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Jennifer Walinga

Growing up in Peterborough, Jenny was an accomplished athlete. At PCVS she competed in track, basketball, volleyball and rowing. A dominant basketball center, she played for PCVS and in the Peterborough Women’s Basketball League.

A member of both the PCVS and Peterborough Rowing Clubs, she competed at the Henley, winning in 1982, 1983 & 1984. Her PCVS team placed 3rd at the 1983 Schoolboy Championships. She started competing internationally in 1983 where she placed 4th at the Junior Worlds. She attended Brock, Western and York Universities, representing Brock at the Head of the Trent and Charles, as well as the CIAUís. She was with the Canadian National Rowing Team from 1984 to 1992.   She placed 2nd at the Senior B Championships in 1984; placed 5th at the Worlds in 1985; won bronze at the Worlds in 1986; won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1986; placed 7th at the 1988 Seoul, Korea Olympics; won double gold in the four and eight at the 1991 Worlds; and won double gold at the 1992 Barcelona, Spain Olympics. She will be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in October of 2013.

After retirement, she spent 13 years with the St. Michaels University School rowing program, taking the team to the Schoolboy Championships in 2005 and 2006 where her crews won two gold and two bronze.

Dr. Jennifer Walinga, a mother of 3, lives in Victoria, BC where she continues to coach and stay active. As a Professor at Royal Roads University her research focuses on the values learned through sport.

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