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PaddleNSW shines bright at the Sport NSW Awards

At the Rebel 2023 NSW Champions of Sport Ceremony, held on Monday November 20, some of our most well known paddlers were up for Sport NSW Awards.

At almost every turn of the evening, the name Fox was being announced with both Jess and Myriam receiving individual awards!

Dylan Littlehales from Avoca Kayak Club and one of the nations most successful Paracanoe athlete was also up for an individual award.

The PaddleNSW finalists were:

  • Dylan Littlehales (Paracanoe), named as Finalist in the Athlete with a Disability Category (Avoca)
  • Jessica Fox OAM (Slalom), named as a Finalist in the Athlete of the Year Category (Penrith)
  • Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi (Slalom Coach), named as a Finalist in the Coach of the Year Category (Penrith)

Dylan has had an outstanding year and has becoe a real presence on the world stage. Along with winning every race entered at recent World Cup, Dylan won multiple medals in the KL3 class at the World Championships in Duisburg, Germany and won his first World Championship title in the KL3 200m. Dylan is a great ambassador for out sport and regularly holds clinincs at his club Avoca for athletes of all abilities.

Dylan Littlehales paddling for Australia in 2019

Jess, one of the most recognised athletes in Australia, was named as the Athlete of the Year, 2023! This is the 5th time she’s won this award and she’s boats an impressive list of NSW Sport Awards from over the years and is the most decorated athlete across all sports:

  • 2012: Young Athlete of the Year
  • 2013: Athlete of the Year
  • 2017: Athlete of the Year
  • 2018: Athlete of the Year
  • 2021: Athlete of the Year (joint winner with Cate Campbell, Swimming)

Jess was crowned World Champion in the K1 event for the 4th time this year and was also a key member of the Team events alongside Noemie Fox & Kate Ekhardt to win our Nationn first ever team gold. Over the 22/23 season Jess has also won multiple World Cup events and led the ICF World Cup rankings. Her win in the K1 this year racked up her 10th invidivual World Championship, her other earnt in the C1 event.

Jess’ career continues to skyrocket into another stratosphere!

Myriam has previously been named as a Finalist in the Coach of the Year category in 2022 and was succesful this year, taking home some more trophies for the Fox Family trophy shelf!

Myriam has helped develop and lead Australia’s highly successful women’s slalom program fro over two decades. Many athletes have benefitted from her expertise coaching in this time including our own Board Member, Kate Eckhardt, and another talented member of the Fox family, Noemi Fox.

Myriam was previously awarded the very coveted IOC Coaches Lifetime Award in recognition of her strong advocacy of female athletes, generder equality, promoting the importance of developing good humans ahead of good athletes and naturally her coaching skills too!

Congratulations to Dylan, Jess and Myriam from PaddleNSW!
Your achievements on and off the water inspire so many.

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