Local connection to Olympic games in Tokyo

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Dr. Jenn Turner of New Westminster, B.C., is the daughter of Keith and Marie Turner, who farmed near Maxwell, north east of Dundalk.

She attended Osprey Central and Grey Highlands Secondary School in Flesherton and worked at the Dundalk pool in the 1990s.

Jenn, a certified chiropractic sport specialist, was with the Canadian cycling team at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She was on the support team for BMX bike athletes, and works year-round with the team.

She and her husband Kevin Lunnie (also a chiropractor) have two children, aged five and seven. Jenn owns the Movéo Sport & Rehabilitation Centre, in North Vancouver and one in Langley, which offers not only chiropractic care, but also physio, massage, acupuncture and naturopathy.

Jenn has a background as a competitive athlete herself. At university, she was involved in swimming and cross-country running.

She discovered her passion for the triathlon, which she started competing in at the age of 18. Her high point was being gold medalist at the Worlds for Long Course Triathlon in 2005 in Denmark.

Jenn has been part of the support team at many international competitions – her first time at the Olympics were in London 2012, with track cycling (velodrome), where some athletes she worked with won a bronze medal.

She was in Rio in 2016 but with BMX – also her role in Tokyo. She also worked at the Pan Am games in Toronto.

She has been working as a sports chiropractor with the Cycling Canada national team since 2008, starting with track and road, and now most with BMX racing, for which the program is just outside Vancouver.

Her goal is to manage the cyclists’ injuries while getting them back to training. Her father, Keith, reports that while the Olympics were a great experience, she noticed a big change from the lack of interaction among athletes, and a lack of opportunity to take in the host city, due to COVID precautions.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald

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