Paddle Australia is pleased to announce former World Champion Ros Lawrence as the new Performance Pathways Lead for Canoe Slalom.
Ros is a highly respected paddler, having won an array of medals during her competitive career which spanned almost 15 years, from 2005 to 2019.
Her career as a high performance athlete has given her a deep understanding of the pathways to podium journey and specific elements of athlete development in Canoe Slalom.
National Performance Director Kim Crane said Ros’ appointment is exciting and she looks forward to her joining the High Performance leadership team.
“To stay ahead in the competitive industry that is High Performance Sport you must ensure you have the right people in the right roles,” Crane said.
The first-hand experience and knowledge that Ros has as an athlete helps her understand the challenges and opportunities that our athletes face make her a perfect fit for this position,” Crane said.
“She’s been coaching, instructing and guiding kayaking and canoeing for twenty years, including school and club groups, the National Development Squad, the ICF Talent Identification Program and individual athletes up to Senior level.
“I look forward to welcoming Ros to the High Performance team, and working closely with her as we look to develop Australia’s Canoe Slalom pathways ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and beyond,” she said.
Having come through the pathway herself as an athlete, Lawrence said she’s looking forward to the opportunity to work with the next generation of canoe slalom paddlers.
“I’m very happy and excited to be working with our slalom community right across Australia,” Lawrence said.
“There’s a great group of paddlers already in the pathway and a wonderful team of dedicated volunteers and staff.
“Thank you to Paddle Australia for giving me the opportunity to share my love of whitewater and work towards a bright future for the sport,” she said.
Ros will commence in the role in 20 June 2022, working out of the National Centre of Excellence in Penrith.