Australian Canoeist Jackson Collins Road to Paris

Australian Olympian Jackson Collins, who represented his country at many Olympics is now again representing at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. He was born in South Brisbane on November 5, 1998.

Australian Paddler Jackson Collins is qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024

Australian paddler Jackson Collins has confirmed that he is qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics through an Instagram post he made on March 15th.

The 2024 Paris Olympics Opening Ceremony will be the largest ever and it will take place on July 26th, 2024. The Opening Ceremony’s start time has been revealed as 7.30 p.m. Central European Time (CET).

Jackson Collins Early years in Gold Coast with his Family

Jackson Collins was born on November 5, 1998, in South Brisbane. His hometown is the Gold Coast. His father is Dan Collins, a former Olympic kayaker who competed in four Olympics. Dan won a silver medal in the K2 500m event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Jackson Collins Childhood
Image: A childhood photo of Jackson (Source: Jackson’s Instagram)

Now 53 years old, Dan is successful as a high-performance manager and fitness expert in sports like cycling, triathlon, netball, and Australian rules football. This Olympic athlete’s father influenced Jackson’s own sporting career. Jackson attended Palm Beach Currumbin State High School for his high school education on the Gold Coast.

Jack is in a Relationship with Brianna

The well-known Australian canoeist Jack Collins is in a romantic relationship with a beautiful girl named Brianna Massie. They have an open relationship where they travel together to different places.

Jackson Collins Proposing His Girlfriend Brianna Massie
Image: Jackson Collins proposing to his Girlfriend Brianna Massie on an Island (Source: Jackson’s Instagram)

Although Brianna Massie’s Instagram account is private, Jack Collins frequently posts photos documenting their daily travels on his own Instagram account. Brianna Massie is a big supporter and loving partner of Jack Collins. She attends all of his competitions in person to cheer him on.

Recently Jackson propose to Brianna with a ring on the island captioning “We did a thing 💍”.

Paddler Jackson’s Early Years in Canoeing

Due to constant knee injuries, Jackson Collins had to abandon his dream of playing Australian rules football. Instead, he decided to follow in the footsteps of his father, former Olympian Daniel Collins, and pursue canoeing on the Gold Coast.

In 2018, Jackson raced for Queensland and won 6 medals after the New South Wales state event, including the open mixed double ski race.

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In 2019, he became the Under 23 world champion by winning gold in the K1 1000m and K4 500m (with teammates Thomas Green, Riley Fitzsimmons and Jean van der Westhuyzen) at the U23 World Championships. He also took 2nd place in the K2 1000m at this event in Pitesti, Romania.

In 2020, Jackson participated in a race organized by Shark Island Paddlers.

In 2021, he competed at the national kayak championships. Jackson also raced in an event hosted by @oceanpaddleraus, where he won the Steve Wood trophy, an honor he was very proud of.

Jackson World Championships and Road to Paris

In 2022, Jackson raced at World Cup 1 in Racice with teammates Jean van der Westhuyzen, Pierre van der Westhuyzen, and Tom Green. He won a silver medal in the Mixed K2 500m World Championships event. Jackson and Aly Bull also won gold in the mixed K2 500m at the 2022 World Championships on Lake Banook in Nova Scotia, Canada.

In 2023, Jackson and a teammate earned 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishes across three events. At the National Kayak Championships, he won one gold, three silvers, and a bronze medal.

Now 25 years old and firmly focused on the 2024 Paris Olympics and achieving his Olympic dream, Jackson relocated to the Gold Coast nearly 18 months ago. There he trains under Men’s Sprint Kayak Coach Jimmy Owens at the National Centre of Excellence. After previously moving to Sydney to train with the New South Wales Institute of Sport and North Bondi Surf Club, Jackson is happy to be back in Queensland, closer to his early roots in surf lifesaving.

Winning the K2 race with Aly Bull was the highlight of my paddling career so far. It was so much fun and Bully is so great, so it was good to go and win with her.”

Jackson said.