iyarn Yarn #2 – Jesse Phillips – Australian Sprint Canoeist – Five-Time National Kayak Champion
Jesse Phillips is an Australian sprint canoeist and actor.
He is a five-time national champion (2010-2014) in the men’s kayak doubles (200 m), and a member of the Bayswater Paddlesports Club, under his personal coach Ramon Andersson. Phillips qualified for the men’s K2 200 metres at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, by placing in the 2012 ICF Oceania Qualification Tournament in Penrith, New South Wales. Phillips and his partner Stephen Bird finished sixth in the final, less than a second outside the medals.
In early 2013 after his first Olympic Games, Jesse alongside doubles partner Stephen Bird commenced as sponsored ambassadors with a Perth-based contractor creating positive contribution in staff health and well-being.
In 2016 after narrowly missing the Rio Olympic Team he went on to coach long-time partner Steve Bird to the K1 200 final. Phillips has completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology at Murdoch University and is in progress towards psych registration.
In 2017 he studied screen acting at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and made his TV debut in the 2019 ABC iview comedy series KGB; he will feature in the Perth-based ABC drama The Heights Season 2 in 2020. Jesse recently competed for Australia in the 2019 World Canoe K2 Marathon Championships and is the head coach of the WA Sprint (Kayak) Pathways Squad.
Check out our yarn with Jesse on the podcast: