Meet Aly Bull “Ironwoman”, an Australian Canoeist and Firefighter is Selected for the Paris Olympics

Alyssa Bull aka Aly Bull, 28, is a well-known Canoeist from Australia, Besides her Canoeist career Aly Bull is also a firefighter with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, She previously competed for Australia in the Summer Olympics in 2020 and now again she is competing in the Olympics in Paris in 2024.

Aly Bull is competing in the Paris Olympics 2024

Aly Bull, a well-known Australian athlete, is competing in the Paris Olympics in 2024. She is a two-time Olympian, a world champion in kayaking, and a full-time firefighter from the Gold Coast. However, Aly Bull insists that she is not a hero.

Aly Bull is an Olympian in Kayak Sprint, a Surf Ski World Champion, and a professional firefighter. Alyssa ‘Aly’ Bull certainly has an exciting, unpredictable, and busy life.

At the 2023 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Perth, it was an age of great performances. Olympians and Olympic hopefuls won gold medals, and Ironmen and Ironwomen created their own slice of history.

“I’m really happy to be able to win the K1 1000 race again. It’s a challenging race, and it’s pretty cool that I was able to do it.”

Aly Bull said

Bull from Alexandra Headland and Riley Fitzsimmons from Northcliffe, both dual Olympic kayakers, won gold in the Open Surf Ski titles.

Aly Bull loves her family

Aly Bull, a well-known Australian athlete, loves her family very much. She was born on December 1, 1995, in Buderim, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. She grew up with her family. Her first junior club was the Kawana Waters Canoe Club.

Aly Bull Family
Image: Aly Bull with her Family at Christmas (Source: Aly’s Instagram)

Aly has posted pictures with her happy family on her Instagram page. She has also shared a picture on Instagram from her big brother’s wedding. She congratulated her big brother and said,

“This is by far one of the most special weekends for the Bull family group. I could not be more proud to see my big brother marry such a beautiful young lady.”

“Sally, I’m so pleased we can officially be sisters to each other that we never had. I can’t wait to create many more memories with you both as Mr. & Mrs. Bull on November 7, 2021.”

Aly Bull further said

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In addition to her athletic career, Aly is also a firefighter with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. After initially failing to make the Academy, she finished as the top student (Dux) of her course in 2018.

Aly Says yes, to her husband

Aly Bull (the Ironwoman athlete) said an absolute yes to her husband. She is happily married to Cody J Buck on November 4, 2023.

Aly Bull Husband Cody J Buck
Image: Aly Bull and Cody J Buck Wedding (Source: Aly’s Instagram)

Bull shared a beautiful moment on her Instagram page. She posted, “We were just out doing our usual activities when Cody simply asked if she would do it forever with him.”

Aly started her journey by taking inspiration from her idol

Aly Bull grew up deeply involved in the Surf Life Saving world. However, it was not until she saw her idol Naomi Flood compete at the London 2012 Olympics that she began to believe her dream of competing at the Olympics could become a reality.

Initially, Aly Bull had her sights set on the IronWoman Series. She began paddling at 16 years old. She quickly found success and was named the Under 17 Australian IronWoman Champion in 2012.

After her coach suggested kayaking to improve her ski paddling skills, Aly Bull competed in her first national kayaking competition in 2013. Soon after, she made her first junior team and represented Australia at the Junior World Championships, finishing eighth in the K4 500 meters event.

Aly Bull developed a love for the sport of kayaking and decided to focus on it full-time. This choice paid off when she made her Olympic debut in Rio alongside her K2 partner Alyce Burnett.

At the Rio Games, Aly and Alyce Burnett made the A-Finals of the K2 500m by finishing third in their semi-final. In the final, they came eighth and finished with a time of 01.51.915.

In 2018, she won the world surf ski title at the Lifesaving World Championships. At the 2019 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, Aly dominated the ski events, winning four gold medals for the Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club.

Four years after they achieved an upset, Aly and Alyce Burnett were the favorites leading into Australia’s Tokyo 2020 selection trials.

“I definitely remember my first year being on the team, I had no idea what I was doing and I looked up a lot to AB Alyce, my K2 partner for so, so many years. I just followed her around to see what she did for competitions and stuff.”

Bull says.

Aly Athlete with two days shifts

Aly Bull, an athlete who works two-day shifts, made her second Olympic appearance at the delayed Tokyo 2020 games in both the K-1 500m and Double 500m kayaking events.

In the individual K-1 500m, she had a strong start, achieving a time of 1:49.416 in her heat, which allowed her to progress to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, she clocked 1:54.038, placing fourth in her group. This let her compete in Final B, but she could no longer win a medal. In her final K-1 500m race, she recorded 1:56.799, earning an overall 16th place.

Aly also competed alongside Alyce in the Kayak Double 500m event. The pair narrowly missed out on Olympic medals, earning an overall fifth place with a time of 1:37.412.

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At the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint Championships in Halifax, Canada, Aly had a double celebration. She won gold in the women’s K1 1000 and in the mixed K2 500 with Jackson Collins. She also won silver in the women’s K4 500, in a team with Ella Beere, Alexandra Clarke, and Yale Steinpreis.

In 2023, at the World Championships in Duisburg, Germany, she defended her K1 1000 title, finishing almost two seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Justyna Iskrzycka from Poland.

“I’m really stoked to be able to go back-to-back in the K1 1000, it’s a challenging race and it’s pretty cool I was able to do it.”

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