Jacqueline Rennebohm, together with guide runner Simon Hodge, are on target to compete in the 100m, 200m and 400m events at the Pan-American Games, and onward to the 2012 for the London Paralympics.
Jacqueline has high performance goals on the track and in academics. She holds the Canadian record for the 200m sprint (T12 class). She earned two gold (100m and 200m) and one silver medal (400m) at the 2011 Canadian Track & Field Championships in Calgary. She is also a varsity team member with the Western Mustang Athletics, University of Western Ontario (UWO) in London. Her goals for both the Para Pan-American Games and 2012 London Paralympic Games is to narrow the gap in world rankings from top ten to Podium.
Jacqueline knows what it takes to make it to the international stage, as she competed at the 2008 Bejing Paralympics in speed swimming, finishing top ten in four events. Since retiring from swimming, Jacqueline has applied her athleticism, hard work ethic, passion and skill to the track, where she has made many great strides in a short period of time.
Jacqueline attends UWO and is working towards an Environmental Health degree. She has volunteered at UWO on a number of committees/programs and was awarded Platinum status for the Residents Excellence Award for leadership and volunteer work. She has also given a number of presentations to schools, community groups, and organizations including the Clean Air Champion Initiative.
Jacqueline was diagnosed with Cone-Rod Dystrophy at a young age, and has always faced adversity with determination, courage and passion. “I always believe that ‘our limits are ones that we choose for ourselves.” The challenges of being blind, going to university, training and racing with Team Canada may seem like a heavy load; however, I view this as a “load of opportunity”. “I want to bathe the Podium with red, white and gold!
I got involved in track in ninth grade, and have been training and competing ever since. I train with Toronto Olympic Club, as well as the University of Western Ontario (UWO). I specialize in the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase. I love running and competing at any level and race for UWO’s cross-country and track and field teams.
I met Jacqueline in January 2010 when we were both competing at a meet in Toronto with the UWO track team. She was new to the sport, and was looking around for a guide. It seemed like a lot of fun, and I jumped at the chance! We immediately became a great team as we began training and racing together.
I was also quickly immersed in the world of Canadian Paralympics. It’s such a fun and motivational environment, I feel lucky to be a part of the team! The future is exciting, and we’re only going to get faster and stronger. World watch out!