Jennifer Stender combined an extremely impressive career as an athlete and a coach/organizer during her years within track and field. As a competitive athlete from 12 to 18 years of age she stood out as a tremendous sprinter, and for seven years she made valuable contributions in the founding and coaching aspects of the sport.
As an athlete, she had a record in the 100, 220 and 400 meter races during a seven year period. Her ability was such that she represented Newfoundland and Labrador in two Canada Games, 1981 and 1985 and in five national Legion championships. She performed extremely well in numerous Atlantic championships and in many mainland meets.
In 1984, at the junior national championships, she established a 400 meter record with a time of 56.69 seconds and it stood for more than 20 years. At the Canada Games in 1981 her 26.46 seconds was a record for the 200 meter. Her achievements continued at various AUAA and CIAU high level competitions.
Despite her busy schedule as a medical doctor, she founded the Mary Queen of Peace Track Club seven years ago and coaches club members on a regular basis. Six years ago she founded and coached the St. Paul’s Track Club and continues to provide exceptional leadership for both organizations.
She has obtained her level III as a sprints/hurdles/relay coach and has performed in this capacity at the 1993 and 2009 Canada Games, again providing exceptional leadership and important advice to young athletes.
As a role model she has provided exceptional example of an individual willing to put something back into the sport from which she received great personal satisfaction for her accomplishments.
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