Jeanette is a significant force at world level in the women’s K1 200m KL1, winning the world title on four consecutive occasions until 2016 when she took silver. She is also a double European Champion at this event winning in 2014 and 2015. Previously she has also won gold at the World and European Championships in the non-Paralympic event of V1A 200m.
Having qualified the Paralympic quota place for GB at the 2015 World Championships, Jeanette won both KL1 selection races at the British Canoeing Paralympic selection trials to secure her own place on Paralympics GB in Rio, where para-canoe made its debut.
Jeanette etched her name into the history books as she became the first ever Paralympic canoeing champion with victory in the women’s KL1 final.
The Maidenhead athlete crossed the line in 58.760, just 0.114 seconds ahead of Germany’s Edina Muller.
Jeanette is an outstanding athlete having already competed as a swimmer at five consecutive Paralympic Games; Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, winning a total of 12 medals. Atlanta was her most successful games where she won two gold, one silver and two bronze medals and set two new world records.
Jeanette first learnt to swim as part of her physiotherapy after contracting a virus and only started canoeing when a friend nagged her to give it a try. She is also a wife and mum of two children.
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