Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi (Australia) - Nominee for the 2018 Foundation Award
Born: 1961, Represents: Australia, Sport: Canoe Slalom
Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi is the National Coach of Paddle Australia’s highly successful women’s Canoe Slalom program and one of the few female coaches on the international stage. She is also the coaching powerhouse behind the most successful slalom paddler of all time - her daughter Jessica Fox.
Myriam’s outstanding ability as a coach is reflected in the success of her athletes, who have enjoyed another standout season in 2018. All of Myriam’s athletes achieved career-best results across both the World Cup series and the World Championships in both C1 and K1. They finished the season with a record haul of 10 gold medals, one silver and one bronze in events ranging from U23 to Senior competitions—a coaching achievement never seen before in Australian Canoe Slalom, and most likely around the world.
Myriam continues to coach her daughter Jessica Fox, the world’s most decorated Canoe Slalom paddler, who describes every win as a team effort and who claimed eight individual World Cup medals and two World Championship titles this year alone. When Jessica made it double gold at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships (giving her nine World Titles), she also broke a record previously held by Myriam herself as the most successful female Canoe Slalom paddler in history. In addition, Myriam’s younger daughter Noemie Fox won the C1 bronze medal at the U23 World Championships and finished the season in the top 10 of the women’s C1 World Cup rankings, placing seventh.
“Myriam Fox is one of the most successful slalom paddlers in the world, as well as one of the most successful paddling coaches. With both her coaching and athlete experience, Myriam has been an inspiration for both her athletes and the coaches around her. Her dedication to Canoe Slalom, her athletes and her sport as a whole is endless.” — Cora Zillich
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