Name: Lindsay Jennerich
CAN Fund Recipient Since: 2008
1st at the 2010 World Rowing Championships
Hometown: Victoria, BC
Horoscope Sign: Leo
On The National Team Since: 2002
How does being a CAN Fund Recipient make a difference for you?
Being a CAN Fund recipient makes a difference to me in that it has relieved a great deal of stress for me in regards to expenses. I have had a few unexpected extra expenses as of late and CAN Fund has helped me cover those. My training is very important to me and does not allow me to find part-time work, so the more help I receive, the better I can train and focus on my sport.
How did you get involved in your sport?
I first started rowing when I started high school at Claremont Secondary. Rowing was a new sport that had not been offered to me earlier in school and I was eager to try something new. I knew instantly that it was a sport that I was going to stick with and pursue further.
What is the best part about representing Canada?
The best part of representing Canada is that you represent a very respected, appreciated and loved nation. I always feel welcome in every country I go to and it is through the eyes of how other nations see me that I realize how wonderful Canadians are.
What does sport mean to you?
Sport to me is a chance to see what I can do as not only an athlete but as a human being. Sport challenges me in ways that nothing else has challenged me so far in life. It teaches me so many valuable life lessons and I feel the best thing sport has taught me is to see my intentions through. Talk is truly idle in sport and actions definitely speak louder than words.
Do you have any pre-competition superstitions or routines?
I think superstitions are dangerous because there can come a time when acting out your superstition is impossible and then what do you do? So I just swish water around in my mouth three times and spit it out before entering the start gates. Hahaha. So ya, I have one. But I will always have a water bottle in the boat and entering the start gates is part of the warm up routine, so I will always go through that process.
What is in your refrigerator right now?
Full of plain greek yogurt. That is always in there. There are strawberries, blue cheese stuffed olives (there’s always olives in my fridge), tons of sweet potatoes, almond milk, tons of cheese (I eat a block every week easily) and of course, bacon, eggs and last night’s leftovers.
What are your words to live by or your motto?
“When it’s wrong, go long.”
This is a silly rowing specific motto for the double
What advice would you give to young kids or teenagers about following their dreams?
There will be tons of naysayers and also tons of people that were not able to achieve what you are trying to achieve. All of these people will have opinions and judgments about what you are doing or trying to do, so remember that it’s your dream. It’s called following YOUR dream for a reason. Don’t let anyone tell you what you are or are not capable of, only you can decide that.
What is your favourite thing about being on the road with your teammates?
The down time in new and foreign places. It’s really cool to explore new places with the team.
What are you favourite places in the world you have visited?
I absolutely loved New Zealand. It was a lot like Vancouver Island but more tropical and extreme. It was the most scenic, friendly and beautiful place I have ever seen. Kiwi’s as people are super awesome.
If you were stranded on a desert island what three items would you take with you?
I’d bring three other people because I’m sure between four of us we could figure it all out.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, working on property in Jordan River, crocheting toques for friends, hiking and biking.
What is your favourite book?
A Handful of Time by Kit Pearson
Who is your favourite athlete?
What is your favourite tv series?
SUITS!!!! In caps locks
Website or Blog: www.obeeandjennerich.com