Paddle Australia is pleased to welcome Christian Fabris to the role of Canoe Slalom Performance Pathways Program Coach.

Following his career as an athlete, which saw him represent Australia on nine occasions, win three Australian National Championships and claim gold at the 2014 World Cup in the C1 Teams event, Fabris pursued his coaching career in 2017 where he’s at the Melbourne Canoe Club.

Having been involved in coaching development squads, as well as Australian Junior and U23 teams, for a number of years, it was natural progression for Fabris to assume the role of Performance Pathways Program Coach.

Together with Titouan Dupras (Performance Pathways Program Coach) and Rosalyn Lawrence (Performance Pathways Lead), Fabris will work closely with the next generation of canoe slalom paddlers, supporting them in their daily training environment as part of Paddle Australia’s High Performance Program strategy building towards Brisbane 2032, as well as pursuing coach development opportunities.

Paddle Australia National Performance Director Kim Crane welcomed Fabris to the team.

“Christian has a wealth of knowledge and experience from his career as an athlete that he will bring to the role of Performance Pathways Program Coach,” Crane said.

“Our pathways form an important part of our High Performance Program, helping to develop the next generation of Australian Canoe Slalom paddlers, Olympians and World Champions. Christian demonstrates leadership qualities that will be a great fit for our cultural aspiration for not only winning when it matters but winning well.”

“I’m pleased to welcome Christian to the team and look forward to working with him closely as part of our high performance system,” she said.

Fabris said he is looking forward to joining the Performance Pathways team late in January 2023.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Paddle Australia Pathways team,” Fabris said.

“It’s such an exciting time for the sport in Australia, with the World Championships in Penrith in 2025 and the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games on the horizon.

“I’m looking forward to working with our talented developing athletes and helping to grow the next generation of Australian paddlers,” he said.

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