Jennifer Walinga
Personal information
Birth nameJennifer Doey
BornJanuary 9, 1965 (1965-01-09) (age 57)
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Medal record
Women's rowing
Representing  Canada
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1986 Edinburgh Women's coxed four
World Rowing Championships
Gold medal – first place 1991 Vienna Women's eight
Gold medal – first place 1991 Vienna Women's four
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Nottingham Women's coxed four

Jennifer Walinga (née Doey, born January 9, 1965) is a Commonwealth gold medallist in rowing. Outside of the Commonwealth Games, Walinga won two golds and one bronze in the World Rowing Championships. She was inducted into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Early life and education

Walinga was born January 9, 1965 in Scarborough, Ontario and moved to Peterborough, Ontario when she was 6. She went to Peterborough Collegiate for high school and played in various sports including volleyball and basketball.[1] For her post-secondary studies, Walinga started at Brock University with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in 1987 before obtaining a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario the following year.[2]


Walinga started her rowing career in the 1980s with the Peterborough Rowing Club. She started to compete in international rowing competitions at the 1983 World Rowing Junior Championships and became a member of the National rowing team of Canada in 1984. The following year, she participated at the 1985 World Rowing Championships and did not medal.[3]

In 1986, Walinga won a gold medal in the coxed four event at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. Later that year, she received a bronze at the 1986 World Rowing Championships in coxed four.[4] After a 7th-place finish at the 1988 Summer Olympics in coxed four, she won gold at the 1991 World Rowing Championships in coxed four and coxed eight. Although she was supposed to compete at the 1992 Summer Olympics, Walinga was forced to retire before the Olympics due to injury.[1]

Upon retiring from rowing, Walinga taught at St. Michaels University School from 1992 to 2007.[5] While at St, Michaels, she starting working at Royal Roads University in 2000 and became the university's School of Communication & Culture director in 2008.[6]

Awards and honors

In 2013, Walinga was inducted into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.[4] The same year, she became a member of the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame.[3] In 2017, she was inducted into the Canadian Rowing Hall of Fame as a member of the 1992 Canadian Olympic Coxless Fours team.[7]

Personal life

Walinga is married with three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Davies, Mike (14 April 2013). "Walinga entering Canadian Sports Hall of Fame". Peterborough Examiner. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Bio (Jennifer Walinga )". Royal Roads University. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Jennifer Walinga". Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b "JENNIFER WALINGA". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  5. ^ Dheensaw, Cleve (16 October 2013). "Vancouver Island sports stars honoured in Hall of Fame". Times Colonist. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  6. ^ Stiebel, Rick (18 November 2017). "Royal Roads prof named to Rowing Canada's Hall of Fame". Victoria News. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  7. ^ "1992 Women's Coxless Fours". Canadian Rowing Hall of Fame. Retrieved 29 April 2018.