Jo Brigden-Jones (AUS)

Jo Brigden-Jones (AUS)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
19 April 1988
182 cm
76 kg
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Nurse, Paramedic
Higher education
Nursing - University of Technology Sydney: Australia


General Interest

Joey, Brigga, Joe Toe, Joseph, Goanna, Gypsy(, 05 Jun 2015)
Baking, spending time with friends, going to cafes. (, 05 Jun 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Representing Australia at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 05 Jun 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Guy Wilding and Christine Duff. (, 05 Jun 2015)
Hero / Idol
Australian surfer Layne Beachley. (, 05 Jun 2015)
In April 2013 she dislocated her left shoulder while competing in a surf ski relay at an Australian surf lifesaving competition. The injury required surgery and she missed almost eight months of competition. (, 02 Feb 2014; Facebook profile, 24 Apr 2013)

She missed the 2010 World Championships in Poznan, Poland, after she tore a muscle in her right shoulder in August 2010. She was sidelined for five months, but said in 2013 that the injury took over two years for her to fully recover from. (Facebook profile, 24 Apr 2013;, 03 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't fear to dream big." (, 05 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named Distance Education Sportsperson of the Year in 2012 and 2014 by Charles Sturt University in Australia. (, 05 Jun 2015)

She won a Sport Achievement Award from the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] in 2011. She was also named the 2011 Female Paddler of the Year by Paddle NSW. (, 05 Jun 2015)

She was named Sportswoman of the Year in 2008 and 2009 by the University of Technology Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. (, 05 Jun 2015)
Other sports
She has competed in national surf lifesaving competitions in Australia. (, 2014)
Other information
She dislocated her left shoulder in April 2013, having only recently returned to the sport following a serious injury to her right shoulder. "It requires surgery to fix it. I found out the results of an MRI scan I had on my birthday - worst birthday present ever. Devastated is an understatement. Add gutted and shattered to that and I might be getting close to how I feel. Coming back after my last shoulder operation [2010] was the hardest thing I have been through. It took two-and-a-half years until I felt like I was back on track and that was only two weeks ago." (Facebook profile, 24 Apr 2013)

After graduating in 2011 with a degree in nursing, the following year she began a graduate diploma of clinical practice [paramedic]. She studied via distance learning from Charles Sturt University in Australia, and completed the course in 2014. (, 05 Jun 2015; Linkedin profile, 2015)

International Debut

Competing for

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2001 at Sydney Northern Beaches Kayak Club in New South Wales, Australia.
Why this sport?
She got into the sport through a talent identification programme.
Name of coach
David Foureur [national], AUS; Anna Wood [national], AUS


Olympic GamesK4 500mEngland, London8 August 20122012Women1:33.6719Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Women1:37.60311Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Women40.84515Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 500mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Women1:42.8877Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Women2:54.3669Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 200mHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Women38.3693Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mHungary, Szeged19 August 20112011Women1:39.3035Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Women2:52.8115Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Women41.89918Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Women1:50.96818Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Women1:53.9848Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mCanada, Dartmouth15 August 20092009Women4:05.0817Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 200mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Women36.1036Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Women2:55.4025Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 200mAustralia, Adelaide12 February 20162016Women42.081Latest resultBest result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 500mAustralia, Adelaide14 February 20162016Women1:50.861Latest resultBest result
Oceania ChampionshipsK2 500mAustralia, Adelaide13 February 20162016Women1:48.742Latest resultBest result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 200mAustralia, Sydney2 March 20142014Women43.7301Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 500mAustralia, Sydney28 February 20142014Women1:56.8502Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK2 500mAustralia, Sydney1 March 20142014Women1:49.6701Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak10 August 20142014Women26Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak22 August 20102010Women2Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak7 June 20092009Women7Best result
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaK1 200mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008Women43.074Best result
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaK1 500mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008Women1:54.383Best result
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaK2 500mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008WomenDNF9Best result
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaK4 200mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008Women37.491Best result
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaK4 500mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008Women1:36.453Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 200mAustralia, Penrith2 March 20122012Women43.536Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK4 500mAustralia, Penrith2 March 20122012Women1:37.311Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 200mAustralia, Penrith12 February 20102010Women46.081Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 500mAustralia, Penrith13 February 20102010Women1:56.031Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK2 200mAustralia, Penrith12 February 20102010Women44.531Best result