NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athlete Jessica Fox has gone from one extreme to another with an extraordinary win at the 2021 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bratislava over the weekend.
After having missed the K1 and C1 finals despite her recent success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Jess proved her resilience in going on to win the new extreme slalom event.
Whilst she faced much disappointment over failing to reach the finals in her pet events, Fox has not been shy of success this season. After claiming bronze and gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Fox continued to add to her to successes recently claiming her eighth world cup season title in the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in France. She competed in the K1, C1 and the non-Olympic extreme slalom events, taking home gold, silver and bronze respectively.
Fox took to her Instagram account to share her disappointment in missing the finals over the weekend and had this to say:
“Not my weekend,” she wrote.
“The worlds wasn’t the main goal of the season, but I came to have a crack. Any time I sit on the start line I want to do the best runs I can. Sometimes the water wins, sometimes you get unlucky, sometimes it comes down to a few centimetres and a tiny error is a huge penalty.”
“But that’s the sport & I’ll keep coming back.”
And come back she did, putting aside the earlier events to win another world championship class. This event brings the curtain down on an outstanding season – a season where her performances saw her become the world champion in three different classes and includes 5 x world cup gold medals, the overall K1 world cup title, the K1 Olympic bronze, the C1 Olympic gold medal and now the world title in the extreme canoe event.
WOW 🤯 @jessfoxcanoe is the Extreme Slalom WORLD CHAMPION! In a thrilling comeback, Jess won Extreme Slalom gold at the 2021 Canoe Slalom World Championships overnight 🥇
Congratulations also to @fox_noemie, finishing 6th in the women’s canoe final with a PB 💪
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— Paddle Australia (@paddle_aus) September 27, 2021
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) September 27, 2021
Fellow NSWIS athlete Noemie also competed at the weekend, finishing sixth in the women’s canoe final with a personal best performance.
The extreme canoe event is due to debut in the Paris 2024 Olympics.