Jenny Armstrong
Personal information
Full nameJennifer Margaret Armstrong
Born3 March 1970 (1970-03-03) (age 52)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Height171 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight59 kg (130 lb)[1]
Spouse(s)Erik Stibbe
Medal record

Jennifer Margaret Armstrong OAM (born 3 March 1970) is an Olympic sailor from New Zealand. After competing for her native country at the 1992 Olympics, she moved to Australia in 1996 and won a historic sailing gold for her adopted country at the 2000 Olympics.

Early life

Armstrong was born in 1970 in Dunedin, New Zealand, to John and Robyn Armstrong.[1][2] Armstrong attended Otago Girls' High School there.[3]

Sailing for New Zealand

In Dunedin, Armstrong is a member of the Ravensbourne Boating Club.[4] She went to the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain and competed in the Europe class for New Zealand, coming fourth in that competition.[2] Armstrong is listed as New Zealand Olympian number 592.[5]

Sailing for Australia

Armstrong is married to Erik Stibbe, a Dutch born[6] sailing coach. They moved to Australia in 1996 when he secured a contract to coach Australian Olympic solo dinghy sailors.[2][7] In Australia she was affiliated with the Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Mosman, New South Wales.[1]

Armstrong attended the 2000 Summer Olympics for Australia in her new home city Sydney and competed in the 470 class with Zimbabwean-born Belinda Stowell. They won Australia's first gold medal in sailing in 28 years.[2][8]

On 16 January 2001, Armstrong was awarded the Australian Sports Medal.[9] Ten days later on 26 January 2001, she was awarded the Order of Australia medal for service to sport as a gold medallist at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.[10]

At the 470 World Championships, Armstrong and Stowell won silver in both 2000 and 2001. Armstrong and Stowell were crowned female Australian Yachtsman of the Year for both the 2000–01 and the 2001–02 seasons.[11]

Armstrong and Stowell again competed for Australia at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the 470 class and in that year, they came 14th.[12] Armstrong retired from international sailing after the 2004 Olympics.[13]

In 2016, Armstrong and her husband joined the Otago Yacht Club.[14]

In 2017, Armstrong and Stowell were inaugural inductees in the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Jenny Armstrong". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d McFadden, Suzanne (28 September 2000). "Sailing: Here's a gold medal to share, says Jenny". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  3. ^ McMurran, Alistair (20 November 2009). "Otago Girls High School honours its Olympians". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  4. ^ Brown, Timothy (22 August 2016). "Words of wisdom for young sailors". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Jenny Armstrong". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 9 February 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  6. ^ "New arrivals revitalise club". 5 October 2020.
  7. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Sailing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games: Women's One Person Dinghy". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  8. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Sailing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games: Women's Two Person Dinghy". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Jennifer Margaret Armstrong". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Jennifer Margaret Armstrong OAM". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Yachtsman of the Year – Yachting Australia". sailing.org.au. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  12. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Sailing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games: Women's Two Person Dinghy". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Jenny Armstrong". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  14. ^ "New Member – Jenny Armstrong". Otago Yacht Club. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Jenny Armstrong OAM and Belinda Stowell OAM". Australian Sailing Hall of Fame website. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.