Tom Green made his international debut after being selected to represent Australia at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in 2015. Tom returned from the event being the only Australian to have ever placed in two individual events.
Fast forward to 2018, Tom was selected on the Australian U23 and Senior World Championship Team. After winning gold at the U23 World Championships, Tom backed up placing 7th in the A final of K1, 500m and 4th in the K4 500m at the Senior World Championships.
2019 saw Tom representing Australia at the U23 and Senior World Championships after a dominant domestic season. At the 2019 U23 World Championships, Tom showed his dominance by winning the K1 1000m convincingly. He was also a member of the Gold Medal K4 500m team.
He is currently (August 2019) competing at the 2019 ICF Senor Sprint Championships where his good form has continued. Tome hopes to help Australia to secure Olympic quota positions as he prepares for selection for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Tom: “It is an honour to receive a SAHOF Scholarship and to have been recognised by my peers. Being mentored by Grant Hackett, a sporting great is a privilege that will help make my sporting dreams a reality.
The opportunity to learn from someone who has been there and who has experienced the ups and downs of elite competition and can share their lessons learned with me is simply priceless. I look forward to making the most out of this opportunity and I thank everyone involved for their consideration. I hope to one day be able to mentor others to help them chase their dreams no matter how big.”
Mentor Grant Hackett OAM (Swimming)
“Very grateful to have the opportunity to help guide Tom through the challenges he faces as an athlete. Providing perspective through experience allows any athlete a greater chance of reaching their full potential.”
NSO Quote: Phil Jones, Paddle Australia Chief Executive Officer
“What well deserved recognition of our up and coming paddling star Tom Green to be chosen for support through one of Australia’s most prestigious scholarship programs. Working with an athlete and role-model like Grant Hackett will be a great opportunity for Tom to continue to grow both as an athlete and as a person.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship tops off an amazing season for Tom. In an impressive last few weeks he has won two gold medals at the U23 canoe sprint world championships, made the K1 final in only his second senior world championships final and secured a quota place for the Olympic Games for Australia through his performance. We are confident that this scholarship will be a fantastic opportunity to progress his career even further.”
What does integrity mean to me?
“Integrity is at the core of everything I do in all aspects of my life. I believe as an athlete I’m in a privileged position and whether I like it or not, I am constantly in the public eye. Because of this, it is even more important that I am aware of my actions, decision and behaviour must uphold public scrutiny. I model the behaviour I expect from others.”
Disciplines: Kayak Sprint (K1 500m & 1000m, K2 1000m, K4 500m)
First started competing: 2012
First club: Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club
International ranking: U23 1st, Open 5th
National ranking: U23 1st, Open 1st
Sporting hero: Grant Hackett & Ken Wallace
Favourite quote: “It’s not over until it’s over. Life is about making memories”
The second kayaker since the Program commenced in 2006.
Honours, Awards & Results
- 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – K1, 7th
- 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – K2, gold
- 2019: U23 World Championships – KI 1000m, gold
- 2019: U23 World Championships – K4 500m, gold
- 2018: World Senior Championships – K4 500m, 4th
- 2018: World Senior Championships – K1 500m, 7th
- 2018: U23 World Championships – K2 1000m, gold
Bio picture credit BenceVekassy