At 23 years old, Jenna Martin is having a stellar career, and in June achieved new heights, as she became the 2011 Canadian National Champion in the 400-metre in Calgary. Jenna holds the 400m record from the University of Kentucky, where she received a full scholarship for the 5 years she attended, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in May. As past Canadian Junior Athlete of the Year, Jenna holds more than 50 Nova Scotia sprint records, a promising indication of what to expect from this young athlete. Jenna is a proud member of the Canadian National Track and Field team, competing in both the 400-metre and 4X400-metre relay.
Rebounding from injuries in 2010, Jenna is ecstatic to see her training and focus paying off. “I worked so hard off the track. I slimmed down, got stronger in the weight room, and so when I was finally cleared to run, I was in pretty good shape. This most recent accomplishment is the most meaningful by far,” said Martin.
This summer Martin is competing in the FISU World University Games in Shenzhen, China in August, and the World Championships in Daegu, Korea. Jenna’s long-term goals include representing Canada at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games and in Rio in 2016.
When not at the track, Jenna enjoys working with people who want to be fit and healthy. She’s planning to work with younger kids to help them develop in track and field. “They are our future, so helping prepare and build the foundation for them will hopefully continue to build the talent and interest in this great sport in our province and nation,” says Jenna. Interests outside of the track include going to church, spending time with family and friends, and going to movies.