Team Navy ambassador Jessica Fox - Athlete of the Year

Published on LCDR Don Hogarth (author), Asha Venkataya (photographer)

Location(s): Melbourne, VIC

Team Navy reigning world champion canoeist, Jessica Fox, has been crowned the Australian Institute of Sport's Performance Athlete of the Year. (photo: Unknown)
Team Navy reigning world champion canoeist, Jessica Fox, has been crowned the Australian Institute of Sport's Performance Athlete of the Year.

Team Navy reigning world champion canoeist, Jessica Fox, has been crowned the Australian Institute of Sport's Performance Athlete of the Year.

In an awards ceremony in Melbourne this week, Jessica was recognised for her on water performances but also her leadership and off water presence.

Speaking from the Melbourne Museum at the awards function, Australian Institute of Sport Director Matt Favier said the night was about recognising Australia's best sport performances and personalities.

“Athlete of the Year Jess Fox has brought a dynamic presence and profile to her sport. She created history winning dual world championships in 2014 and has emerged as a respected mentor and leader for young athletes across a range of sports," he said.

Jessica was chosen by a panel of judges after creating history in becoming the first canoe slalom athlete to win the World Championship in two classes.

Only last week, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett met with the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Canoeing, Greg Doyle, and the champion athlete at Sydney Motorsport Park while visiting Team Navy members from Prodrive Racing Australia.

Australian Canoeing has just entered into a brand alliance with Team Navy which formalises a relationship between the two organisations formed at the April 2014 National Canoeing Titles, held in Penrith, New South Wales.

In less than four years, Team Navy has evolved from being an alliance with Prodrive Racing Australia (V8 Supercar team) to having alliances with six other elite professional sports.

These also include BMX racing, Superboat racing, Australian Surf Rowers League, WNR Sportsbike and the Renshaw Rally Team.

Team Navy Manager Lieutenant Commander Don Hogarth said the minimal cost ventures were about showcasing the best of Navy to the Australian public.

"Navy is pleased to be associated with Australian Canoeing, as both groups value healthy lifestyles, high performance, dedication and adventure," Lieutenant Commander Hogarth said.

Chief of Navy was among the first to call Jessica offering his congratulations on this elite award.