Quick Facts

Disability
Vision Impairment – Oculocutaneous albinism
Sport
Goalball
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
January 10, 1991
Home
Newtown, NSW
Occupation
High school English and drama teacher
Started Competing
2009
First Competed for Australia
2010
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Qualifying for London 2012 in front of a home crowd, her dad and sister

Greatest Moment

The Opening Ceremony and Steelers winning gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London

Bio

Jenny Blow, who has oculocutaneous albinism, first tried her hand at goalball at the 2006 Southern Cross Games in Auckland, New Zealand. Although she enjoyed participating in the uniquely Paralympic sport, she shied away from it, having been involved in able-bodied sport her entire life.

But in a move to develop goalball in schools, former Australian coach Georgie Kenaghan visited the University of Sydney in 2009 to speak to future teachers about sporting opportunities available to children with disabilities. Striking up a friendship, Georgie taught Jenny to play and they, together with future Paralympic teammate Tyan Taylor, formed a team in New South Wales.

With only four months of experience, Jenny competed at the National Championships, placing second, and her team was called up to the Australian squad.

Jenny made her international debut the following year at the 2010 IBSA Goalball World Championships in Sheffield, England, a moment which remains one of the highlights of her career, and went on to represent Australia at her first Paralympic Games in London in 2012.

The Aussie Belles lost all four preliminary matches, placing fifth behind Canada, Japan, Sweden and the United States.

Originally their team wasn’t selected to compete at Rio 2016, only receiving the call-up when Russia was banned from the Games due to widespread doping. There they achieved one better than London, tying 2-2 in their match against the Ukraine. Unfortunately, the point differential saw the Australian team again place fifth behind Turkey, China, Canada and the Ukraine.

Jenny has recently finished her studies and is currently employed as a high school English and drama teacher. She says that her family are the most influential people in her life, explaining she wouldn’t be the person she is today without their support and encouragement.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Goalball Classification: B3