Meet The Team - Joanne Jackson
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British Gas ITC
2008: 400m Free Bronze, 200m Free 14th
2004: 400m Free 21st
400m Freestyle on 29 July
4 x 200m Freestyle on 1 August
Did you know?
- Jo admits she was heavily influenced by the success of sister Nicola who swam at the 2000 Olympic Games and won a medal at the 2001 World Championships.
- She is a Manchester United fan and counts David Beckham among her sporting idols along with Sir Steve Redgrave and Lance Armstrong.
- Her boyfriend is fellow British Gas ITC Loughborough swimmer Grant Turner and the pair have a French bulldog called Reggie.
After making her Olympic debut as a 17-year old at the 2004 Games in Athens, Jo quickly established herself as a major force in international swimming, winning European and Commonwealth silver medals for the 400m Freestyle in 2006. She continued her progression to the biggest stage in 2008, scooping 400m bronze at the Beijing Olympics. A year later, Jo's lightning-fast form rolled on as she set a 400m Freestyle world record at the British Championships in March before clinching 400m and 800m Freestyle silvers at the 2009 World Championships in Rome. On-going problems with asthma interrupted her progress throughout 2010 and 2011 although she was still able to make the major championship teams in both years. Training under Ben Titley at the British Gas ITC Loughborough, Jo's performance at this year's Olympic Trials suggests she's closer than ever to her form of 2008 and 2009 as she set her fastest time in a textile suit to qualify for London 2012 in the 400m Freestyle.