Winners are grinners

General / Nov 12, 2012

The winners were

Coach of the Year

Myriam Fox

Coach of Jessica Fox, Lucien Delfour and Alison Borrows who in 2012 all had successful campaigns including Jess’s Olympic silver medal and double Gold at the Junior World Championships, Lucien’s bronze medal at the Pau World Cup and 6th overall world cup standings and Alison’s Gold medal in the C1W team and 5th individual place at the U23 World Championships

Master Canoeist of the Year

Brian Norman

At 79 years old Brian is still kayaking and won a gold medal in the Sydney masters. The PaddleNSW Marathon Winter Series trophy is called the Brian Norman trophy to reflect the commitment he has put in to the sport. Brian is a life member of Windsor Canoe Club.

Award of Merit

Ramon Andersson

The Head Coach of one of Australia’s most successful Sprint Racing programs, Ramon Andersson is the backbone in WA athlete development. His commitment to the sport does not end with Kayaking, as Ramon has dedicated the past 2 years ensuring there is a place for Canoe athletes, such as current WAIS Canoeist Ferenc Szeksardi. He also aims to support Paracanoeing in WA, through the mentoring Andrea Wood and helping to write the training programme for LTA K1 paddler Brock Ingram.

Excellence Award

Paul O’Keeffe

Paul has served on the Australian Canoeing Marathon Racing Technical Committee since 2002. He has also officiated at World Championships and other international events. Paul has been on the Organising Committee for the Brisbane Valley 100 twice, and helped to organise many State and National events.

Sue Natoli

Sue has been a stalwart of event management for Slalom in Australia for many years. Sue has been a member of the Slalom Technical Committee for many years, a member of the ICF Slalom Technical Committee, a mentor to new Judges and Event Organisers in Australia, a member of the team developing the ICF Slalom Rules. Her efforts internationally have been highly regarded by many and have seen Australians regarded highly for their contributions.

Photo of the Year

Adele Ross – Antartica

Technical Official of the Year

Jerry Dunn

One of the most dedicated canoe racing officials. Jerry is a holder of ICF level accreditation for both canoe sprint and canoe marathon. In October 2011 Jerry was one of several Australian officials at the ICF World Canoe Marathon Championships in Singapore. From October 2011 to April 2012 Jerry guided PaddleNSW with the preparations and organisation of the 2012 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships. At the Australian Championships Jerry was the starter and prior to the championships Jerry conducted a canoe marathon officials course at Manly Warringah Kayak Club in early February 2012. Jerry assisted with the organising of the 2012 Queensland Canoe Sprint Championships in January. During the Championships Jerry was the Chief Official. Ten days later Jerry was back in Sydney for the Australian Canoe Sprint Championships where he performed the role of Competition Manager. He also assisted the finish line judges and video capture team. In this role also coordinated the timekeeping and judging for long distance races.

Service to Canoeing

Sally Gardner

Sally and her late Husband Gary helped form The Queensland Canoeing Federation in 1962. She was a member of the Indoorroopilly Canoe Club and had been since 1957. Sally was the first Secretary of the Australian Canoeing Federation Marathon Committee. She has coached at Indooroopilly Canoe Club and remains an active instructor for Queensland Canoeing.

Graham Bendeich

Graham has filled the role of Team Manager for Australian sprint teams on multiple occasions. Within this role Graham has worn many hats including coach coordinator and tour organiser. Graham has been exemplary with his organisation skills. Recently Graham was the Team Manager for the following 2012 Australian Under 18 and Under 23 Canoe Sprint Teams tour to Canada and USA.

Rachel Wilks

Rachel has been a loyal, dedicated and outstanding employee of Queensland Canoeing for more than 10 years. Rachel has been one of, if not, the longest serving employee with Queensland Canoeing Inc. Rachel’s office management skills are exemplary and she goes about her work with a pleasant, helpful and unselfish nature.

Ian Hume

Ian has devoted a huge number of hours to canoeing for a long time. His technical support to Canoe Sprint is one of the main reasons that the Sport can deliver such high quality national events.

