18 Year-Old Jessica Fox Brings Home Second Prize For Australia in Women’s Kayak K1


Most 18 year-old girls are at home waiting on college acceptance letters or thinking about the high school prom. Not Jessica Fox. The French-born Australian Kayaker was busy claiming second prize in London in the Women’s Kayak K1 race. The young Aussie was third out on the course and set the time to beat of 106.51. This was following up a nervous qualification process in which she capsized at one point, recovering to secure a spot in the finals.

“My goal was to make the final, so at the start I was just giving it everything,” Fox said.

Watching anxiously after she posted her impressive mark, Fox was only beaten by Emily Fer of France who posted a time of 105.90. Third place went to Spain’s Maialen Chourraut.

The young phenom was on pace for the top prize, but ultimately at such a early point in her career, Fox was seemingly thrilled with her second place prize.

“It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” she said of her second place award.

Ironically enough, Fox is the daughter of Richard Fox and Myriam Fox (formerly Jerusalmi). Her mom took third place in the kayak event in Atlanta in 1996. Amongst Jessica’s competitors in London was 44-year-old Czech Stepanka Hilgertova. Hilgertova was the top performer in Fox’s mother’s race in Atlanta.

Clearly bred from a line of champions, the young Fox proved she’s living up to expectations and has a lot to look forward to in future competition. She’s made an Auusie nation and a talented set of parents more than proud with her performance in London.


John Ohail


August 03, 2012