Quick Facts

Disability
Vision Impairment – Cone-rod dystrophy
Sport
Swimming
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
January 19, 2001
Home
Faulconbridge, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2009
First Competed for Australia
2014
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Maddison Elliott

Career Highlights

First open national championships in 2014

Bio

Jenna Jones was born with a rare degenerative vision impairment called cone-rod dystrophy. Diagnosed when she was in kindergarten, her parents encouraged her to try all sports, but as her eye sight continued to deteriorate, swimming was seen as the safer option.

Having swum for seven years, it was in 2014 that she began to develop a hunger for competition. She met her current coach Nick Robinson, and together they set goals for her burgeoning career.

In 2014 she competed at her first Australian Open Championships. At just 13 years of age, Jenna had low expectations going into the event but surprised herself with her success. She made three A Finals and two B Finals and set 11 Australian Age records.

At the 2015 Australian Championships Jenna was battling illness but still managed to come away with her first national open medal – silver in the 50m breaststroke. At the 2015 Australian Age Championships, she was a resounding success – winning six gold and three silver medals. She also broke nine Australian and 10 state records in her class.

Although Jenna was targeting the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, she met the Rio qualifying times in five events, making her goal of being selected a reality.

At Rio she competed in five events, finishing seventh in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke finals, but did not qualify for the finals of the 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley or the 100m breaststroke.

Jenna is one of six kids, with four older brothers and one younger sister. In the future she would like to work as a physiotherapist or work with animals.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m Backstroke Classification: S13
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m breastroke Classification: SB13
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S13
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM13
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S13