ABEL Jennifer < Back  
Sport Diving
CGA Canada   
Gender Women
Born 23 Aug 1991 in Montreal, CAN
Height1.60 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Partner David Lemieux, step-daughter Lillyanna
Residence Montreal, QC, CAN
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, French
Higher education Humanities - Universite du Quebec a Montreal [UQAM]: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up diving at age four.
Why this sport? "Before I could even walk, I was attracted to water. My brother used to dive and I wanted to be like him. The thrill of diving was like no other for me, even at my tender age."
Club / Team Pointe-Claire Aquatic Club: Canada
Name of coach Arturo Miranda [national], CAN
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Canada
General Interest
Nicknames Jenn (Twitter profile, 06 Jul 2020)
Hobbies Shopping, fashion, cooking, watching movies. (diving.ca, 06 Jun 2019; olympic.ca, 14 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning bronze in the women's 3m synchronised springboard at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (gc2018.com, 01 Apr 2018)
Hero / Idol Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (olympique.ca, 11 Aug 2019)
Injuries She suffered a muscle tear on her calf three months before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She also suffered from back pain in the week leading up to the Games where she was unable to dive. (lapresse.ca, 13 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't." (Facebook page, 17 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours She was named 2019 Female Athlete of the Year by Diving Canada. (diving.ca, 31 Jan 2020)

She and diving partner Pamela Ware received Aquatics Canada's 2015 Diving Team of the Year Award. The pair were also named Diving Canada's 2013 Female Athletes of the Year. (aquaticscanada.ca, 2015; pamelaware.com, 2017)

She was named the 2011 Female Athlete of the Year by Aquatics Canada. (cbc.ca, 03 Nov 2011)
Milestones She became the first Canadian to win nine career medals in any sport at the aquatics world championships when she claimed silver in the women's 3m synchronised springboard event at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. She extended that record to 10 in Gwangju after also winning silver in the mixed 3m synchronised springboard event. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 May 2021; diving.ca, 20 Jul 2019)
Famous relatives Her partner David Lemieux is a former International Boxing Federation [IBF] middleweight boxing champion from Canada. (fina.org, 11 Jan 2021)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (olympicchannel.com, 26 Jun 2019)
Other information RECOVERING FROM RIO
She found it difficult to get over her disappointment at not winning a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "It actually took me a year to enjoy diving again. I remember in Budapest at the [2017] World Championships, I was a little bit like not in the right place mentally. I found it hard. I knew it was going to be hard after Rio. I knew obviously I had dark thoughts, 'I don't want to dive anymore. I'm not passionate anymore.' I was crying a lot also. But I knew that it was a phase. When I took the time to really appreciate what I did in the diving world and then think about myself, finding a way to get that fire back, this is where I started to see the bigger picture. The difference between me now and me before is, now I'm trying to create my own story, I want to be the diver that I want to be." (olympicchannel.com, 26 Jun 2019; cbc.ca, 05 May 2018)