ATKINSON Jo < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA England   
Gender Women
Born 17 Jan 1985 in Middlesbrough, ENG
Height1.68 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Dave
Other names Jo Jackson
Residence Redcar, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Sports Physiology - Leeds Metropolitan University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began athletics as a cross-country runner at age 11. She took up race walking at age 18, in 2002.
Why this sport? At age 17 she realised she had to specialise in a specific athletics event. She chose race walking on the advice of John Paddick, a British Olympic race walker, who encouraged her to try the discipline.
Club / Team Middlesborough and Cleveland Harriers: England
Name of coach Maureen Jackson
International Debut
Year 2005
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament European Championships
Location Hungary
General Interest
Hobbies Eating at restaurants, going to the cinema, shopping, walking her dog. (alphatechonline.co.uk, 07 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (sofeminine.co.uk, 30 Jul 2012)
Hero / Idol British athlete Paula Radcliffe. (thepowerof10.info, 28 Aug 2011)
Injuries She missed the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, People's Republic of China due to sciatica and back problems. She was unable to race between May and July that year, which prevented her from adequately preparing for the worlds in Beijing. (alphatechonline.co.uk, 31 Jul 2015)

She missed the start of the 2012 season while recovering from a knee operation. (bbc.co.uk, 25 Apr 2012; thenorthernecho.co.uk, 23 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Dream, plan, achieve." (olympics.org.uk, 28 Feb 2008)
Other sports She was a competitive cross-country runner and triple-jumper at regional level before switching to race walking. (independent.co.uk, 04 May 2008)
Famous relatives Growing up her entire immediate family was involved in athletics, with her mother a coach while her sister, brother and father all competed at club level in various disciplines. (independent.co.uk, 04 May 2008)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (alphatechonline.co.uk, 07 Jan 2016)
Other information BREAK FROM COMPETITION
She lost her national lottery funding after the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and had to find part-time work to make ends meet. She stopped competing entirely in order to finish her university degree, but returned to competitive action in 2014 with the help of sponsorship from a local IT solutions business. (alphatechonline.co.uk, 09 Dec 2014)

LONDON DISQUALIFICATION
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London she was disqualified from the 20km race walk due to movement violations. "Unfortunately I got disqualified. I was on for a personal best and I gave it everything, it just wasn't to be. It meant everything to compete in front of this crowd and obviously I'm really gutted. I feel I've let everyone down now." (itv.com, 12 Aug 2012)