This March, we’re celebrating women in paddling, from volunteers and officials to those making waves in competition! Across the week we’re profiling seven women whose contribution to paddling has made a difference, be it in the running of events, gender balance on and off the water, building clubs and pushing the boundaries of what is possible on and off the water.
On and off the water, canoe slalom paddler Jess Fox is a fabulous ambassador for her sport. Canoe slalom’s GOAT (Greatest of All Time), she continues to push the boundaries of what is possible, helping to #BreakTheBias through her advocacy for women in paddling. Last year at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics she won gold in the first ever women’s C1 slalom event with a stunningly precise and focused run that had everyone back home on the edge of their seats, along with bronze in the women’s K1 event only a day earlier. She won silver and bronze at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics respectively and has dominated World Cup and World Championship podiums in K1, C1 and more recently Extreme Slalom, receiving an OAM in the 2022 Australia Day Honours for her services to the sport.
Check out the full article on Jess’s 2022 Australia Day Honour
More on paddling women Breaking the Bias this International Women’s Day from Paddle Australia
We’re so excited about this 2022 IWD Women’s Health feature article on Jess
We love this appearance on podcast The [Female] Athlete Project in 2020
And be sure to check out Jess’s Instagram