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Jessica Fox (canoeist)

Jessica Esther "Jess" Fox (born 11 June 1994) is a French-born, Australian world champion slalom canoeist who has competed at the international level since 2008.[2]

Jessica Fox
Jessica Fox 2016.jpg
Personal information
Born (1994-06-11) 11 June 1994 (age 25)
Marseille, France
Height166 cm (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
SportCanoe slalom
Event(s)C1, K1
ClubPenrith Valley Canoeing

She qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she made her Olympic debut winning a silver medal in the K1 event. She won a bronze medal in the same event four years later in Rio de Janeiro.

Fox won fifteen medals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with ten golds (C1: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018; K1: 2014, 2017, 2018; C1 team: 2013, 2015, 2019), three silvers (C1: 2019, K1: 2019, C1 team: 2017) and two bronzes (C1: 2010, K1 team: 2017). Her 7 gold medals in individual events make her the most successful paddler, male or female, in World Championship history.

She also won a gold medal at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in the K1 event.

Personal lifeEdit

Fox is Jewish,[3][4][5][6] and was born on 11 June 1994 in Marseille, France.[7][8][9] She currently lives in Penrith, New South Wales.[8] Fox's parents are Richard and Myriam, who both competed as canoeists at the Olympics: her father for Great Britain at the 1992 Games, and her mother at the 1996 Games who won a bronze medal for France.[7][8][10][11] Her father is Second Vice President of the International Canoe Federation[11][12] as well as Australian Canoeing's current high-performance manager,[11] and a five-time world champion.[8][9][10] Her mother Myriam Jerusalmi is Jewish;[4][13][14] while her father is a gentile.[15] Her younger sister Noemie is also a slalom canoeist, as was her aunt Rachel Crosbee.

Fox attended Blaxland High School, and finished her HSC year by being first in New South Wales in the PDHPE in 2011 and had an ATAR score of 99.1. She is currently studying in the Elite Athlete Program at The University of Sydney[16] where she is working on a degree in media/communications. She is studying a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at Swinburne Online. She is bilingual in English and French.[8][9]

Fox suffered a back injury that impacted her performance in 2012.[11] In May 2012, she spoke at the Chullora Public School.[10] She celebrated her 18th birthday on 11 June 2012 in Cardiff while competing at a World Cup event.[7] Fox is also an avid dog lover, regularly posting "dog selfies" to her social media platforms. Fox has featured all types of breeds, ranging from Jack Russels to Labradoodles. Fox's most popular #dogselfie was with a Swiss Shepherd named Hendrix.[17]


Fox races in K1 and C1 events.[11] Her coach is her mother.[9][10] She started in the sport in 2005 by canoeing on the Nepean River.[8][9] She has a scholarship and is affiliated with the Australian Institute of Sport and the New South Wales Institute of Sport.[9] In club competitions, she represents the Penrith Valley Canoe Club.[9]

In September 2009, Fox made her Australian senior national team bid.[9] She competed at the ICF World Ranking in Merano, Italy in 2009 where she finished third in the K1 event.[9] At the 2009 AYOF event in Penrith, New South Wales, she finished first in the women's K1 event.[9]

Fox won a bronze medal in the C1 event at the 2010 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Tacen.[18] At the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore, she won the gold in the girls' K1 slalom event.[8][10] In 2010, she finished 1st in the women's C1 event at the ICF Slalom World Cup in Seu, Spain. In 2010, she finished 1st in the women's K1 event at the Junior World Championships in Foix, France. In 2010, she finished 1st in the women's C1 event at the Junior World Championships in Foix, France. In 2010, she finished 3rd in the women's C1 event at the World Championships in Sloka, Slovakia. In 2010, she finished 5th in the women's K1 event at the World Championships in Sloka, Slovakia. In 2010, she finished 1st in the women's K1 event at the Oceania Open in Penrith, New South Wales. In 2010, she finished 1st in the women's C1 event at the Oceania Open in Penrith, New South Wales. In 2010, she finished 1st in the women's C1 event at the National Championships in Eildon, Victoria. In 2010, she finished 3rd in the women's K1 event at the National Championships in Eildon, Victoria.[9]

