Sport for Women

Jo Brigden-Jones

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Canoe / Kayak
Location: Australia

Brigden-Jones returned to competitive racing at World Cup 1 in Poznan last year following a serious shoulder injury which kept her sidelined since August in 2010.

The former world no. 2 has made a remarkable comeback to establish herself as a key member of the women's K4 500 crew bound for London this year, where the quad will be looking to better their bronze medal result in Beijing four years ago.


Jo Brigden-Jones on Twitter

Jo Brigden-Jones in the News

Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: Winning a bronze medal in K2 200m and placing 5th in the K4 500m and qualifying Australia a quota place for the Olympics at the 2011 World Championships

Greatest achievement off the field: Graduating with a nursing degree and gaining entry into a post graduate course to study paramedics – my dream job!

Who is your sporting heroine? Layne Beachley

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? 25hours

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? I try to eat a healthy balanced diet so I get all the right nutrients and energy requirements for training. I have a oversized sweet tooth so I often enjoy a treat but never feel guilty!

What do you love about your sport? The challenge, achieving goals, being a good role model and travelling the world

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? Move events for female kayakers at the Olympics. Men can compete in 8 events while women only have 4 events.

What motivates you? The satisfaction of achieving something you thought you couldn’t do. Gaining results, ticking the boxes and achieving goals knowing you put the hard work in to get there.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? I am a registered nurse and I am currently studying to become a paramedic

Three words that describe you: Happy, determined & food lover

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Be prepared to do lots of swimming first! Sprint kayaks are very unstable and take a long time to learn how to stay upright

Jo Brigden-Jones Supports Sport for Women Day

"I support women in sport day as it shows to the world that women are powerful, resilient and deserving of being recognsied for what we are achieving in sport and everyday life.

"Everyone should be involved in sport as it fun, healthy and makes you happy!"