Nundah Native Jenna Forrester Sets Sights on Paris, Bypasses World Championships

Jenna Forrester

Jenna Forrester, the Nundah-raised swimming sensation, has withdrawn from next month’s World Championships in Doha, opting to focus her efforts on securing a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Born in South Africa and having moved to Brisbane at a young age, Jenna’s journey in the pool began by following her older sister’s footsteps. Her early dedication quickly paid off, marking the start of a glittering career.


At just 13, Jenna made waves at the 2017 Australian Age Championships, securing nine gold medals and earning a spot at the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis. This early success was a sign of things to come for the young medley swimmer. Two years later, she continued to impress by winning silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the World Junior Championships in Budapest.

In 2021, Jenna claimed her first Australian title in the 400-metre individual medley and repeated her triumph at the selection trials in Adelaide. However, despite her victories, her times fell short of the Tokyo selection standards. Undeterred, she continued to push her limits, reaching the finals of the 400-metre individual medley at both the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the World Championships in Budapest in 2022.

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The year 2023 was pivotal for Jenna. Competing at the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, she narrowly missed the podium, finishing fourth in the 200m individual medley with a personal best time of 2:08.98 and placing eighth in the 200m backstroke. Her performance at the Australian Championships on the Gold Coast further showcased her versatility, where she won bronze in the 400m medley, gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay, and silver in both the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay and the mixed 4x100m medley relay.

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Jenna’s relentless pursuit of excellence culminated in securing her place for the Paris Olympics by finishing second in the 400m individual medley at the Australian Olympic trials in Brisbane, clocking a qualifying time of 4:38.16. This achievement marks her as one of Australia’s most promising talents on the international stage.

However, as preparations for the World Championships in Doha advanced, Jenna’s name was conspicuously absent from the Australian lineup. Despite her impressive performances, including a lifetime best at the 2023 World Championships, the rising star from St. Peters Western seems to have shifted her focus entirely towards the Australian Olympic Trials.

As the trials loom, Jenna ranks third among Australian women in the 200m individual medley and fourth in the 200m backstroke. Her recent 4:40 performance in the 400m individual medley at the Queensland Championships in December indicates she is in prime form. Nevertheless, she faces stiff competition from established swimmers like McKeown, Ramsay, and Barclay.

The progression of Jenna Forrester from a young girl who followed her sister’s example to a serious Olympic contender highlights her commitment and fortitude. With the Australian Olympic Trials approaching, all eyes will be on this Nundah star as she strives to secure her place in Paris and continue her ascent in the world of swimming.

Published Date 25-June-2024