Canadian Museum of History presents

An Evening With Jennifer Abel

During this special evening, Olympian Jennifer Abel — who is also Canada’s most decorated athlete in world aquatics — discusses her experiences as a mixed-race woman reaching the podium, as well as life after sports.

What is it like to balance on tiptoe high above a pool, knowing you must master airtime and rotations to enter the water perfectly? Jennifer Abel can tell you. The recently retired diver has competed at four Olympics, and has won multiple medals at World Championships and the FINA Diving World Series.

During this virtual webcast, viewers will hear directly from Jennifer on her path to the podium — from early dives at age 5, to her insights about representing Canada at the highest level. Moderated by friend and sports agent Dominique Ladouceur, the evening will explore Jennifer’s influences and experiences, as she shares her thoughts on being a mixed-race female role model.

Jennifer Abel

Jennifer Abel
Plongeon Diving Canada

A Little More About Jennifer
Getting into the Sport: Started diving at age 5, following her brother… Had been a synchronized swimmer but asked her mother to sign her up for diving… Participated in her first regional competition when she was 6 and says she was an extremely sore loser, making it clear she had competitive spirit…

Outside Interests: Wants to work in communications; interested in planning and organizing events… Shopping relaxes her… Loves the summer festivals in Montreal and attending film premieres or performances… Enjoys cooking, especially BBQ in summer, and trying new restaurants…

Odds and Ends: Inspired by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt for his desire to surpass himself even though he is already the best… Favourite mottos: “Let go on negativity, focus on the good” / “Be happy, the rest will follow”…

This event is part of the “An Evening With” Series, which is designed to encourage open dialogue at the Museum. The series welcomes experts and well-known personalities in the fields of history, politics, the media, sports, and the arts to explore important issues within a conversational format.

This event is presented in French with simultaneous English interpretation.

Thursday, February 10, 2022
7:00 to 8:30 pm EST

Free event. Pre-registration required.