Jenny Egan

European Canoe Sprint Bronze Medallist and Generation Next Select 2015.

Jenny established herself in the highly demanding and competitive sport of canoeing when she claimed Ireland’s first ever medal at the Senior European Canoe Sprint Championship with bronze in the K1 5,000 metres event. Her goal is to continue winning medals en route to qualifying for the Rio Olympics. #FollowMe

Jenny Egan – winning silver and gold!
July 13, 2016

Jenny Egan Irish Canoe Sprint Athlete and Nissan Generation Next Ambassador chats about having a busy few months competing with her main result highlights being new Irish National Record Times in the K1 500m and K1 200m, winning a Silver medal in the ICF World Cup 2 in Racice, Czech Republic, qualifying for an ‘A’ Final in the K1 500m and winning a Gold medal in the ICF World Cup 3 in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal. Check out Jenny’s last vlog as Nissan Generation Next Ambassador below.

Jenny Egan – racing in Nottingham
July 12, 2016

Jenny Egan Irish Canoe Sprint Athlete and Nissan Generation Next Ambassador chats about her first competition of the 2016 racing season in Nottingham, England along with being invited to Scoil Eoin Phóil in Leixlip, County Kildare to talk to the children about her experiences in sport during their Active Schools Week.

Jenny Egan – Intense training
April 19, 2016

Having achieved selection for Team Ireland Jenny Egan is now focused on her next race in Germany where she hopes to secure her place at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

It’s April and I am one step closer to competing at the Rio Olympic Games having achieved selection for the Irish team ahead of next month’s European Olympic Continental Qualifier in Duisburg, Germany.

Achieving the selection criteria was my first goal of the season and I am pretty happy to check that box and to get the first competition of the season under my belt. It’s good to blow off the cobwebs and to be competitive again after months of winter training.

Selection took place at the Nottingham regatta in the U.K., which is also a Team GB selection event. We always go to compete against the British team and the event is good for comparing results and gauging where we are at heading into bigger competitions.

I finished second in the K1 500 metres and third in the K1 200 metres. I was the first Irish woman in each. I didn’t have my best race in the K1 500 but I learned quite a lot from the weekend. I am happy enough with the race. With the first race of the year you are always getting back into the feel of racing. The main thing is that I achieved Irish selection and the race itself was a good rehearsal for Duisburg.

Duisburg is the big one and it all hangs on that. I am going to go into that one all guns blazing and my hope is that everything comes together as planned. It’s back to three weeks of hard training now before tapering down, flying out on May 14th and racing May 18th and 19th.

I will also compete in the Canoe Sprint World Cup 1 in Duisburg directly after the qualifying event. Then it is on to the Canoe Sprint World Cup 2 Race in the Czech Republic between 27th and 29th May.

I will completing this block of training at home in Salmon Leap in Leixlip which is nice, even if we’re missing the sunshine that we enjoyed during my recent seven week training camp at Indian Harbour Beach outside Orlando in Florida.

I was based there up to the end of March, training on the aptly named Banana River with international teams, including the Danish women’s team. There are some phenomenal girls on that team including world champions. It was a bit like boxing where you have a sparring partner. You push each other to make each other faster.

I was on the water each day at 8 a.m. for an hour and a half, followed by two hours in the gym and then another afternoon session on the water for an hour and a half. It was quality training and it laid the ground for Nottingham and for Duisburg.

My training now is based on peaking for Duisburg and being in the best shape possible to qualify for Rio. It’s great to be training at home with my two coaches, Jon Simmons, who is also my boyfriend and Peter Egan who is also my brother as well as with the junior boy’s team.

The junior boys are great for pushing me. They are a little faster than senior women so they make ideal training partners. Jon and Peter also put resisters on their boat to slow them down, so I’ve plenty of company when I’m training hard.

It’s been really cold training in recent days and the wind cuts through you, although the weather last weekend was beautiful. A nice reminder of training in Florida and hopefully it marked the beginning of a great summer ahead, both on and off the water.


Jenny Egan – Q&A
March 31, 2016

This February Jenny  joined us for a quick interview from sunny Florida!

Jenny Egan – Warmer Climates Ahead
February 23, 2016

Jenny braves the cold elements as a start to her outdoor training for 2016 – but has warmer climates on her mind!


Check out how her January went

Jenny Egan – Tis the Season for Awards!
January 21, 2016

Jenny’s December is a mixed bag of training and attending prestigious award ceremonies!

Jenny Egan – Finishing 2015 with awards and records!
December 10, 2015

Canoeist Jenny Egan rounded off a great season by placing fourth at the World Senior Canoe Marathon Championships in Hungary and by taking gold and setting a new course record with her boyfriend and coach Jonathan Simmons at the International Liffey Descent.

Photo Credit: Eamon Cummins.

Photo Credit: Carolyn Cooper.

Photo Credit: Eamon Cummins.

Photo Credit: Eamon Cummins.

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Jenny Egan – Busy Competing!
August 26, 2015

Jenny Egan, #NissanGenerationNext Ambassador chats about competing in the Senior Canoe Sprint World Championships in Milan, Italy and the Senior Canoe Sprint Irish National Championships in Lough Rynn, Co.Leitrim.

Canoeist Jenny Egan achieved the highest ever ranking by an Irish Senior Canoe Sprint athlete when she finished sixth in the K1 5,000m event at the Senior Canoe Sprint World Championships in Italy. Read on…

Jenny Egan #NissanGenerationNext Ambassador
July 31, 2015

Canoeist Jenny Egan achieved the highest ever ranking by an Irish Senior Canoe Sprint athlete when she finished sixth in the K1 5,000m event at the Senior Canoe Sprint World Championships in Italy.

I have been pretty busy over the past few months with one competition after the other and plenty of travel at home and abroad. Read on…