Paralympic Gold for Maidenhead Swimming Instructor

Jeanette Chippington, an Aquazone instructor at Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead, has made history by winning gold in the first ever canoeing event at the Paralympic Games.

Competing in the KL1 category, Jeanette switched to canoeing after competing as a swimmer in five previous Paralympics, last winning gold in Atlanta 20 years ago.

Jeanette, 46, crossed the line at the end of the 200m course in Rio ahead of world champion Edina Muller from Germany.

“I adore kayaking and this is the ultimate title. I’ve worked so hard and to be the first to win is amazing,” she said.

Jeanette has now won 13 Paralympic medals, having won 12 swimming medals between 1988 and 2004.

Mark Camp-Overy, general manager for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead contract, said the team at Magnet was incredibly proud of her achievement.

He added: “Jeanette is truly inspirational and a much-valued member of the team. We know how hard she’s worked – she deserved to succeed and for her to have the honour of winning the first Paralympic gold in her sport is absolutely fantastic.”