16 years of national representation


Jo is one of Australia's top paddlers and has been for nearly two decades. She has been a member of the Australian kayak team for the past 16 years and is still making waves in the kayak. A highlight for her was racing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She has won a World Championships medal, multiple World Cup medals and has been an Australian National champion 40 times.

Jo has been officially selected to represent Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will now be held in July 2021.

Outside sport Jo keeps herself busy working full time as a paramedic and is also a registered nurse. Jo has a big passion for baking and in her downtime regularly bakes delicious treats for her friends.


Sport – Sprint kayak

Events – K4 500m, K1 200m, K1 500m, K2 200m, K2 500m

Coach – Jake Michael

Born – 19 April 1988

Hometown – Mona Vale, Northern Beaches, Sydney

Education – Post Graduate in Paramedics & Bachelor of Nursing

Profession – Paramedic, Registered Nurse and Elite Athlete

Nickname – JBJ, Joey, Brigga, Jo Jo

Club – Sydney Northern beaches Kayak Club

Training location - Narrabeen, NSW (home base), Gold Coast, QLD (interstate base), Varese, Italy (international base)

Institute – New South Wales Institute of Sport

Career highlights – Racing at the London 2012 Olympics, winning a World Championships medal, 16 years as a National Team Member

Challenges – 2 shoulder reconstructions (2010 & 2013), missing 2 Olympic Games by 1 place (2008 & 2016) 


With the knowledge, skills and lessons learned from being an elite athlete for well over 18 years, Jo is passionate about sharing her journey to the top of her sport. Be inspired by hearing from Jo, the challenges she has faced and overcame to achieve her goals.


 Want to be part of the journey?

I have had a huge amount of support from family and friends throughout my career, without their backing I would not have made it this far. I have a great team of people around me, helping me reach my goals everyday. These people include my coaches, training partners, sponsors and the NSWIS and Paddle Australia.

Come and join my team!


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