Birth place: Marseille, France
Residence: Penrith, Australia
Occupation: Student & athlete.
Hobbies: Music, travel, art, reading, surfing and outdoor sports
Random facts: Fluent in french, lover of chocolate, soft spot for animals!
Born in Marseille in France, Jessica moved to Australia with her family at the age of four. Both her parents competed in the sport and are still involved. Her mother, Myriam Jerusalmi, raced for France and won a bronze medal in Atlanta 1996 Olympics in the same event that Jessica competed in at the London 2012 Olympics. Her father, Richard Fox, raced for Great Britain and was five-time World Champion. It was through them that Jessica discovered her love and passion for kayaking. Before that, she competed in swimming, athletics, and gymnastics. Starting kayaking competitively in 2006, she has not looked back ever since! She now competes in the kayak single event (K1W) and the canoe single event (C1W).
Jess made her first international junior team in 2009 and has won numerous junior events including the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, the Junior World Championships (5 titles) and won the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. She made her first Open team in 2010 and has competed in a number of World Cup events, winning 3 World Cups in 2010 & 2011 in the C1 event.
In 2011 Jess juggled her sporting commitments while finishing her HSC. She placed 1st in the state for PDHPE, achieved band 6 in all her subjects and finished with an ATAR of 99.1 and Dux of Blaxland Highschool.
In the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics, Jess competed at the Junior World Championships in the USA where she won three gold medals. Using this performance to fuel her, she represented Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games and won a silver medal. She became the youngest woman in canoe slalom to win an Olympic medal.
In 2013 she established herself as the world number 1 in the C1 event winning the u23 and Open World Championship title. Jess created history in 2014 becoming the first woman to win two events (K1 & C1) at the U23 World Championship in Penrith, NSW and at the World Championships in the USA.
In 2016, Jess claimed a bronze medal in the K1 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. She went on to win her 11th Junior/u23 World title in 2017, followed by another World title in the K1 event in Pau later that year.
2018 has been her best year yet, claiming a historic 8 Gold medals in the World Cup events (undefeated in the C1 event) and achieving the triple double at the World Cup races - that is winning both her events (K1 & C1) at three consecutive World Cups. She finished the year with a bang claiming the Double at the World Championships in Rio - her 6th and 7th World Titles, making her the most successful athlete in the history of canoe slalom.
Jess has also continued to study and has a bachelor in social science (Psychology). She hopes to gain more experience in Media and business.
This year, Jess was named the World Paddle Awards Sportswoman of the Year, the NSW and NSWIS athlete of the Year and at the prestigious AIS Sport Performance Awards, Jess was named the AIS Female Athlete of the Year. Her coach (and Mum!) was named Coach of the year.