Roger French ('71) and Jason Nejman were selected to represent Australia at the 2013 World Canoe Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark in September. They qualified in March in Perth by winning the National Canoe Marathon Championships in the Mens Open C2. Roger and Jason travelled to London on 5 September to attend the team training camp at Shepperton on the River Thames and competed in the Pangbourne Canoe Marathon at Reading as a lead up race before flying into Copenhagen to stay at the Danish Institute of Sport.
Roger and Jason competed in the Masters Doubles C2 over 17 km and won a Bronze medal in their age group. Roger competed in the Masters Singles C1 in his age group and won a Silver medal. This was a lead up competition (with 475 Masters athletes) to be able to race over the course before the World Championships. There were 450 athletes from 41 countries competing in the World Championships and Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark presented the medals on the Saturday before a crowd of 4,000 spectators. Roger and Jason competed in the Open Mens Doubles C2 over 26 km and came 13th in a very strong field of competitors. The race conditions were tough with strong winds experienced in the last third of the race but they still managed to break their team qualifying time by 8 minutes.
Roger has tried on four occasions to make a National Team as a competitor and achieved this milestone. So, Never say never!