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Jenna Jones

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2009.
Why this sport?
She says she enjoys the feeling of being in the water even if her impairment can make the sport challenging. "I have had accidents where I have run into the pool wall. And it is pretty scary sometimes not knowing where you are in the water. When I am really fit, I feel like I am flying."
Club / Team
Auburn Swimming Club: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Clinton Camilleri [club]

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Hobbies
Drawing, photography, listening to audio books. (paralympic.org.au, 10 Mar 2020; Instagram profile, 22 Feb 2021)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Australian Para swimmer Maddison Elliott. (bluemountainsgazette.com.au, 25 Aug 2016; paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I always have those moments where I think, 'I can't do this', but then I think, 'If it was easy, everyone would do it. Then it wouldn't be special'. When I have set-backs I think, 'I haven't done all this hard work for nothing. If I stop I know I'd regret because I love it'." (cmri.org.au, 07 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Outside of sport, she hopes to become a massage therapist. (Instagram profile, 22 Feb 2021; bluemountainsgazette.com.au, 25 Aug 2016; swimming.org.au, 27 Aug 2019)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with a progressive visual impairment while at pre-school. (smh.com.au, 03 Sep 2016; bluemountainsgazette.com.au, 25 Aug 2016)
Other information
TECHNIQUE
She swims using counting techniques to help her know where she is in the pool. She also uses a tapper during competition to improve the accuracy of her flip turn. "I adapt my swimming by counting my strokes and underwater kicks during practice. I usually just see how it goes when counting strokes and I sometimes run into the wall." (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 17 Sep 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 3 2016-09-10 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 1 2016-09-11 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 3 2016-09-14 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-14 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2016-09-16 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 1 2016-09-17 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 2016-09-17 7