Inline skating champion Jenna Downing is none other than the 2008 LG Action Sports World Champion, 10 x British Champion and is a X-Games silver medallist (2002). All by the age of 21! A natural competitor, Jenna has competed in rollerblading events since the tender age of 8 and has amassed a lifetime of awards competing across the globe in televised and major international events. After turning professional at the age 12 (making Jenna the youngest female skater in the world to ever turn pro) there was no stopping her and Jenna has gone on to become an institution in British rollerblading. Her Sporting Ambassador award (2004) and her UK Freesports Athlete of the year award (2005) are testament to her fantastic ability and commitment to her chosen sport. Jenna was also one of four young people in the country nominated for the Nickelodeon Inspirational Young Person Award in 2012 and was winner of the UKRA Legacy Award 2012.
Life and Education
Jenna is an excellent role model for young women. Through her coaching clinics and, indeed, her amazing success she demonstrates that hard work and commitment can allow you to achieve, both personally and professionally. In the last 10 years Jenna has travelled to many countries across Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the USA to compete and represent the UK. She has also appeared in numerous TV programmes and commercials, computer games, in fashion magazines and the national press, which has allowed her to broaden her experiences and potential career options. Jenna has combined her sporting success with her studies at school where she achieved 10 GCSEs (including 7 As and A*s) 4 A-Levels (3 As and 1 B) and graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with a degree in Law.
Having been brought up by a single parent mother, Jenna has had to work incredibly hard to get to where she is today. Therefore Jenna’s focus now is on ‘giving back’ to young people and inspiring others to achieve their potential in life, and she does this by using her experiences, including the highs and lows she has gone through in life, to hopefully inspire and influence the lives of others.
“Sport has impacted on my life massively and I know that without sport I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. I’ve been lucky enough to make amazing friends and receive some fantastic opportunities. Sport has given me the motivation, drive and courage to push myself and be the best person that I can be.”
Jenna acts as a National Athlete Mentor on the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme, Athlete Mentor for the Youth Sport Trust and the DKH Legacy Trust, Special Speaker on the 21st Century Legacy ‘Be The Best You Can Be Programme’ and is a ‘Sporting Champion’ for the Sport England initiative ‘Sporting Champions.’
2012 Nickelodeon Inspiration Award Nominee
2012 UK Legacy Award
2005 UK Freesport Athlete of the Year
2004 Sports Ambassador UK
Sky Sports ‘Game Changers’
Nickelodeon Fruit Shoot Skills Awards
Kellogg’s Frosties commercial
CITV’s Ministry of Mayhem (stunt double for Holly Willougby)
CITV’s ‘Skillz’ (presenter and expert coach)
Ministry of Sound music video – Peter Gelderblom, ‘Waiting 4’
Nationwide bank advert
The Gadget Show
Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Heartbeat (background artist)
Character in Playstation 2 and X-Box video game ‘Rolling’
Pearson educational textbooks (front cover)
Sugar, teenage magazine
Bliss, teenage magazine
ElleGirl, teenage magazine