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Jenna Fesemyer



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T54, F57

Further personal information

Champaign, IL, USA
Athlete, Researcher, Student
Higher education
Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Media and Communications - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began wheelchair racing in 2013 while at high school.
Why this sport?
"I started wheelchair racing in 2013, which would have been my sophomore year of high school, and that was because the Ohio High School Athletic Association added wheelchair events to the state track meet. I fell in love with wheelchair racing right away after that."
Club / Team
Illinois Wheelchair Athletics: Champaign, IL, USA
Name of coach
Adam Bleakney [club]
Training Regime
She covers more than 160 kilometres a week in training.

General interest

Playing guitar, reading, spending time with family. (, 01 Jan 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Securing her place at the 2020 Paralympic Games with her performance at the 2021 US Paralympic Trials in Minneapolis, MN, United States of America. "Racing the 1500 at the Paralympic trials and crossing that finish line, that was a moment where I knew that I could have sealed the deal and be able to punch my ticket to Tokyo. That feeling is something I hope I remember forever." (, 29 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her mother Cindy, and mentor Tristan Pisarczyk. (, 10 Jun 2013;, 28 Jun 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The goal has never been to bring home a gold medal or to win a world record. The goal is to always take what I've learned and pass it forward to the future community of wheelchair athletes and disabled young boys and girls." (, 30 Jun 2021)
Awards and honours
While at high school she was named the 2014 National Girls' Field Athlete of the Year by US Paralympics. (, 13 Nov 2014)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 30 Jun 2021)
She was born with a congenital femoral deficiency, which resulted in her left leg being amputated above the knee. (, 01 Jan 2014;, 21 May 2012)
Other information
She has studied for a master's degree in education, policy, organisation and leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States of America, where she has also worked part-time as a graduate research assistant. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2021)