In 2011, Fox won gold medals in the C1 women's event at World Cups 2 and 3.[9] At the 2011 World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, she finished 19th, which gave Australia an automatic spot in the event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[9] She won silver medals at Australian Open and the Oceania Championships in the women's K1 event in 2011.[9]

Fox earned a spot in the women's K1 event representing Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in what was her Olympic debut, in which she won the silver medal.[9] In April 2012, she trained on the Olympic course in London.[10] She left Australia for overseas in advance of the 2012 Summer Olympics in May 2012. Her pre-Olympic schedule included World Cup competitions in Wales, France and Spain, and the Junior World Championship in the United States.[10] In June 2012, she finished seventh in a World Cup race in Cardiff.[11] She was the only Australian to make the finals, with her Australian teammates having been knocked out earlier.[7] She finished in the top three in the women's C1 event.[19] In the London Summer Olympics Fox won the silver medal in the K1 event.[20] In the K1 Slalom event at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Fox, at the age of 18, gained competitive revenge against the 44-year-old Czech paddler Štěpánka Hilgertová, who had beaten her mother Myriam to the K1 gold medal in the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics, sixteen years earlier. Fox's second in the final of the K1, improved on her mother's bronze from Atlanta 1996 and her father's 4th in Barcelona 1992 to earn the immediate nickname from her teammates and the press of "the Silver Fox".[20]

She won her first World Championship titles in the C1 event and the C1 team event at the 2013 World Championships in Prague.

In 2016, Fox won her second olympic medal, bronze in K1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After winning multiple World Cup races, she won the overall title in the 2016 World Cup Kayak Single Slalom K1 and was second overall in Canoe Single Slalom C1. She also won the World U-23 Championships in Kayak Slalom and in Canoe Slalom in Kraków, Poland. Additionally, she also won the Oceanie Championships Slalom C1 in Penrith, Australia.[21]

In 2017, Fox won a world title at the ICF Kajak Slalom World Championships, a number of world cup medals, the Canoeist of the Year award, and the NSW Athlete of the Year award.[22][21]

In 2018, Fox was 2x ICF Canoe World Champion – C1 & K1 – and again won a number of World Cups in both disciplines. In 2019, she also won the Oceania Championships in Canoe Slalom again.[21]

Fox won the overall World Cup title in the 5 times in the C1 class (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) and twice in the K1 class (2018, 2019).

World Cup individual podiumsEdit

Season Date Venue Position Event
2010 21 February 2010 Penrith 1st C11
27 June 2010 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
2011 2 July 2011 L'Argentière-la-Bessée 1st C1
9 July 2011 Markkleeberg 1st C1
2012 9 June 2012 Cardiff 2nd C1
2013 22 June 2013 Cardiff 2nd C1
29 June 2013 Augsburg 1st C1
6 July 2013 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
17 August 2013 Tacen 1st C1
18 August 2013 Tacen 1st K1
24 August 2013 Bratislava 1st C1
2014 8 June 2014 Lee Valley 3rd K1
14 June 2014 Tacen 1st C1
2 August 2014 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
2015 20 June 2015 Prague 2nd C1
21 June 2015 Prague 2nd K1
27 June 2015 Kraków 1st C1
8 August 2015 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
15 August 2015 Pau 2nd C1
16 August 2015 Pau 2nd K1
2016 4 June 2016 Ivrea 1st C1
5 June 2016 Ivrea 2nd K1
12 June 2016 La Seu d'Urgell 2nd K1
18 June 2016 Pau 2nd C1
3 September 2016 Prague 1st C1
10 September 2016 Tacen 2nd C1
11 September 2016 Tacen 1st K1
2017 24 June 2017 Augsburg 1st C1
1 July 2017 Markkleeberg 1st C1
2 July 2017 Markkleeberg 2nd K1
2 September 2017 Ivrea 1st C1
3 September 2017 Ivrea 2nd K1
9 September 2017 La Seu d'Urgell 2nd C1
10 September 2017 La Seu d'Urgell 2nd K1
2018 23 June 2018 Liptovský Mikuláš 1st K1
24 June 2018 Liptovský Mikuláš 1st C1
30 June 2018 Kraków 1st K1
1 July 2018 Kraków 1st C1
7 July 2018 Augsburg 1st K1
8 July 2018 Augsburg 1st C1
31 August 2018 Tacen 1st C1
1 September 2018 Tacen 2nd K1
9 September 2018 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
2019 15 June 2019 Lee Valley 3rd K1
16 June 2019 Lee Valley 3rd C1
30 June 2019 Tacen 1st C1
31 August 2019 Markkleeberg 2nd K1
1 September 2019 Markkleeberg 3rd C1
7 September 2019 Prague 1st K1
8 September 2019 Prague 1st C1
1 Oceania Canoe Slalom Open counting for World Cup points


