Jackie Kiddle started her rowing career through Wellington Girls’ College and Star Boating Club in 2008.
Although she was competitive throughout her schooling career, winning a Maadi Cup gold in the U18 girls’ double in 2012, it was as a lightweight that she found her calling. She competed as part of the U21 trans-Tasman team in 2012 and 2013 with great success. In 2014 Jackie was selected in the NZ U23 team and placed a close 4th in the lightweight single sculls in Varese. She teamed up with Zoe McBride in 2015 to win the U23 lightweight double sculls by a whopping six seconds in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In 2016 Jackie took on the same event, this time with Lucy Jonas, and they finished a close second to take home a silver medal. Jackie’s record as an elite boasts World Rowing Cup golds in the women’s lightweight single and double in 2017 and 2018, but her standout performance was taking silver at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida.
Jackie has completed a BSc in animal behaviour from the University of Waikato and is currently studying towards a MSc (Research) in ecology and biodiversity. Jackie also volunteers at the Cambridge Riding for the Disabled. She has a Dalmatian named Molly.