Isolation and quarantine are beginning to chafe for athletes stuck training at home but some are prepared to make the most of a bad situation.

Paddle Australia and its coaches are doing their best to keep the International Australian Canoe Slalom team’s competitive edge sharp.

“The first consideration when all of this started was obviously the health of the participants and the team members, and everyone involved in our programs,” former head coach and current head of the junior Pathways team Mike Druce said.

We’re looking to comply in every way we need to with restrictions.

“We’re focused on keeping everyone as physically prepared and mentally sharp as we possibly can.”

Quarantine has been a humbling experience for the team.

“This isolation has really made me realise how grateful I am for Paddle Australia and the opportunities they give me, the ability to go over seas every year, to train and do what I love, compete and represent Australia,” Australian canoe slalom team member Noemie Fox said.


Noemie Fox during Under 23 World Championship 2019 Poland, courtesy of Paddle Australia