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 …

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Date of birth
10 January 1991
Sport
Goalball
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
Vision Impairment – Oculocutaneous albinism
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Newtown, NSW
Occupation
High school English and drama teacher
Started competing
2009
First competed for Australia
2010
Sport career highlights

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

Greatest sporting moments

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

Disciplines

  • Sport: Goalball Classification: B3

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