Paddle Australia is excited to welcome Kilian Foulon to the high performance team, following his recent appointment as the Canoe Slalom Senior Coach.
With over a decade in the sport, having represented France on World Cup, European Championship and U23 World Championship teams as an athlete, Foulon transitioned into coaching in 2016.
Previously coaching in France, Foulon joined the Paddle Australia canoe slalom team as a consultant for the 2022 World Cup season, and joined the team on the ground for its successful campaign at the Augsburg 2022 Canoe Slalom World Championships.
He will now join the Paddle Australia staff in January 2023, to focus on developing the top C1 athletes through to the end of the Paris 2024 Olympic cycle.
Paddle Australia’s National Performance Director, Kim Crane, welcomed Foulon to the canoe slalom team.
“We are excited to welcome Kilian to our coaching ranks in January 2023 as we narrow in our focus on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games,” Crane said.
“Kilian comes into the role with a wealth of experience as both an athlete and coach, and his passion for athlete development will help our Paris hopefuls elevate their performances in and outside the boat.
“Our Canoe Slalom program and team is world class, based at the National Performance Centre of Excellence in Penrith. I trust that Kilian will seamlessly transition into the group to support us in developing the world’s best paddlers and people,” she said.
Foulon said he is excited to be joining the prestigious program.
“I’m so excited to be taking on a role with the team through to the end of the Paris Cycle,” he said.
“Team Australia is such a professional unit and I look forward to joining the High Performance Program and will be ready to hit the ground quickly to ensure our athletes are ready for the 2023 domestic and international seasons.”