Jenna Downing

jenna downing

Jenna is the world’s number one female inline skater and ten times British Champion. A natural competitor, Jenna has competed in rollerblading events since she was eight and became the youngest ever female to turn pro aged 12.

Since then she has represented her country across the globe in major international events, scooping the NASS title three times over, winning an X-Games silver medal in 2002 and becoming LG Action Sports World Champion in 2008. To date, she is the only European female to perform the 900-degree spin.

Growing up in a deprived area, Jenna had to work hard to get to where she is today whilst facing a multitude of obstacles. As an Athlete Mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport, Jenna hopes to show young people that whatever their background or circumstances it is possible to achieve anything they choose to in life.

Having been an Athlete Mentor for several years, Jenna is also taking on the role of Senior Athlete Mentor this academic year – using the expertise she has gained from previous years on the initiative to visit schools which have already completed Sky Sports Living for Sport projects and help them to continue to develop and improve their students’ lives through sport.

Jenna says: “I am really looking forward to visiting as many schools as possible and sharing my personal story with young people in the hope that I can make a difference to their lives.

“Every young person needs a role model, someone inspiring to look up to. Unfortunately, a lot of young people don’t have that in their life and as a result aren’t achieving their full potential.

“Sport has impacted on my life massively and I know that without sport I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. I’ve been lucky enough to make amazing friends and receive some fantastic opportunities. Sport has given me the motivation, drive and courage to push myself and be the best person that I can be. As an Athlete Mentor I hope to inspire and influence other people’s lives though the power of sport.”

Sporting Achievements

  • World Champion

 

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