Warwick Draper has been paddling since 1991 when he was just 16. After training and competing in the USA and Europe, Draper made his senior debut for Australia in 1998. Draper moved to Sydney to practice at the new Whitewater facility in Penrith leading into the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, but failed to gain selection on the Australian Team.
Draper was the top Australian in K1 in 2003 and was selected in the Athens 2004 Olympic Team. He finished ninth in Athens and improved on this result at the 2008 Olympics. He produced one of the greatest performances of his career to qualify second fastest heading into the Beijing final, but finished fifth overall.
Competing at his third Olympic Games in London, 35-year-old Draper struck difficulty in the K1 heats and missed out on a spot in the 15-man final, finishing 18th.
Draper was also involved with the Rapidly to London Squad, a development squad initiated in 2006 for slalom athletes aiming for the London 2012 Olympic Games and beyond.