WEEK #13: JENNIFER WALINGA
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was an all-round athlete who ran track and played volleyball and basketball. I discovered rowing in grade 10 and gradually focused more intently on it. I was part of a Henley winning crew for my home club and then made the junior national team in 1983 where we placed 4th at the Worlds. From there I went from U23 to the senior national team. We earned a gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1986 followed by a bronze at the worlds. I competed at my first Olympics in 1988 where we placed 7th but then went on to steadily improve to 4th, then gold at the Worlds. We won in the eight, pair, and four events at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Please share a story about an internal or external barrier you have faced.
I experienced a couple of barriers: the first was with fear of failure due to a challenging coaching situation. The second was an injury.