Birthdate: September 18, 2001
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Canoe Club: Cascade
Sport: Women’s canoe
Coach: Jan Kruk / Adam Mayo / Fred Loyer
16 year old Sophia Jensen joined the Canoe Sprint National Team in October 2017. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Sophia has been a member of the Cascade Club (Québec) for only 4 years.
Sophia tried canoeing when she first moved to Chelsea, Quebec. She had never heard of sprint canoe and decided to sign up for an 8 week program. She was also signed up for soccer, skiing, volleyball, and field hockey at the same time, but Canoe Kayak was by far her favourite sport she tried.
She won two silver medals at the 2017 Junior Worlds (C1 500m and C1 200m) and also won gold(C1 1000m) and bronze(C1 5000m) at the 2017 Canada Games. Sophia also won 3 gold medals at the 2017 Pan American Championships in Ibarra, Ecuador.
She hopes to qualify for the Junior World Championships in 2018 and is excited that women’s canoe has been added to the Olympic program!
Describe the sport in one word: Exhilarating
Quote: “it doesn’t matter how good your technique or how fast you are, all that matters is how badly you want to win”
Role model: Laurence-Vincent Lapointe
Favourite training: Sprint work and cross coutry skiing
Pre-race meal: Whatever the hotel has to offer
Post-race meal: Ice cream
Off-season interest(s): Art
Other sport(s): Volleyball, and cross country skiing
Favourite word: Flabbergasted
TV show: The office
Movie: Star wars (all of them)
Book: Lord of the rings