Nouria Newman

Whitewater kayaer, who’s always where you don’t expect her.

Nouria Newman performs in Cauterets, France on 2nd of June, 2014
© Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Nouria Newman. My discipline is whitewater kayaking. I was born on 9 September 1991 in Chambéry, France. My special talent is leaving things to the last minute. My philosophy of life is enjoy it even if it's short. My favorite food is good French dishes.


While most paddlers struggle to master just one sport, Nouria Newman combines several of them. She competes in canoe, freestyle and extreme kayaking, and excels in each and every one of them.

Her 2013 results prove that she’s one of a kind. In May she won the Ottawa XL, one of the most important freestyle world meetings. A few months later she became Under 23 European vice champion in slalom, at Bourg-Saint-Maurice. She then did it again in September, in Prague, when she earned the silver medal at the senior world slalom championships. And last, but not least, she was crowned extreme kayaking world champion in October, in Austria, leaving her rival 28 seconds behind her. 

It’s hard to understand how such an outstanding athlete would have any spare time to partake in any 'normal' activities, such as studying. However, last September, after three years at Sciences Po Toulouse, she entered the journalism department of the famous school.

“Journalism is actually very similar to kayaking,” she says, “you always have to adapt!”.

But that’s Nouria, always where you don’t expect her.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 2nd Place: Sickline Austria

      Oetz, Austria

  2. 2014
    1. 1st Place: ICF Canoe Slam World Championships

  3. 2013
    1. 1st Place: Ottawa XL - Freestyle

      Ottawa, Canada

    2. Extreme Kayaking World Champion

      Oetz, Austria

    3. Female Paddler of the Year Award

      As voted by Canoe & Kayak magazine

  4. 2012
    1. 1st Place: Whitewater Grand Prix


    2. 1st Place: Voss Extreme Week


  5. 2009
    1. Became a four-time French National Champion - Slalom

      (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009)