Fox was the 2010 Penrith Press Junior Sports Star of the year and NewsLocal Medal winner.[10] She has also served as the ambassador for the Premier's Sporting Challenge.[10] In 2010, she was also named the Cumberland Courier Junior Sport Star, NSWIS Junior Athlete of the Year and the Pierre de Coubertin AOC award.[9][9] In 2009, 2010 and 2011, she was named the Junior Canoeist of the Year Australian Canoeing.[9] In 2011, she was named the Australian Canoeing Athlete of the Year.[9] She earned the AIS Secondary Education award in 2011.[9] She was awarded AIS Sport Performance Awards – Athlete of the Year for 2014.[23] In 2018, she won AIS Sport Performance Award Female Athlete of the Year.


In 2017, Fox appeared as a celebrity contestant on the Australian version of Hell's Kitchen.[24][25] She came 7th overall.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Jess Fox". Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Jessica FOX (AUS)". Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Jewish Aussie 'Flying Fox' wins Olympic silver; Jessica Fox, Australian-Jewish kayaker, wins silver medal in London, 16 years after her mother won bronze in Atlanta". Haaretz. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b Goldberg, Dan (5 August 2012). "Jewish Australian kayaker Jessica Fox takes silver medal". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  5. ^ "2012 Summer Olympic medalists". Jewish Sports Review. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Jessica Fox". The Australian Jewish News. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d "Encouraging signs for young Fox – London 2012 Olympic Games (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". 11 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Jessica Fox: at home in water — Local News — Sport — General". Penrith Star. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "AIS Canoeing – Slalom – Jessica Fox (K1/C1)". Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i Georgakopoulos, Chris (24 May 2012). "Jessica Fox to press home Olympics advantage – Canoe//Kayak – Sport – Penrith Press". Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Jessica Fox paddles into Second World Cup Slalom Final". Herald Sun. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  12. ^ "ICF – Board of Directors". Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Jews in the News: Andy Samberg, Seth Rogen and Henry Winkler". Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Dan (5 August 2012). "Jewish Aussie 'Flying Fox' wins Olympic silver – Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper". Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  15. ^ Interfaith Family: "Interfaith Celebrities: Lisa Kudrow; Tavi Gevinson, Oracle of Girl World; Olympic Results and Raisman's Rabbi" By Nate Bloom. 21 August 2012 |"Fox's British father, Richard Fox, 52, who is not Jewish, and her French Jewish mother, Myriam Jerusalmi-Fox, 51, were both top kayakers."
  16. ^ "Sydney Uni Olympians take medals at London 2012". The University of Sydney. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  17. ^
  18. ^ "2010 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships SLOKA 2010". International Canoeing Federation. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  19. ^ "FLORENCE TRIUMPHS IN CARDIFF | Sporting Life | London 2012, Olympic kit, Olympic tickets". Sporting Life. Retrieved 20 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ a b Martyn Herman (2 August 2012). "Fearless Fox rises from depths to win silver". Reuters. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  21. ^ a b c "Jessica Fox". Red Bull. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ "Rabbitohs, Fearnley, Fox win top ASPAS". Australian Sports Commission News, 11 February 2015. Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  24. ^ Saw, Amelia (24 March 2017). "The celebrities taking on Marco Pierre White in Hell's Kitchen Australia are named". Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  25. ^ Coster, Alice (24 March 2017). "Hell's Kitchen Australia host doesn't know the celebrity contestants". Herald Sun. Retrieved 24 March 2017.

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