Shannon Reynolds

National Team: Olympic / Senior

DOB: 3/01/1995
Hometown: Karratha, Western Australia
Current Place of Residence: Perth, Western Australia
Club: Bayswater Paddlesports Club
Coach: Ramon Andersson
Institute/Academy: WAIS

Education: Nursing & Midwifery
Nickname: Shan

  • At what age did you start paddling and how did you become involved in the sport?
    14, from a talent ID scout at high school.
  • What has inspired you to train and compete at an international level?
    The amazing athletes that have represented Australia at the Olympics have inspired me.
  • Who has been the most influential person in your athlete life? My parents and the coaches I’ve had all the way throughout y career as a beginner / junior to U23.
  • What is your preference – individual boats or team boats, and why?
    I enjoy both. It is awesome to run your own race, but I also love the shared joy of racing with a team.
  • What has been your biggest accomplishment(s) in the sport?
    Representing Australia and coming 6th in the K4 at the U23 World Champs in 2015.
  • What has been the best moment of your sporting career? Competing at the Youth Olympic festival in Sydney was probably my favourite moment in my sporting career. It was a great opportunity and steppingstone from being a junior athlete transitioning into an older athlete.
  • What keeps you busy outside of paddling?
    Full time uni, part time work, drinking coffee.
  • On your day off….
    I take my dog to the beach, read a book a coffee or 3 with my friends and then a lie down.
  • What is your favourite thing about the sport?
    The friendships you make and travelling.
  • Who inspires you? Serena Williams, Mick Fanning, Jess Zimmerman.
  • What’s your favourite / most memorable sporting moment? 4 x 100m freestyle relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
  • Favourite place to paddle? Bayswater
  • Favourite song/music to paddle/train to? Your Body – Tom Novy & Make your move – Anton Powers.
  • Personal Achievements? Learning to speak Mandarin fluently.
  • Fun fact about you? Sometimes I prefer using three dots instead of a comma… it just feels more me. 
  • When did you first represent Australia? 2010 Olympic hopes in Slovakia.
  • Advice to young paddlers… Have fun, support your mates, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Try to learn something every time you’re in a team boat.

Previous national teams (pls indicate: Senior, U23, Junior): 2010 Olympic hopes; 2011,*12, *13 Junior team; 2013 Youth olympic festival; 2014 – 2018 U23s

Instagram: @shanreyno


International Results

2017
10th (K4 500) – ICF U23 World Championships (Pitesti, BLR)
17th (K1 200) – ICF U23 World Championships (Pitesti, ROU)

2015
6th (K4 500) – ICF U23 World Championships (Montemor-0-Velho, POR)

2014
9th (K4 500) – ICF U23 World Championships (Szeged, HUN)

2013
8th (K4 500) – ICF Junior World Championships (Niagara, CAN)