Thomas Hughes

National Team: Junior

DOB: 7th May 2000
 Balgowlah, Sydney
Institute/Academy: NSWIS
Club:  Salty Paddlers
Coach(s): David Kennedy
Nickname: Hughsey

  • How did you get into paddling?
    My 1st coach Nick Dawe asked me to join the Salty Paddlers from Surf Life Saving.
  • What has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport so far?
    Making the 2018 Junior World Champs team.
  • What keeps you busy outside of Kayaking?What is your current Occupation and/or University degree?
    Surfing and I’m in my final year of school.
  • Who is the greatest Influence on your career?
    Mum and Dad.
  • How would your best friend describe you?
    Kind, relaxed, chilled and reliable.
  • Do you have any superstitions before a race?
  • What is your favourite course to paddle on?
    Racice, Czech Republic.

Previous National Teams: Olympic Hopes (2017), Asia Pacific (2018), Junior World Championships (2018)


International Results


Asia Pacific
Gold (K4 500) – Asia Pacific Sprint Cup (Adelaide, AUS)
Silver (Mixed 200 Relay) – Asia Pacific Sprint Cup (Adelaide, AUS)
4th (K4 1000) –  Asia Pacific Sprint Cup (Adelaide, AUS)
5th (K2 500)  – Asia Pacific Sprint Cup (Adelaide, AUS)


Olympic Hopes
8th (K4 500) – Olympic Hopes Regatta (Racice, CZE)