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Jen Walinga to be inducted to two halls of fame

Jen Walinga

Tears fill Jennifer Walinga’s eyes as she holds her gift of a gold medal. Moments earlier standing at the Esquimalt Lagoon, Walinga beamed with excitement recapping her life as a rower for Team Canada.“For two years we were indomitable, it was a stronger-than-the-sum-of-parts type of thing. It was magical,” said the director of the School of Communications and Culture at Royal Roads University.  “As individuals we weren’t that strong, but together as a combination we were unstoppable.”Walinga and teammates Kirsten Barnes, Brenda Taylor and Jessica Monroe-Gonin met in 1988 and formed the team in 1990.Walinga held the stroke position in both the fours and eights coxless teams.“I sat at the stern and set the pace and the rhythm for the team,” she explained.In 1991 Walinga’s teams won both events at the World Rowing Championships in Vienna where they set a world record unbroken for the next 20 years.“I can’t remember the time, but it was bloody fast,” she said with a laugh.Read the full story.