AJ Jennings lived with chronic pain, depression and an addiction to prescription medication for two decades before bravely deciding to amputate her right leg through the knee. She hoped that this would improve her quality of life, and after discovering Para-canoe in 2012, she realised just how incredible her new trajectory could be.

AJ made her international debut at the 2014 International Canoe Federation Canoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow, Russia, where she won a bronze medal in the women’s kayak LTA. She won her first world title in 2015, and in doing so, all but secured a place on the Australian Paralympic Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

In Rio, AJ pushed two-time world champion Anne Dickins (GBR) all the way to a photo finish, to wrap up her first Paralympic campaign with a silver medal.

At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, AJ competed in the women’s KL3 …

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Date of birth
7 October 1971
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Right through-knee limb loss
How acquired
Amputation due to complex regional pain syndrome
Macclesfield, VIC
Equine masseuse, sports therapist
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a silver medal in the women’s kayak KL3 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Dawn Fraser

Favourite quote
Anything is possible


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