Described as one of “Australia’s golden girls” in canoe slalom, YOG gold medallist Jess Fox is doing all she can to claim a coveted spot on her national team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Last week, she and her two team mates took first place in the canoe slalom team event at the World Championships in Slovakia, while she finished eighth in the individual race.
Speaking about her chances of making London 2012, Jess, whose parents were both professional canoeists, said: “There is only one spot available for the girls in canoe slalom because the women only do one event at the Olympics. At the moment, there are about four of five girls in Australia who are quite good and who could make the Olympics. I’m one of those four. It will be hard, but I will give it my best shot so we will see.”
Still only 17, Jess says her biggest challenge is balancing training, competition and school - something she had plenty of practice with last year when she took not only gold at the Youth Olympic Games, but also double gold at the Junior World Championships.
“The Youth Olympic Games were an amazing experience,” she reminisced. “Being part of a big team with Australia was really cool because you would wake up surrounded by green and gold, but then go down to the food court for breakfast where you were with all different people from different countries.”
So what about when she isn’t juggling her sport and education, what does she do to relax? “To relax I go for a paddle,” she laughed. “I enjoy it so much it’s not like training, it’s good fun.” Good luck to Jess on her road to London 2012 and good luck to all the YOG athletes on their journeys.