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 …

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Date of birth
19 January 2001
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Vision Impairment – Cone-rod dystrophy
How acquired
Faulconbridge, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

First open national championships in 2014

Heroes/role models

Maddison Elliott


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m Backstroke Classification: S13
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m breastroke Classification: SB13
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S13
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM13
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S13

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