Jennifer Joyce

Strength and Conditioning Coach in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Jennifer Joyce is a Strength & Conditioning Coach with Rugby Canada’s womens sevens national team program in Victoria, British Columbia.

As a certified S&C Coach (NSCA RSCC*D), Jenn also holds training and certifications in coaching olympic weightlifting, sprints/hurdles, gymnastics and trampoline. She has a passion for bridging the gap between paramedical and performance and has augmented her traditional professional development with courses in movement assessment/screening and integrative training processes such as Neurokinetic Therapy, Reconditioning, AIS Stretch Therapy, FMS Level 2.

Jenn is experienced with athletes at the professional, collegiate, club, youth and masters levels across many sports such as Volleyball, Cycling, Baseball, Dragon Boat and Synchronized Swimming, including 2011 MTB XC world champion Catharine Pendrel and Iranian Record Holder Amin Nikfar (Shot Put).

Jenn spent 8 years at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, and ran the Canadian Sport School program, as well as the S&C for Golf Canada’s junior national girls team.

She also coached Track & Field (throws) at her alma mater Cal Berkeley (2002-2007) and in her 5-year tenure as men's & women's throws coach, guided 4 athletes to All-American honours, as well as an NCAA Champion in the women's Discus (Kelechi Anyanwu).

As an athlete, Jenn was a 5-time Canadian national champion and national record holder in the women’s hammer throw (2002-2007). She won a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and competed at the 2005 & 2009 IAAF World Championships. Jenn was the second woman in Canada to break the 70m barrier in the hammer throw, and retired in 2012 with lifetime bests of 70.35m/230-9 (Hammer) and 54.33m/178-2 (Discus). In 2017, Jenn was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in her hometown of Richmond, BC.

In 2019, Jenn completed a Masters in High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership at the University of British Columbia, and wrote her thesis on "the effects of time and biological sex on performance in elite adolescent athletes".

Passionate about athlete advocacy in high performance sport, Jenn has served on many boards and advisory councils including: IAAF Athlete Commission; Athletics Canada athlete rep, board of directors and athlete council co-chair; Commonwealth Games Canada athlete council, and the board of directors for Athletes CAN and BC Athlete Voice.

Jenn is trained in Mental Health First Aid and re-certifies annually in Safe Sport.

  • Work
    • Canadian Sport Institute
  • Education
    • University of British Columbia
    • University of California, Berkeley