Jenna Hawkey originates from Portreath – Cornwall (United Kingdom), competes for Portreath Surf Life Saving Club and has been a member of the Great Britain National team since 2002. Although a surf life saving girl at heart, Jenna also trains for K1 (Kayak Singles) and K4 (Kayak Fours) pursuing her dream of winning gold at the London Olympics in 2012. So over the next 18 months, Jenna will step up her trianing schedule in anticipation of both the London Olympics with Rescue 2012 to follow in Adelaide, Australia not long after.
Among Jenna’s highest achievements are European Ski Champion 2003 and 2005, European Board Race Bronze medalist 2005, World Championship interclub ski race silver Rescue 2008 and World Championship international ski race 4th Rescue 2008.
Jenna joined Surf Life Saving as a Nipper as an 8 year old, winning the British National Ski Title in 2002 when she was 16, leading to selection in the Great Britain National team for the European Championships the following year.
Having competed on the Gold Coast in 2005 and then in Lorne for Rescue 2006, Jenna has not visited Australia since and is looking forward to competing in the sun and achieving her best results yet. Although having competed at 3 World Championships, she is yet to claim a medal in international competition – we hope this is the one for Jenna!
Due to get married in October 2011, Jenna and her husband hope to have a belated honeymoon following Rescue 2012 travelling around Australia and New Zealand, before returning and settling into married life. Sounds like a good plan to us.
We also asked Jenna to provide us with a training tip…
Eat a lot, sleep a lot and stretch a lot. Everyone is different and has different strengths and weaknesses, so if you think a particular organised club session isn't right for you, don't be afraid to make suggestions or go off and do your own thing once in a while.