Family honours: Jess and Myriam Fox named Female Athlete and Coach of Year at ASPAs

Almost 400 guests attended the black-tie AIS Sport Performance Awards at the Star in Sydney, the annual celebration of Australian high performance sport. The gala event

In a wonderful family story, Paddle Australia’s dominant duo of Jessica Fox and mother Myriam Fox were named Female Athlete and Coach of the Year respectively.

Jessica created history in her sport this year with the 24-year-old becoming the most decorated female slalom paddler of all time. She set the tone for a successful 2018 by winning a record six straight World Cup races in 21 days in June and remaining unbeaten in the C1 category. The Olympic silver and bronze medallist then wrapped up the most successful canoe slalom season in history by winning double gold in the women’s K1 and C1 at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships.

Myriam, a former world champion paddler and Olympic bronze medallist with France, is one of the most successful canoe slalom coaches in the world and national coach of Paddle Australia‘s highly successful women’s canoe slalom program. In total, Myriam’s athletes finished the 2018 International season with a record haul of 10 gold medals, one silver and a bronze across under-23 and senior competitions.

Congratulations Jess and Myriam!!!!!

Winners at the AIS Sport Performance Awards

Best Sporting Moment: Kurt Fearnley and para-sport integration (Paralympic sport)

ABC Sport Personality of the Year: Craig Lowndes (Motorsport)

Sport Australia Award: Celia Sullohern, Madeline Hills and Eloise Wellings (Athletics)

Female Athlete of the Year: Jessica Fox (Canoe Slalom)

Male Athlete of the Year: Rohan Dennis (Cycling)

Emerging Athlete of the Year: Luke Plapp (Cycling)

Para-performance of the Year: Simon Patmore (Winter Paralympics)

Coach of the Year: Myriam Fox (Canoe Slalom)

Team of the Year: Australian Kookaburras (Hockey)

High Performance Program of the Year: Cycling Australia (Cycling)

Award for Leadership: Craig Phillips (Commonwealth Games Australia)