JACKSON Joanne < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA England   
Gender Women
Born 12 Sep 1986 in Northallerton, ENG
Height1.84 m
Weight 77 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Loughborough, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She started swimming at the age of 10 and started taking it seriously at the age of 14.
Why this sport? Her sister was a swimmer and she looked up to her and wanted to be just like her.
Club / Team ITC Loughborough: Loughborough, ENG
Name of coach Ben Titley
Coach from which country? Great Britain
Training Regime Five or six hard sessions a week in the pool, plus gym work.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Freestyle
International Debut
Year 2003
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament World Championships
Location Barcelona
General Interest
Nicknames Jo. (British Swimming, 19 Jul 2010)
Hobbies Shopping, going out for dinner, football, music - especially dance and R'n'B, going back to Yorkshire to see her family and friends, cars. (joannejackson.com, 2009; swimming.org, Jul 2009)
Memorable sporting achievement Breaking the 400m freestyle world record in Sheffield in 2009 and winning the bronze medal in the same event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (joannejackson.com, 2009)
Most influential person in career Her sister Nicole Jackson and former coach Dave McNulty. (joannejackson.com, 2009; English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
Hero / Idol British rower Steve Redgrave. (British Swimming, 19 Jul 2010)
Injuries She has suffered frequently since 2009 with asthma attacks, chest infections, flu sinus problems and popped ribs, with her recently just getting over another chest infection two years later in 2011. This has left her unable to perform at her very best when the illnesses occur. Asthma is a recurring illness and could continue to affect her for the rest of her career. (morethanthegames.co.uk, 07 Nov 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Train the way you want to compete." (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Famous relatives Her sister Nicole Jackson swam in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and won a gold medal at the World Championships in 2001. (joannejackson.com, 19 Jul 2010)
Ambitions To be a police officer and to setup a swimming school. (English Aquatics Team Media Guide, 2010)
Other information FAMILY
She sometimes thinks it is a disadvantage to have a sister who was also an elite swimmer because of the expectations it creates. "Everyone is always comparing us," she said. "If she did it why can't I? That sort of thing." (chroniclelive.co.uk, 06 Mar 2008)