Fox and Maley earn Olympic selection

20 July 2012

(L-R) Kynan Maley and Jessica Fox.
(L-R) Kynan Maley and Jessica Fox.

University of Sydney Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder and paddler Jessica Fox was selected for the Australian 2012 Olympic Games team after a tough weekend of racing at the 2012 Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships in Penrith.

After finishing second in the women's K1 at the 2012 Australian Open in February, Fox finished second in the heats of the same event at the Oceania Championships to satisfy the criteria for Olympic selection.

Fox was the top Australian paddler in two of the three qualifying races, edging out former EAP scholarship holder Ros Lawrence, to secure a place on the team headed to London.

"I'm pretty relieved right now," Fox said after she learned the result.

"I am happy, but I really hope this is the last time that only one girl can go to the Olympics for each country.

"It's just ridiculous that so many of us are that good that we can go, but it's so cut throat that only one can."

Another former EAP scholarship holder Kynan Maley was also selected for Australia to compete in two Canoe/Kayak Slalom events at this years London Olympics.

Maley was very complimentary when discussing his time at Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness.

"Although I have graduated and am not a part of SUSF at the moment, the association was a huge part of my career and I am sure I would not have managed to earn my degree and achieve this selection without the support I recieved, so I would like to say thanks to everyone involved," said Maley.

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