Biography:

Jennifer Martins first tried out for the U23 national team in 2011. At the same time, she was in her third year with the varsity team at Western University and was starting her first year of dental school. But her efforts were successful and she went on to win gold as a member of the eight at the 2011 U23 World Championships. She moved up to the senior national team in 2013, winning bronze with the eight at the world championships. In 2014, she competed in both the four and the pair. In 2015 she added a second world championship bronze with the eight but also finished sixth in the pair with Cristy Nurse which qualified the Canadian boat for Rio 2016. In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 Martins competed in the pair with Nicole Hare.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Joe Martins and Delphine Galbraith… Younger sister Kelly… Getting into the Sport: Started rowing in 2007 when a friend suggested she try out for the novice program in her first month at the University of Western Ontario… Had never heard of the sport before when she was a competitive swimmer and volleyball player… Made Western’s varsity team the following fall… Outside Interests: Doctorate of dental surgery at Western University…