Jackie Kiddle started her rowing career at Wellington Girls’ College and Star Boating Club in 2008.
Although she was competitive throughout her school career, winning an Aon 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 New Zealand U23 team and placed a close 4th in the lightweight single sculls in Varese. She then 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. Jackie’s record as an elite includes 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 showed her intentions early in 2019, winning the lightweight premier single sculls at the Rocket Foods New Zealand Rowing Championships for the first time and securing her maiden lightweight national title. At World Rowing Cup II Jackie teamed up with Zoe McBride in the lightweight double sculls and went through the regatta undefeated. Zoe continued their golden run right through World Rowing Cup III and capped off an incredible year with a World Rowing Championship gold and a new World Rowing Championships best time.
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. She volunteers at Cambridge Riding for the Disabled and has a dalmatian named Molly.