Sport: Canoe – Sprint
Olympic History: Olympic debutante
Coach: Ramon Andersson
Year Born: 1995
State Born: Western Australia
Shannon Reynolds was 14 years old when she was identified as having the physical attributes of a kayaker. She developed her skills as a member of the Bayswater Paddle Club, rising with the sun to train on the water and at the gym.
Reynolds first represented Australia at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. That same year she was wearing the green and gold at the Junior World Championships where she finished eighth as part of Australia’s K4 500 crew.
A string of good performances rewarded Reynolds with selection to Australia’s Under 23 World Championships team during 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Reynolds clinched her ticket to Tokyo by finishing fifth in the women’s K1 500 at the 2020 Australian Canoe Sprint Championships.
When she is not paddling, Reynolds is trained in nursing and midwifery, working as a first aid officer at a local high school.
My parents and coaches – I’ve had the same coaches all the way through my career.
Competing at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney was probably my favourite moment in my sporting career. It was a great opportunity and stepping stone from being a junior athlete transitioning into an older athlete.