📍 Oro Medonte, Ontario, Canada
🏁 AWI Racing
Jennifer Jackson, but most call me Jenn, others call me Jackson, some call me JJ, and some just bark… Recently gave up my aspirations of becoming a really fast cross country skier and have since developed a biking habit which I’m enjoying working on now. 😉
Aspire to live a fulfilling life, keep the expectations low but eyes scanning high, and to forever be a lifestyle athlete.
From 2013-2016, I was a member of the Thunder Bay National Team Development Centre for cross country skiing, and then went on to train and compete independently in 2017. Those four seasons were highlighted by representing Canada at two World Championships, 7 World Cup starts, a Canada Games gold medal, two Junior National titles, one U23 National title, and multiple National and NorAm podiums. While in Thunder Bay, I also completed my Mechanical Engineering Technologists Diploma at Lakehead University. What I learned in my skiing pursuits and subsequent burnout has shaped much of my attitude towards what it means to be an athlete and the life I aspire to live.
Summer 2017 saw the start of a new athletic chapter in mountain biking. Pages turned quickly as the season turned into a highlight reel with a U23 National Championship title, two silver medals and a bronze at the Canada Summer Games, and qualification for the World Championships. Unfortunately the dream debut season came to a jarring halt at the World Cup in Mont Sainte-Anne with a broken knee-cap that would put me out for rest of the year.
For 2018, the year started with an exciting win at the classic Paris to Ancaster gravel race in April. From there it was back on the trails for a string of podiums brought me to the top of the Canada Cup Series board – a mark of improvement and consistency as a first year Elite. The summer concluded with a Provincial Championship title, a 150km 8 Hour Solo, and a race of epic proportions at the Oz Trails Off-Road.
Currently racing some cyclocross (a few blog posts are up for them!), enrolled full-time in the Environmental Technology program at Georgian College, working part-time for good and necessary measure, and banking training hours to get ready for 2019. Next years’ mountain bike calendar will be a mix of Canadian and World Cups, gravel races, marathon mountain bike events, and eyes on National Championships at Hardwood in July.
Please check out the blog for news, updates, and a little more flavour of life.
On the bike…
2nd – CX National Championships, Peterborough, ON.
5th – CX Pan-American Championships, Midland, ON.
150km 8 Hour Solo
1st – Ontario Provincial Championships, Kelso, ON.
1st – Canada Cup Series Overall, Nationwide.
2nd – Canada Cup, Kentville, NS.
5th – XCO National Championships, Canmore, AB.
5th – Canada Cup, Hardwood Ski and Bike, ON.
2nd – Canada Cup, Horseshoe Valley, ON.
3rd – Road Provincial Championships, Kitchener, ON.
2nd – Canada Cup, Mont Tremblant, QC.
2nd – Canada Cup XCO, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC.
2nd – Canada Cup XCC, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC.
1st – Paris to Ancaster, ON.
18th – US Cup, Bonelli, CA, USA.
16th – US Cup, Fontana, CA, USA.
7th – Canada Cup, Bear Mountain, BC.
2nd – Canada Summer Games XCO (U23), Winnipeg MB
2nd – Canada Summer Games Relay, Winnipeg MB
3rd – Canada Summer Games XCE, Winnipeg MB
1st – National Championships (U23), Canmore AB
7th Elite – Canada Cup, Horseshoe Valley ON
4th Elite – Canada Cup, Baie Saint Paul QC
8th Elite – Canada Cup, Mont Tremblent QC
4th – Ontario Road Provincial Championships (1st U23), Owen Sound ON
1st – Ontario Mountain Bike Provincial Championships (1st U23), Haliburton ON
On the skinny skis…
2nd – 50km Skate, Gatineau Loppet.
2016-17 Highlight Results (2nd year U23)
21st – Classic Sprint, World U23 Championships
1st – 50km Classic, Gatineau Loppet
1st – 50km Skate, Sleeping Giant Loppet
2nd – 5km Skate, National Championships (1st – U23)
2015-16 Highlight Results (1st year U23)
3rd – Classic Sprint, Canmore NorAm
2nd – Skate Sprint, Lappe NorAm (1st – U23 Trials)
2nd – 10k Classic, Lappe NorAm (1st – U23 Trials)
2nd – Skate Sprint, Eastern Canadian Championships
29th – Skate Sprint, World U23 Championships
2014-15 Highlight Results (Junior)
1st – Classic Sprint, Canada Winter Games
3rd – 5k Skate, National Championships
1st – 10k Classic, National Championships (4th Senior)
2nd – Classic Sprint, National Championships
1st – 20k Skate, National Championships
2013 Junior National Champion in 5km individual skate & 10km mass start skate, 3rd in classic sprint, and 2nd Overall Aggregate.
2012 Yuletide Blast – 1st
2010 OFSAA Nordic – 1st
Other Sporting Achievements
Lappe Sawdust Run course record – 21:36.5
10km road PB – 37:18
Did 12 pullups in a row once
2nd place in Eastview dodgeball tournament in 2011