Jennifer Saunders has competed for Canada on twenty-three occasions, winning eleven medals at the IRF World Championships (highlighted by her singles silver in 2012) and six medals at the Pan Am Championships. Saunders has won the Canadian Women’s Open Singles Championship title eight times in the last 13 years. She has also won the Canadian Women’s Open Doubles title in 11 of the last 13 years, most recently in 2015. Saunders’ combined nineteen titles gives her the record for the most Canadian Open titles by any male or female athlete in the history of Canadian racquetball. In total, she has won 29 medals in the Open Singles and Doubles events at the Canadian Championships including 19 gold, 9 silver and 1 bronze. Saunders represented Canada at the 2003 and 2011 Pan Am Games as well as the World Games in 2009 and 2013. In 2009, Saunders was selected as the Manitoba Female Athlete of the Year.
Family: Parents Edward and Ruth Saunders… Older sisters Carolyn Simpson and Dene Nicholson… Partner Dave Boyd… Getting into the Sport: Started playing racquetball at age 10… It was the first individual sport she tried; was drawn to the fast pace and aggressiveness; being able to play inside year-round in northern Canada was also an asset… Outside Interests: Enjoys playing golf and slo-pitch softball… Big fan of the Winnipeg Jets… Executive Director of Racquetball Manitoba… Earned Bachelor of Arts (major in Physical Activity and Sport Studies) at the University of Winnipeg in 1999… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Why not me?” Good luck charm is a horseshoe pendant she wears around her neck…. Nicknames: JTK (Jenny The Kid), Jenny Canada… Role model is Wayne Gretzky because he is The Great One…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
PAG: 2011 – Rd of 16 (singles), QF (team); 2003 – 5th (singles)
PAC: 2012 – BRONZE (doubles); 2010 – SILVER (singles); 2008 – BRONZE (singles); 2004 – GOLD (team), SILVER (doubles)
IRF WCh: 2014 – 6th (doubles); 2012 – BRONZE (team), SILVER (singles); 2010 – 5th (singles), SILVER (team); 2008 – BRONZE (singles), BRONZE (team); 2006 – BRONZE (singles), SILVER (team); 2004 – SILVER (team), BRONZE (doubles); 2002 – SILVER (team), SILVER (singles)