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Jessica Frotten

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53

Further personal information

Residence
Regina, SK, CAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried Para athletics in 2013 in Regina, SK, Canada, after borrowing a racing wheelchair from the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association. Her first major tournament was the 2013 Dogwood Track and Field Meet in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Why this sport?
She was looking for ways to stay active. "I enjoy the challenge of setting personal goals and working hard to achieve them. I also enjoy being part of a team and meeting new people."
Club / Team
Saskatoon Cyclones Road and Track Club: Canada
Name of coach
Rick Reelie [personal], CAN

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Nottwil, SUI

General interest

Hobbies
Arts. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Injuries
She crashed during the T54 1500m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, and needed more than a month to recover from her injuries. (yukon-news.com, 17 Jul 2018)

In 2016 she suffered from tendinitis in her shoulder. (yukon-news.com, 26 Apr 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she won a Premier's Award of Excellence at the Government of Yukon's Celebration of Sport Excellence awards. The awards recognise athletes from Yukon, Canada, who achieve a level of excellence or a special level of accomplishment in their sport. (yukon.ca, 01 Jan 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (yukon-news.com, 20 Nov 2019)
Impairment
In 2009 she was a passenger in a car that crashed on the Alaska Highway in Canada. She sustained injuries to her spinal cord, punctured a lung, and broke both hands and one of her feet in the crash. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; cbc.ca, 03 Jul 2014)
Other information
WHEELCHAIR THEFT
In June 2020 her racing wheelchair was stolen from her garage in Regina, SK, Canada. "It was custom built just for me, it doesn't fit anybody else. It's pretty much useless to anyone but me. It's not like a bicycle where you can hop on it and take off, someone had to really work to get that out of the garage. My heart just sunk because it's such an important part of my life and my training, and without it I'm kind of stuck." A US company replaced her wheelchair the following month. "The guys at Carbonbike USA are rockstars! They have been so helpful in replacing my stolen racer. They built this baby in record time." (Facebook profile, 11 Jul 2020, 12 Jun 2020; insidethegames.biz, 16 Jun 2020; regina.ctvnews.ca, 12 Jun 2020)

OCCUPATION
She works as a transition specialist for a Canadian medical supplies company based in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, which specialises in supplies and service for people with spinal cord injuries and spina bifida. (Facebook profile, 22 Feb 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T53 Heat 1 2015-10-22 5
Women's 200 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-22 7
Women's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2015-10-23 8
Women's 100 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-24 8
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2015-10-25 11
Women's 800 m T53 Heat 1 2015-10-26 13
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-15 6
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2017-07-18 9999
Women's 800 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-23 7
Women's 100 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-23 9