Jonathan Mayne

Jonathan has given 55 years service to Canoeing. He has been the commentator at the Australian Canoe Sprint Championships since the early ’70s. Jonathan has paddled C1 and C2, winning his first Australian Championship in 1957 and his 38th when he won the C1 50 Vet at Penrith in 2010. He took the first Australian Marathon Team to Spain in 1981. His latest Australian medal was when he competed in the C2 500m, taking the bronze medal 55 years after first competing in that event. After a heart attack in 1995 he recovered and said he ‘owes his life to Canoeing’.

Para-Canoeist of the Year

Kara Kennedy

Kara commenced paracanoe in February 2010. From the 1st of July last year, Kara has improved from just learning to paddle to racing at GP and the National Championships. Over the sprint racing season, Kara improved by 6 seconds. Through determination for improvement, her times continue to drop.
Kara created her own piece of history, winning Australia’s first ever Para Canoe World Championships medal winning bronze in the women’s V1 LTA Final in Poznan 2012. She then went on to win a second Bronze medal four hours later.

Junior Canoeist of the Year – Non Olympic

Bill Bain

Bill achieved World Champion status at the 2011 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Singapore. The next day Bill teamed up with Michael Booth to finish a credible 4th in the Open Men K2, a race with a distance of 31.5km.

Junior Canoeist of the Year – Olympic

Jessica Fox

Jess’s performance at both Junior and Senior level have been ground breaking. The first paddler to win double Junior World Championship Gold she repeated her feat at this year’s Junior Worlds in the USA. Amazingly that was not the highlight as she went to claim the Olympic silver medal at the 2012 London Games.

Team of the Year

Sprint – K4M 1000 (Tate Smith, David Smith, Murray Stewart, Jacob Clear) & Jimmy Owens (coach)

The men’s K4 1000 won silver at the 2011 World Championships in Szeged, Hungary and then combined magnificently to win Gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

Canoeist of the Year – Non Olympic

Rosalyn Lawrence

In 2012 Ros won the overall C1W Slalom World Cup for a second time. She secured her victory with a Gold medal at the Cardiff World Cup and a Silver medal at the World Cup in Bratislava. Ros also won double Gold at the U23 World Championship where she topped the podium in both the individual and the team C1W

Canoeist of the Year – Olympic

Jessica Fox

It was another phenomenal year for Jess in both K1W and C1W. Olympic silver medal; double Gold at the Junior World Champion; silver medallist in C1W at the Cardiff World Cup; finalist in K1W at World Cup 1, 2 and 3.

Murray Stewart

Murray dominated the 2012 National Championships with 1st in K1, K2, K4 at 1000m and K1 200m. He was Oceania Champion in K1, K2 and K4 at 1,000m. At World Cup 3 (Moscow) he was 1st in the K1 500m, 2nd in the K1 and K4 1,000m. He crowned his season with a Gold Medal as part of the K4 1000m crew at the 2012 Olympic Games

People’s Choice Award

Jess Fox

Presidents Award

John Newton

• A Life Member of Queensland Canoeing Inc.
• John is a coach with the Currumbin Creek Canoe Club and a coach with the Palm Beach Currumbin State High School Sports Excellence Program (before his retirement from teaching in 2006), which he commenced in 1997.
• A founding member of Currumbin Creek Canoe Club, which was established in 1998
• John has been coaching kayaking and sport for well over 30 years.
• John has coached junior NTID and national Talent Squad (NTS) athletes since 2006 and was also involved as a coach of the Queensland Academy of Sport Talent Search programs prior to 2006.
• He has also coached many Queensland junior athletes who have progressed to international success, including Olympic gold medallist, Ken Wallace.
• John has also been selected as a National Coach on many Australian Junior Teams including the Olympic Hopes Team in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and has been appointed a Coach of the Australian Junior Canoe Sprint Team, NTID and NTS Teams.
• John was a volunteer at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and had the responsibility of coordinating the Field of Play at the canoe sprint events.
• He is a very keen masters competitor in canoeing and competed at the 1994, 2002, 2005 and 2009 World Masters Games.