Jenna Lambert

Jenna Lambert reached her primary goal for 2011 by gaining a spot on the Canadian team for the Parapan American Games. Only 20, Lambert will be one of the veterans on a young squad. She qualified in the S6 100 breaststroke and plans to race in three or four other events as well.

In 2006, Lambert made national headlines when she became the first swimmer with a disability to swim across Lake Ontario. Only 15 at the time, she started her trek in Baird Point, N.Y., and overcame strong winds and waves to reach Kingston, Ont., her hometown, in 32 hours and 18 minutes. Lambert has cerebral palsy and does not have use of her legs.

She hasn’t been as involved as much in open water swims recently, but still trains on Lake Ontario and plans to tackle a major distance event in the future. In 2009, she competed in an ultra triathlon that took more than 50 hours to complete as she became first person with a disability to complete the event. The race started in Kingston with a 30-kilometre swim followed by a 230-kilometre cycling ride and a 10-kilometre wheelchair race, which ended at the downtown YMCA in Ottawa.

Her main swimming focus in 2010-11, however, was in the pool. She completed her first year in communications and psychology at WilfridLaurier University in Waterloo, Ont., and raced for the school’s varsity team. She’ll now turn her attention to gaining a spot on the London 2012 Paralympic team and continue her studies through correspondence courses at WilfridLaurier.


Games Sport Event Result
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Swimming 100m Breaststroke - Women 8
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 10
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 9
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 8