Goalball has been a part of Jenny Blow’s life for almost a decade, but never did she think she would take her passion to an elite level until 2009 when she began studying to become a teacher.
Jenny, who has oculocutaneous albinism, first tried her hand in goalball at the Southern Cross Games in New Zealand in 2006. While she enjoyed participating in the uniquely Paralympic sport, she shied away from it, having been involved in able-bodied sports her whole life.
Three years later, goalball became a permanent fixture in Jenny’s life. In a move to develop the sport in schools, former Australian coach Georgie Kenaghan visited the University of Sydney where Jenny was studying, to talk to future teachers about the sporting opportunities available to children with disabilitioes. Striking up a friendship, Georgie taught Jenny to play, and soon started a NSW team with fellow 2016 Australian Team mate Tyan Taylor.
With only four months of experience, she competed at the National Championships where her team came 2nd and she was called up to the Australian squad. Her talents quickly developed and soon after, she made it her personal quest to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
One year after she was invited to the Australian team, Jenny made
her international debut at the 2010 IBSA Goalball World Championships in Sheffield, England. Wearing green and gold for the first time will always remain a career highlight for Jenny.
Jenny cites walking out at the Opening Ceremony at the London 2012 Games and waving to the millions of people watching around the world as her greatest sporting moment and to this day, the memories give her goosebumps.
For Jenny, it’s those goosebumps that have motivated her to train for Rio 2016. Thrilled with the late call up to compete, she is aiming to compete to the best of her ability.
Jenny has recently finished her studies and is working as a high school English and Drama teacher. She lists her family as the most influential people in her life as she believes she wouldn’t be the person she is today without their support and encouragement.
Having recently moved to Newtown, Jenny is embracing the lifestyle of her new home by eating at the restaurants, going to the theatre and spending time there with her friends.