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Meet our youngest Olympian


13 July 2012

At just 18 years old, our youngest Olympian, Jess Fox, is set to represent Australia in canoeing/kayaking.
At just 18 years old, our youngest Olympian, Jess Fox, is set to represent Australia in canoeing/kayaking.

The Olympics is a family affair for 18-year-old Jess Fox. Her parents represented their countries in canoe/kayak at the Olympics, and first-year student Jess is about to do the same for Australia.

Jess's mother Myriam (now her Olympic coach) won bronze for France at the 1996 games, and her father Richard also competed in the same event for England. However, Jess didn't have a strong interest in the sport until she broke her arm a few years ago, and started to paddle as part of her physical therapy.

Fast-forward to 2012, and the slalom kayaker is managing Olympic preparations with first-year University, studying French (in which she is fluent) and Spanish as part of her Media and Communications course in Semester One.

She also topped the state in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) during the 2011 HSC while managing a gruelling training schedule, and prefers 'in the water' training to reps at the gym.

Jess says she always had her mind set on study at the "prestigious" University of Sydney, which she felt also had a reputation for providing the best programs and support for athletes.

And while she hasn't had the chance to indulge in the extra-curricular aspects of student life so far, she's looking forward to doing so after the Olympics. "The Olympics make everything seem more serious," Jess says, "but it's still fun, and I'm still very passionate about my sport".

Read more about Jess's journey to London on our student life blog.


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Enquiries: David Sams, 02 9351 3703, david.sams@sydney.edu.au