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Jeanette Chippington OBE

Jeanette Chippington OBE

Paracanoe - Podium

Jeanette Chippington is one of the world's most successful paddlers ever, with 29 medals to her name since making her paracanoe debut in at Poznan World Championships.

Jeanette joined the paracanoe team as an already outstanding athlete having already competed as a swimmer at five consecutive Paralympic Games; Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, winning a total of 12 medals. Atlanta was her most successful games where she won 2 Golds, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals and broke two World Records.

Jeanette carried that medal record on top the water too, becoming Paralympic Champion in the women's KL1 at paracanoe's debut at Rio 2016, before going on to win bronze in the women's VL2 at Tokyo 2020, on the event's Paralympic debut.

Chippington's fantastic achievement at the Paralympics saw her awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to canoeing. The Maidenhead paddler backed that up the Paralympic title in 2017, achieving the paracanoe 'Grand Slam' holding the Paralympic, European and World titles within the calendar year in the KL1 200m event.

Since her 'Grand Slam', Chippington has remained at the top of the sport, winning a further nine medals on the international in 2018 and 2019, and also secured the women's KL1 boat quota place for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. She has won a total of six European titles and an incredible seven European Championship medals throughout her career in paracanoe.

Jeanette has always been a significant force at international level in the women’s KL1 and VL2. She has won a world title on five occasions. She is also a triple European Champion, winning in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Previously she has won gold at the World and European Championships in the Women’s V1A 200m.

Jeanette first learnt to swim as part of physiotherapy after contracting a virus and only go into canoeing through a friend who nagged her until she gave it a try. She has loved the sport ever since.


Date of Birth: 1970
Born: Taplow, Buckinghamshire
Hometown: Maidenhead, Berkshire
Lives: Maidenhead, Berkshire
Occupation: Swimming Teacher / Coach
Height / Weight: 1.62m / 52kg
Hobbies: Swimming, Travelling and reading


Class: Paracanoe - Women’s K1 200m KL1 & V1 200m VL1
Paralympics: Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
Disability: Transverse Mylitis
Paddling since: 2011
Club: Longridge Canoe Club
Coach: Matt Lawrence
Boat Manufacturer: Tevanui / Plastex
Paddles Manufacturer: Jantex Rio
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2021 Tokyo:
VL2 200m - 3rd
KL1 100m - Semi-finals
2019 Szeged:
KL1 200m - 6th
VL2 200m - 2nd
KL1 200m - 3rd
WC1 Poznan:
VL2 200m - 3rd
KL1 200m - 4th
2018 Montemor-o-Velho:
VL2 200m - 2nd
KL1 200m - 3rd
KL1 200m - 1st
VL2 200m- 2nd
WC1 Szeged:
VL2 200m- 2nd
KL1 200m- 3rd
2017 Racice:
KL1 200m - 1st
KL1 200 - 1st
2016 Rio:
KL1 200m-1st
KL1 200m - 2nd
KL1 200m - 1st
2015 Milan:
KL1 200m – 1st
KL1 200m – 1st
2014 Moscow:
K1 200m A – 1st,
V1 200m A – 1st
K1 200m A – 1st
V1 200m A – 1st
2013 Duisburg:
K1 200m A – 1st, V1 200m A – 1st, V1 200m TA – 1st
V1 200m LTA – 1st
2012 Poznan:
K1 200m A – 1st, K1 200m TA – 1st, V1 200m LTA – 1st