About the project

What do you do when you have just qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games, then a week later they get postponed......


2020 has been a crazy year for all of us. So many ups and downs, changes, challenges, getting comfortable with the unknowns and planning with uncertainty.


I was thrilled to qualify for my second Olympic Team in mid March 2020. The feelings of pride, excitement, relief and joy quickly came crashing down. The Olympics won't be held this year. We have to keep training for an extra 12 months. The disappointment and sense of loss were hard to take. I was planning on retiring from kayaking after the Olympics. For me the postponement means putting my life on hold for another 12 months, more sacrifices and so many early morning training sessions to go.


I love my sport. I love being able to training each day, push myself to keep achieving. And I love racing, putting it all together and rising to the occasion on race day. Lucky I have found the positives out of the Olympics postponement and I'm looking forward to the new challenges the year ahead will bring.


The new plan - as part of my commitment to the Olympic Team and my teammates, I am required to relocate from Sydney to the Gold Coast from November 2020 to August 2021. I will be training hard with my team on the Gold Coast to try and achieve our dream of stepping onto the Olympics podium. I train 3 times a day with a mixture of paddling, strength and conditioning and cross training such as running and cycling.


In the lead up to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics I will require some support from my local community. I will have to reduce my work hours to enable me to fulfil my training requirements on the Gold Coast. I am fundraising to help cover the costs of everyday living expenses such as mortgage, food, petrol, travel expenses and training costs.


I work as a paramedic with NSW Ambulance, it's a job I love and it's great to be able to provide support and care to our community. I also just started a cake business as I love baking and sharing my sweet treats with everyone. But over the next 10 months I have to prioritise my paddling, training and racing. A reduction in work means I need a bit of extra help from you.


In the lead up to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics I will require some support from my local community. I will have to reduce my work hours to enable me to fulfil my training requirements on the Gold Coast. I am fundraising to help cover the costs of everyday living expenses such as mortgage, food, petrol, travel expenses and training costs.


My aim is the be the best paddler I can be in the hope to represent Australia with pride and passion. I want to show all Australians how beneficial being active can be, especially when you set yourself high goals and work hard to achieve them.


I started kayaking in 2001 through a Talent Identification program at a local kayak club in Narrabeen. My first kayak coach told me "don't fear to dream big". So I started thinking what it might be like to race for Australia and go to the Olympics. After many years of hard work, dedication to become the fastest, many setbacks and perseverance and I achieved my goal. In 2012 I raced for Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games. I got goosebumps from head to toe when I walked into the Opening Ceremony and realised I had just achieved my childhood dream. Racing in front 20,000 screaming spectators and the rest of the world was very special. I placed 9th in the K4 500m event. But it has left me wanting more. I want to win an Olympic medal.


 

Your tax deductible donation will be much appreciate!


All donations will go directly towards supporting my journey to the 2020 (2021) Olympic Games. Remember your donations are tax deductible!

 

Your consideration and support is greatly appreciated.

 

If you would like to follow my journey, the best place to keep in touch is through my social media sites. Check out my Instagram and Facebook pages for the latest paddling updates.

https://www.instagram.com/jobrigdenjones/

https://www.facebook.com/jobrigdenjonesathlete/

http://www.jobrigdenjones.com.au/

 

Top recent results


2020

National Championships - 1st K1 200m, K2 200m, State V State K4, 2nd K1 500m, K2 500m

Tokyo Olympic Team


2019

World Championships - K4 500m 7th (Olympic quota position), K2 200m 8th

National Championships – K4 500m & K2 200m 1st, K1 200m & K2 500m 2nd


2018

World Championships – K4 500m 7th, K2 200m 8th

World Cup 1 - K4 500m Silver medal

National Championships - K4 500m & K2 200m 1st


2017

World Championships - K1 500m 9th

World Cup 3 - K1 1000m & K2 200m 2nd

National Championships - K1 200m 1st


 

Career highlights

Olympic Games - London 2012 - K4 500m 9th

World Championships - Bronze medal K2 200m

World Cup - multiple medals - gold, silver, bronze (2008-2018)

14 time World Championship finalist

17 years of Australian National Team representation (2004-2020)

Ranked number 1 in the World - ICF World Cup series 2010

40 time National Champion

Australia Day Ambassador (2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)

  • Prue Maitland

    Go Jo! Cheering all the way!!

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