakTV, 13 Feb 2011; redbull.com, 21 Jun 2015)

SPORTSMANSHIP
In 2010, she took part in the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, and not only won a gold medal in the K1 event, but bonded with her fellow medallists - Pavlina Zasterova [silver] from the Czech Republic, and Viktoria Wolffhardt [bronze] from Austria - during a celebratory dip into Marina Bay. "On the podium, the three of us hugged and jumped into the water together. When we started the race, it was each one for herself, but at the end, we were together. That is sportsmanship." (straitstimes.com, 05 May 2016)

International Debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
La Seu d'Urgell, ESP

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
Her parents introduced her to the sport as a small child. She began paddling on her own in 2005.
Why this sport?
"Having parents who were Olympians and knowing some of the athletes who went to the Olympics in Sydney, Athens and Beijing was very inspiring. I was glued to the TV and dreamt of going there one day myself. When I took up paddling in 2005 it was first for rehab, as I'd broken my arm and my physio suggested it. I quickly improved and wanted to see how far I could go in the sport."
Club / Team
Penrith Valley Canoeing: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Myriam Fox [mother], FRA, since 2009

Results

CompetitionEventLocationDateSeasonGenderResultRankMentions
Olympic GamesK1Brazil, Rio de Janeiro11 August 20162016Women102.493Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK1England, London2 August 20122012Women106.512Best result
World ChampionshipsK1England, London19 September 20152015Women107.274Best result
World ChampionshipsC1England, London20 September 20152015Women113.511Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamEngland, London20 September 20152015Women144.041Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamEngland, London19 September 20152015Women139.147Best result
World ChampionshipsK1United States, McHenry, MD21 September 20142014Women114.011Best result
World ChampionshipsC1United States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Women132.851Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamUnited States, McHenry, MD21 September 20142014Women193.4011
World ChampionshipsK1Czech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Women120.7718
World ChampionshipsC1Czech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Women126.091Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Women164.851Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Women143.384Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Bratislava10 September 20112011Women123.3019
World ChampionshipsC1Slovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Women187.918Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Women179.441Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Women237.7911
World ChampionshipsK1Slovenia, Tacen11 September 20102010Women113.745Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Slovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Women134.183Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen11 September 20102010Women191.7311
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith20 February 20162016Women105.182Latest resultBest result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC1Australia, Penrith21 February 20162016Women119.021Latest resultBest result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1New Zealand, Managahao3 February 20132013Women102.851Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC1New Zealand, Managahao3 February 20132013Women111.481Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith, NSW25 February 20122012Women103.622Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC1Australia, Penrith, NSW26 February 20122012Women115.201Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith21 February 20102010Women118.899
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC1Australia, Penrith21 February 20102010Women125.011Best result
World CupK111 September 20162016Women2Latest resultBest result
World CupC111 September 20162016Women3Latest resultBest result
World CupK116 August 20152015Women3Best result
World CupC116 August 20152015Women1Best result
World CupK117 August 20142014Women9
World CupC117 August 20142014Women4
World CupK125 August 20132013Women2Best result
World CupC125 August 20132013Women1Best result
World CupK12 September 20122012Women14
World CupC12 September 20122012Women19
World CupK114 August 20112011Women21
World CupC113 August 20112011Women6
World CupK14 July 20102010Women25
World CupC14 July 20102010Women5
World CupK16 July 20082008Women70
Oceania ChampionshipsK130 January 20112011Women159.989
Oceania ChampionshipsC130 January 20112011Women126.921
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith23 February 20142014Women100.121
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC1Australia, Penrith23 February 20142014Women113.482