Age: 27Born: SydneyHome: Mona Vale, Australia.Weapon of Choice: Nelo Sprint Kayak, Bennett Paddles, Oakley SunglassesWebsite: www.jobrigdenjones.com
Jo Brigden Jones started Kayaking when she was selected into the Talent Identification Program in 2001 and ranks her selection into the 2012 Australian Olympic Team and Bronze Medal in the 2011 World Championships as the highlights of her career to date.
In 2001, at 13, Jo was selected in a talent identification squad run through the Sydney Northern Beaches Kayak Club. Under the guidance of her SNBKC coach Christine Duff, Jo progressed through the ranks to become one of the country’s top juniors.
She then received a New South Wales Institute of Sport scholarship and commenced training with NSWIS coach Guy Wilding.
After narrowly missing out on a spot on the Australian team for the 2008 Olympics, Jo came back more determined than ever and came out in 2009 to win the Australian title in the K1 500 & 1000 metres.
Jo began to take this form to international meets and in 2010 became the number 1 ranked female K1 Paddler before suffering a terrible Shoulder injury. Jo once again fought back to regain her form to perform at international races once again and qualified for the 2012 London Olympic's on the Australian K4 Womens Team which narrowly missed out on qualifying into the Final.
Jo is currently in a battle for the last K1 500 spot available for the Australian Olympic Team for Rio with long time K2 Partner Naomi Flood.
Outside of Paddling, Jo graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Technology, Sydney where she also won the UTS Union Sportswoman of the Year award in 2008 and 2009. In 2012 Jo started studying via distance education through Charles Sturt University a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic). She is steadily working towards her dream job of becoming a paramedic.