Jody Barber


Jody was born in Winnipeg in 1964, and started Nordic skiing recreationally with her children a little over 10 years ago. She found it was a great way to stay in shape for her summer sports interests and something the whole family could enjoy together.

She has been a sports addict for many years, and has competed in distance running and triathlon (all distances). In 2005, she finished as the age-group national champion at the Long Course National Triathlon Championships (half Ironman distance). On November 14, 2006, five days before the World Long Course Triathlon Championships, she was injured in a cycling accident when a car drove over her right arm.


In 2007 she began Nordic skiing again, with one pole.  She wanted to race and set a goal of participating in local races and the BC Cup races in 2008. Jody enjoys a challenge competed in her first race at the end of December, where she placed last. It was an inspiring experience and encouraged her to pursue racing further.


Jody encourages all athletes, disabled and able-bodied, to disregard the limitations other people set for them and pursue a full, active lifestyle. She was told she would never swim or bike again, but she does both and teaches aquatic fitness at the local pool.


Jody is a teacher, a mother of five, and a strong supporter of community sports. She sits on the Board of Directors for the local pool facility in Smithers and has served as the Race Director for the local triathlon. Jody is inspired by all who strive to be the best they can be.

Favourite quote - 'Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.'  


Games Sport Event Result
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Biathlon 3km Pursuit Standing - Womens 10
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 3 x 2.5km Relay - Women 4