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Dual 2018 World Champions Jessica Fox and Curtus McGrath OAM have taken out the top awards a the 2018 Paddle Australia Awards.
Jessica Fox has been celebrated for her tremendous season in which she became the most successful individual slalom paddler and the greatest female slalom paddler in the history of the sport. Awarded with the Paddler of the Year and President’s Award, Fox dedicated the latter to her late grandfather, her mother Myriam’s father and French Olympic medal-winning slalom coach Albert Tobelem, who passed away in Marseille, France last week.
The night, however, wasn’t only about Fox with a number of other awards presented to other exceptional athletes and members within the paddling community. Paralympic Champion Curtin McGrath OAM, who also had a record breaking season finishing undefeated, was awarded Paracanoeist of the Year. 776BC would like to congratulate all of the award winners.
Paddle Australia 2018 Annual Awards Recipients LIFE MEMBERSHIP John Borojevic, TAS, Derwent Canoe Club
PRESIDENT’S AWARD Jessica Fox (NSW, Penrith Valley Canoeing)
AWARD OF MERIT Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW, Big River Canoe Club)
SERVICES TO PADDLING Ramon Anderson (WA) Roger French (SA, West Lakes Canoe Club) Tom Balaam (NSW, Windsor Canoe Club)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE Jenaya MASSIE (QLD / Kawana Waters Canoe Club)
PADDLER OF THE YEAR – OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CATEGORY Jessica Fox (NSW, Penrith Valley Canoeing)
PADDLER OF THE YEAR – NON-OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CATEGORY Cory Hill (WA/QLD, Indian Ocean Paddlers)
JUNIOR PADDLER OF THE YEAR – OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CATEGORY Alexandria Choate (WA, Swan Canoe Club)
JUNIOR PADDLER OF THE YEAR – NON-OLYMPIC DISCIPLINE OR CATEGORY Oscar Jones (NSW, Salty Paddlers)
PARACANOEIST OF THE YEAR Curtis McGrath (QLD, Varsity Lakes)
MASTER PADDLER OF THE YEAR Cathy Venning (SA, Encouter Paddling)
TEAM OF THE YEAR 2018 U23 Men’s Canoe Sprint K2 1000m with Thomas Green and Joel McKitterick (QLD, Currumbin Creek)
COACH OF THE YEAR Myriam Fox (NSW)
TECHNICAL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR Russell Bassett (VIC, Melbourne Canoe Club)
INSTRUCTOR AND GUIDE OF THE YEAR Tracy Gibson (NSW, Jervis Bay Kayak)