Tim Anderson is selected for the 2024 Australian Olympic Team to contest the men's K1.

The Australian Olympic Committee has selected NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athlete Tim Anderson in the Australian Olympic Team for Paris 2024, to contest the men’s K1 event. Victorian athlete Tristan Carter was also selected for the men’s C1 event.

Announced today at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium where they train and compete, 29-year-old Anderson and 25-year-old Carter will both make their Olympic debuts in Paris.


With multiple top-10 finishes in international competition over the past 12 months, the duo join NSWIS athlete Jess Fox who was selected last year to compete in the women’s C1 and K1 in Paris.

Chef de Mission for the 2024 Australian Olympic Team Anna Meares congratulated Tim and Tristan on their selection.

“Getting named to your first Australian Olympic Team is a special moment and I’m thrilled to announce Tim and Tristan as the newest members of Australia’s Team for Paris,” Ms Meares said.

“So much goes into those 100 seconds flying down the whitewater course – the gym, training, analysis, spending months of the year travelling and competing to hone their craft. All of the dedication and choices Tim and Tristan have made have led them here, to represent Australia at the Paris Olympics.

“Congratulations to Tim and Tristan, the Paddle Australia team, your coaches, friends, families, supporters, the New South Wales and Victorian Institutes of Sport and everyone else who has helped you achieve this milestone.”

Anna Meares, Chef de Mission

Anderson, who moved to Penrith from Victoria aged 18 to pursue his slalom passion, had a breakthrough 2023, including finishing fifth at the World Championships and finishing third overall in Kayak Cross season rankings.

“It’s incredible to be selected for Paris 2024, I’ve worked so hard for this for more than a decade, it’s really exciting to see that all paying off,” Anderson said.

“I remember one of the first times I got in a kayak, nearly 20 years ago, I was paddling backwards at the top of this tiny rapid on the Yarra because I was too scared to go down, a few tears were shed. To think I’m now going to an Olympics is pretty incredible.

“Thank you to everyone who has played a part in my journey – there’s so many out there. My family, friends, and girlfriend are the biggest part of that, I hope they can feel as proud as I am to represent Australia at the Olympics.”

Tim Anderson, NSWIS

Paddle Australia President and Olympian Andrew Trim welcomed today’s announcement.

“On behalf of Paddle Australia, I’d like to congratulate Tristan Carter and Tim Anderson on their selection to the Australian Olympic Team for Paris 2024,” Mr Trim said.

“Being selected for your first Olympic Games is a very special moment, and I know for both Tim and Tristan today is a memory they will hold onto for a lifetime.

“Today is not only a great celebration of their selection, but a testament to the years of hard work that both Tim and Tristan have put in to get them to this point.

“With less than six months to go until the Olympic Games, preparations will now only intensify for Tim and Tristan, and their coaches Julien and Kilian.

“The purpose of Paddle Australia’s High Performance Program is to support our Australian athletes to become the world’s best paddlers and people, and the Olympic Games is the pinnacle. I wish Tim and Tristan the best of luck on this exciting journey towards Paris 2024.”.

Australia has further chances to earn quotas in the new Olympic event of Kayak Cross – at the Kayak Cross Global Qualifying Tournament in Prague in June.

The Canoe Slalom competition will be held from Saturday 27 July 2024 to Monday 5 August 2024 at Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium – Whitewater stadium.

The new venue, opened in 2019 and located 40km from Paris, will host all the rowing and canoe events.

Article courtesy of Australian Olympic Committee

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