State Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres today congratulated Leonay resident Jessica Fox on her outstanding performance in the K1 Slalom Olympic Final which resulted in Jessica winning a Silver Medal.
\”To win a Silver Medal at your first Olympic Games at just 18 years of age is an amazing achievement. To achieve it in a sport which see’s athletes peak at later in life is simply extraordinary.\” said Mr Ayres.
\”Jessica was able to show composure and steely determination after capsizing in her opening run to secure a berth in the final. To recover from this early setback I’m sure has made this Silver Medal result all the more remarkable.\”
\”I’m sure all of Penrith will share with Jessica’s family a huge sense of pride in this wonderful achievement\”
The legacy of the 2000 Olympics looms large in this result with Jessica commencing her journey to London on the Nepean River and the Penrith Whitewater Stadium as her main training venues.
\”The Penrith Whitewater Stadium is still considered amongst the best courses in the world and continues to attract international athlete’s year in year out.” Mr Ayres said.
“I have no doubt that as young Penrith residents see images of Jessica’s beaming smile as she received her medal many will think that perhaps their Olympic dreams could start right here in Penrith.
\”As a proud representative of Penrith I congratulate Jessica on her outstanding achievement in winning Silver and look forward to seeing her build on this success for many years to come,\” said Mr Ayres.