Fox named Athlete of the Year at inaugural sport awards

Champion: Jessica Fox and mum Myriam with her NSW Athlete of the Year Trophy.
Champion: Jessica Fox and mum Myriam with her NSW Athlete of the Year Trophy.

Two-time Olympian and Leonay resident Jessica Fox has been named Athlete of the Year at the inaugural NSW Champions of Sport awards.

Presented at Rosehill Gardens on November 27, Fox defeated a star-studded field for the prestigious award including Olympic discus thrower Dani Stevens, Test cricketer Ellyse Perry, world champion diver Rhiannan Iffland, world number one croquet player Alison Sharpe, surf lifesaving beach sprinter Jake Lynch and Jillaroos rugby league player Simaima Taufa.

Fox, a who took home silver at the 2012 London Olympics and bronze at the 2016 Rio Games, has enjoyed an outstanding year, winning a total of 13 individual medals and three team medals in the women’s C1 and K1 events at the 2017 World Cups and World Championships.

Fox completed her year with the World Champion title in the K1 Slalom at the ICF World Championships in France in September. At the same event, Fox teamed up with her sister Noemie and Ros Lawrence to win silver in the C1 teams event, following a bronze medal earlier in the K1 teams event.

Despite finishing second in the final event of the C1 World Cup, Jess claimed the overall title after three successive wins earlier in the season.

Sport Minister and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres congratulated Fox on her win, saying six of the seven NSW Athlete of the Year nominees were women.

“Jessica is an exceptional young role model for all athletes and I look forward to continuing to see her represent NSW and Australia in paddling,” he said.

Role model: Sports Minister and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said Fox was "an exceptional young role model for all athletes".

Role model: Sports Minister and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said Fox was "an exceptional young role model for all athletes".

Sport NSW Chairperson, Joseph La Posta said the NSW Sports Awards have been held for the last 24 years, and the ceremony had now been amalgamated with NSW Hall of Champions.

“The high calibre of the award finalists across all categories made it a difficult decision for the judges,” Mr La Post said.