MYRIAM FOX-JERUSALMI (Australia) - Nominee for the 2017 Foundation Award
One of the rare female coaches on the Canoe Slalom international circuit, Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi is the powerhouse woman behind the reigning K1W World Champion.
Born in Marseille, France, Myriam was introduced to the sport at the age of 12. Six year later, Myriam represented France in her first senior world championship. The ex paddler went on to become one of France’s most successful female kayakers, winning the first world title and Olympic medal for the country in the K1W category. Throughout her career Fox won ten World Championship medals (2 x individual gold, 6 x team gold and 2 x team silvers).
In 1999, Myriam left her job as a Physical Education teacher in France and moved with her family to Sydney as her husband was involved with the Australian Canoe Slalom Olympic team. Between 1999-2003 Fox contributed as a volunteer, coaching at the junior and senior level. It wasn't until 2004 that she was officially hired as a National Coach by the New South Wales Institute of Sport. Throughout her coaching career, Myriam has represented Australia at four Olympic Games and thirteen World Championships.
Myriam’s ability as a coach can be reflected in the success of her athletes. In 2008, Myriam’s athlete, Kate Lawrence, became the first Australian female athlete to win the overall World Cup. Myriam formed and continues to coach the world’s most decorated female Canoe Slalom paddler, Jessica Fox. The athlete, who describes every win as a team effort, claimed 7 individual World Cup medals and a World Championship title in the K1W this year alone.
Of the four female team events at this year’s U23 and Senior World Championships, Myriam’s athletes won three medals (1 x silver C1W senior, 2 x bronze K1W U23 and Senior).
Her passion for the sport and desire to win has been poured into her athletes. If an athlete shows a willingness to learn, Myriam will dedicate her time and energy to do whatever it takes to make them a champion. The coach’s overarching mission is to provide the best learning and training environment that will enable her athletes to reach their best.
Although her goal is to transfer her extensive knowledge and experience through to her athletes, the coach believes the key to success entails learning from athletes and being adaptive. This approach involves researching and exploring the constantly evolving nature of canoe slalom techniques, and observing how other coaches and athletes work together.
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