Jessica Groeneveld

Birth Date
December 19, 1988
Years Practicing
Innisfail, AB
Training Group/Club
Cottonwood Kayak Club
Fast and Female
Whitewater Slalom Kayaker

Notable Events

Pan Am Champion

Early Memory

I remember going to paddling camps with my dad. We did a lot of camping and learning to paddle together in the early days. One thanksgiving we spent paddling and camping on the Thompson river in BC. For thanksgiving dinner we had burnt chilli. I don't know why but that early memory always makes me smile.

On Your Playlist

I love listening to others playlists on songza or spotify. It gives me a chance to listen to something new.

Current/Best Read

I love the classics. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen will always be a fave. Right now im reading 20 years after by Alexandre Dumas.

Words To Live By

"Today you are you and thats truer than true, there is no one alive that is youer than you" Dr. Seuss


My Name is Jessica Groeneveld from Innisfail, Alberta. I am a whitewater slalom kayaker. I started paddling in 2000 with the Cottonwood Kayak club in my hometown of Innisfail, AB. I was instantly hooked on the sport, and worked my way up the National rankings until I made the National team in 2008. Whitewater slalom kayaking is so multifaceted that there is always skills to work on weather they are physical, technical, tactical, or mental. The never ending learning opportunities keep me on my toes. My dream is to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janerio. In addition to athletics I am pursuing some academics. My Undergraduate degree is in Kinesiology, and I plan to go on to do some post graduate studies as well. When Im not paddling or studying I like to ski (nordic, alpine and touring), cycle, cook, and spend time with family.