Luuka Jones (NZL)

Luuka Jones (NZL)

NZNew Zealand
Canoe Slalom
Date of birth
18 October 1988
172 cm
68 kg
Tauranga, NZL
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Business Studies - Massey University: New Zealand


General Interest

LJ, Jonesy (Athlete, 28 Jul 2012)
Water sports, mountain biking, travelling, graphic design, music, photography, psychology. (, 26 Feb 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing 10th at the 2014 World Championships in Deep Creek, MD, United States. (, 14 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her family and friends. (, 26 Feb 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that's why I succeed." [Michael Jordan] (, 26 Feb 2015)
Other information
She moved to Nottingham, England, in order to train with the British team ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Following the event, she joined the Waiariki Academy of Sport in New Zealand, which helped her qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She then began receiving financial support from High Performance Sport New Zealand, which meant she was able to work with a full-time coach for the first time in her career. "This has made a huge difference and in two years I have gone from being in the top 30 in the world to finishing in the top 10 at the 2014 World Championships [in Deep Creek, MD, United States]. (, 06 Feb 2015)

In 2008 she became the first female slalom paddler to represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Sep 2015;, 14 Mar 2015)

She has worked as an ambassador for a free counselling service called '0800 What's Up'. The service provides an outlet to help and encourage young people. In 2012 the New Zealand Olympic Committee appointed her as a New Zealand Olympic Ambassador. (, 06 Feb 2015; Linkedin profile, 2015;, 10 Mar 2014)

Her mother was a fan of the actress Audrey Hepburn, so Jones was named after Hepburn's son Luca. "The second 'u' was added so it sounded more like a girl's name." (, 04 Feb 2012)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began paddling at age 10 and entered her first canoe slalom competition at age 14.
Why this sport?
"I took up the sport after my parents moved next door to a kayaking adventure park. I soon became hooked and offered to help out in exchange for lessons."
Name of coach
Campbell Walsh [personal], GBR, from 2012; Aaron Osborne [national]


Olympic GamesK1Brazil, Rio de Janeiro11 August 20162016Women101.822Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK1England, London2 August 20122012Women121.4114Best result
Olympic GamesK1China, Beijing15 August 20082008Women272.3621Best result
World ChampionshipsK1England, London19 September 20152015Women111.5111Best result
World ChampionshipsK1United States, McHenry, MD21 September 20142014Women182.0610Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Czech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Women119.4316Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Bratislava10 September 20112011Women105.4632Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Women254.1413Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovenia, Tacen11 September 20102010Women125.0635Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen11 September 20102010Women172.388Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell13 September 20092009Women155.4959Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK14 February 20072007Women273.638Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith20 February 20162016Women112.078Latest resultBest result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1New Zealand, Managahao1 February 20152015Women158.1611Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1New Zealand, Managahao3 February 20132013Women108.153Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC1New Zealand, Managahao3 February 20132013Women195.015Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith, NSW25 February 20122012Women30Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith21 February 20102010Women21Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1New Zealand, Levin1 February 20092009Women100.912Best result
World CupK111 September 20162016Women40Latest resultBest result
World CupK116 August 20152015Women20Best result
World CupK117 August 20142014Women8Best result
World CupK125 August 20132013Women26Best result
World CupK12 September 20122012Women44Best result
World CupK114 August 20112011Women38Best result
World CupK14 July 20102010Women35Best result
World CupK13 August 20092009Women14Best result
World CupK16 July 20082008Women37Best result
World CupK115 July 20072007Women67Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK130 January 20112011Women162.5910Best result