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Jessica Tinney

Athletics | Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Kinesiology - Queen's University: Kingston, ON, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight and started competing at age 13.
Why this sport?
She took up swimming as part of her physiotherapy programme. "After a few tournaments, I knew competing was something I wanted to do."
Club / Team
Kingston Y Penguins Aquatic Club [swimming]: Canada
Name of coach
Vicki Keith [swimming], CAN

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"I get a feeling of freedom when I'm competing. I control how my races go, and I get to push myself in every single race. No one else can do that for me." (myschoolcdn.com, 01 Oct 2018)
Other sports
She has competed in both Para swimming and Para athletics internationally. She won bronze in the T33 400m athletics event at the 2018 CPISRA World Games in Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain. She was classified in Para swimming in the S5, SB4, and SM5 categories for the 2022 season. (IPC, 09 May 2022; paralympic.ca, 13 Aug 2018)
Other information
BALANCING SPORT AND STUDY
Her experience of living with cerebral palsy influenced her decision to study kinesiology at Queen's University in Kingston, ON, Canada. "With my disability, I wanted to learn more about how the body works. I've always been surrounded by a huge medical support team, so making sense of the language and concepts around me and being able to apply that to my education has been interesting. I've learned you really have to be in the moment [to balance being an athlete and a student]. Nothing good ever comes from trying to outline a research paper while you're at practice. Instead, I put all my focus into the one thing that I'm doing for the whole time. I've been very fortunate with the professors I've had that were so accommodating." (queensu.ca, 16 May 2022)