Ken Wallace (canoeist)

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Ken Wallace
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Personal information
Full nameKenneth Maxwell Wallace
Nickname(s)Kenny
Born (1983-07-26) 26 July 1983 (age 35)[1]
Gosford, New South Wales
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Weight91 kg (201 lb)[2]
Sport
ClubTugun Surf Life Saving Club, Currumbin Creek Canoe Club
PartnerLachlan Tame
Coached byJimmy Owens (2000 – current)
Updated on 18 July 2018.

Kenneth Maxwell "Ken" Wallace, OAM[3] (born 26 July 1983) is an Australian sprint canoeist who has competed since the mid-2000s, winning gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics and at several World Championships.

Career[edit]

Born in Gosford, New South Wales, Wallace originally competed in Ironman events and only switched to sprint racing at the age of sixteen. Two years later he was the K-1 1000 m Junior World Champion in Curitiba, Brazil.

Wallace was selected to represent Australia at the 2006 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, where he placed fifth in the K-1 1000 m final.

In 2007, Wallace at the ICF World Championships held in Duisburg, Germany placed 4th in the K-1 1000m Final. This result qualified Australia a berth at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Wallace won two medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with gold in the K-1 500 m and bronze in the K-1 1000 m events.[4] He also won two medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with a gold (K-1 5000 m: 2010) and a bronze (K-1 500 m: 2009).

He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2009.[5]

In February 2011, Wallace competed in the third season of the Channel Seven television series Australia's Greatest Athlete.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ken Wallace". bbc.com. BBC. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Ken Wallace". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Wallace, Kenneth Maxwell – Medal of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Ken Wallace". corporate.olympics.com.au. Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Ken Wallace". ICF - Planet Canoe. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2018.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nathan Deakes and Anna Meares
Australian Athlete of the Year
2008 (with Heath Francis)
Succeeded by
Emma Moffatt and Brenton Rickard