Ken Wallace (AUS)

Kenneth Wallace (AUS)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
26 July 1983
190 cm
90 kg
Marital status
Wife Naomi, two children
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Athlete, Lifeguard


General Interest

Walrus, Kenny (, 2015;, 12 Jul 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (, 2015)
Hero / Idol
Australian sprint paddler Clint Robinson. (, 09 May 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to music before a race in order to relax. (, 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Winners always want the ball when the game is on the line." (, 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named the International Canoe Federation's [ICF] Athlete of the Month in April 2011. (, 2015)

Following his success at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he was named the 2008 Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] Sportsman of the Year, the 2008 Gold Coast Sportsman of the Year and the 2008 Sydney Sunday Telegraph Sportsman of the Year. He also received an Order of Australia Medal [OAM] in 2009. (, 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in surf lifesaving at elite level. (, 2015)
Other information
In August 2012 he was elected to the Australian Olympic Committee [AOC] Athletes' Commission for a four-year term. (, 14 Aug 2012))

He has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on his right forearm. (, 16 Mar 2016)

He works as a lifeguard for the Gold Coast City Council in Queensland, Australia. (, 2015)

International Debut

Competing for
World Cup

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling at age 16 at the Currumbin Creek Canoe Club in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
He originally tried the sport to help his surf ski leg for ironman competitions. "I didn’t really know what kayaking was. All I knew was that it was similar to the ski leg in the ironman series."
Club / Team
Currumbin Creek Canoe Club: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Jimmy Owens [national], AUS


Oceania ChampionshipsK4 1000mAustralia, Penrith13 February 20102010Men3:03.032
Olympic GamesK2 1000mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro18 August 20162016Men3:12.5933Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK4 1000mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro20 August 20162016Men3:06.7314Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK2 1000mEngland, London8 August 20122012Men3:11.4564Best result
Olympic GamesK1 500mChina, Beijing23 August 20082008Men1:37.2521Best result
Olympic GamesK1 1000mChina, Beijing22 August 20082008Men3:27.4853Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Men19:54.461Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 500mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Men1:29.2161Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mItaly, Milan22 August 20152015Men3:11.1322Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Men1:45.7209
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mRussia, Moscow9 August 20142014Men20:12.9811Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mRussia, Moscow9 August 20142014Men2Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Men1:49.0509
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Duisburg31 August 20132013Men3:44.6522Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Men19:44.0591Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20112011Men3:46.37111
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Men20:44.4206Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Men1:41.9097Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Men3:33.6566Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Men20:01.3381Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Men1:38.2253Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mCanada, Dartmouth15 August 20092009Men3:32.5165Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Men2:31.9847Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Duisburg11 August 20072007Men3:42.3194Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 500mGermany, Duisburg12 August 20072007Men20
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20062006Men3:41.2435Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mCroatia, Zagreb27 August 20052005Men11
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 1000mAustralia, Adelaide14 February 20162016Men3:43.059Latest result
Oceania ChampionshipsK2 200mAustralia, Adelaide14 February 20162016Men33.252Latest resultBest result
Oceania ChampionshipsK2 1000mAustralia, Adelaide13 February 20162016Men3:16.631Latest resultBest result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 200mAustralia, Sydney1 March 20142014Men37.3502Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 1000mAustralia, Sydney28 February 20142014Men3:38.5402Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK2 1000mAustralia, Sydney28 February 20142014Men3:26.1602Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak10 August 20142014Men10
World CupIndividual Kayak1 September 20132013Men3Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak22 August 20102010Men8
World CupIndividual Kayak7 June 20092009Men7
World CupIndividual Kayak29 June 20082008Men4Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20072007Men16
World CupIndividual Kayak3 September 20062006Men16
World CupIndividual Kayak28 July 20022002Men44
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaC4 1000mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008Men4:31.332
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaK1 500mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008Men1:39.851
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaK1 1000mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008Men3:27.621
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaK2 1000mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008Men3:17.132
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaK4 1000mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008Men2:59.923
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 1000mAustralia, Penrith3 March 20122012Men3:37.163
Oceania ChampionshipsK2 200mAustralia, Penrith4 March 20122012Men33.623
Oceania ChampionshipsK2 1000mAustralia, Penrith4 March 20122012Men3:19.761
Oceania ChampionshipsK4 1000mAustralia, Penrith2 March 20122012Men2:59.401
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 500mAustralia, Penrith13 February 20102010Men1:40.111
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 1000mAustralia, Penrith14 February 20102010Men3:31.671