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Jenn Brown

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Ataxia
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T38, F38

Further personal information

Family
Partner Guy Henly
Residence
Calgary, AB, CAN
Languages
English
Higher education
Urban Planning - University of Calgary: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in January 2013 in Calgary, AB, Canada.
Why this sport?
Her high school gym teacher introduced her to athletics and she competed in hammer throw before she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She decided to continue with the sport to build her strength and fitness after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London on television. "I started track, not because I thought I'd be going to the Paralympics, it was sort of an unintended consequence. I started because I knew I needed to get a consistent level of activity, and I needed someone to help me with that."
Club / Team
Calgary Track and Field [CALTAF]: Canada
Name of coach
Kim Cousins [club], CAN

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Toronto, ON, CAN

General interest

Nicknames
JB, Jenn (Twitter profile, 15 Apr 2020; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Watching movies, spending time with friends and family. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two medals at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Kim Cousins. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Her grandmother. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I always start the competition wearing sunglasses." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always keep trying." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named the Female Para Athlete of the Year for 2014 and 2019 by Athletics Alberta in Canada. (Facebook page, 15 Sep 2015; athleticsalberta.com, 01 Jan 2020)
Famous relatives
Her partner Guy Henly represented Australia in athletics [discus] at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He won bronze in the F37 discus at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Instagram profile, 04 Oct 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jun 2020; nswathletics.org.au, 13 Oct 2015; paralympic.org, 26 May 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 22 Sep 2019)
Impairment
In 2006 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which affects coordination on her left side. (paralympic.ca, 12 Aug 2015; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as a senior strategist for the City of Calgary in Canada. "My time management has become very, very good, my prioritisation of how I use time is really good. For me, I really enjoy having something else to think about. Being an athlete can be really, sort of a self-centred world because you're always thinking about, 'How do I feel? Am I feeling sick? Am I rested? How are my legs feeling today?' and things like that. To be able to think about something different, to have to work in a job [that involves] giving back to other people, is really fulfilling for me because it takes my thought away from track all the time." (LinkedIn profile, 03 Mar 2021; torontoobserver.ca, 12 May 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In November 2018 she began serving on the Athletes' Council of the Canadian Paralympic Committee [CPC]. She has also served as co-chair of the Athletes' Council of Athletics Canada. (insidethegames.biz, 22 Nov 2018; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

OTHER STUDIES
She has studied at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. (torontoobserver.ca, 12 May 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F38 Final 1 2015-10-26 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F38 Final Round 2016-09-17 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F38 Final 1 2017-07-20 6