The Rugby World Cup gets under way in England next week but before the Wallabies begin their campaign, there’s another Australian who’s arrived in town determined to fly the green and gold - reigning canoe and kayak world
Fox arrived in London earlier this week in anticipation of arguably the biggest challenge of the 21-year-old’s career - defending her C1 and K1 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships from September 16. The Penrith product is already one of the youngest medal winners in Australian Olympic history, having secured silver on this very course at the 2012 London Games as a teenager. And last year, she became the first female in international canoe racing history to claim both the C1 and K1 titles at the same event and hold them concurrently.
If that weren’t enough, she also took victory in both categories in the Under-23 World Championships. But those successes only painted a target squarely on her back, Fox enduring her toughest season yet this year in the kayak at least, as unlucky penalties and more desperate competition narrowly cost her gold at both the Under-23 Champs and the World Cup series. She still podiumed. But those narrow losses have given her more motivation than ever to reclaim the kayak throne at the circuit that made her an international name.
So far as the canoe
Just take a minute to think about that - she’s 21 and already a multiple world champion and Olympic medallist. Some 300 athletes from 55 countries will contest the event, which also doubles as the qualifying contest for Rio 2016. Meaning victory would be all the