Jess Stretton

Jess Stretton

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    W1 at Rio

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Jess got involved in archery through a Wheelpower Junior Games camp she attended in 2012.

She made her international debut in 2015 and started 2016 on a high by setting a new world record and claiming silver at the Fazza International Para Championships in Dubai.

Aged 16, Jess made her Paralympic debut in stunning style, winning gold in the women’s individual compound (W1) at Rio 2016. On her way to the top of the podium, Jess had to defeat team-mate Vicky Jenkins in the semi-final before she went on to face fellow Brit Jo Frith in the gold medal match. Jess won with a score of 137-124, Frith took silver and Jenkins went on to win the bronze medal match.

The clean sweep on the podium was a first for both Team GB or ParalympicsGB since 1996, when it was achieved in Lawn Bowls.

Away from the Paralympic stage, Jess’ career highlights include individual silver at the 2016 European Para Archery in Saint Jean De Monts, France and individual gold and team gold at the 2017 World Championships in Beijing.

In 2019, she switched her division from W1 to the Compound Women’s Open category and went on to win an individual silver and women’s team silver at the 2019 World Championships in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

In addition to her sporting achievements, Jess is an avid reader.

Major Results

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

  • Women’s Individual Compound (W1): Gold

2019 World Para Archery Championships, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

  • Women’s Team Compound (Open): Silver
  • Women’s Individual Compound (Open): Silver

2017 World Para Archery Championships, Beijing, China

  • Women’s Individual Compound (W1): Gold
  • Mixed Team Compound (W1): Gold

2016 European Para Archery Championships, Saint Jean De Monts, France

  • Women’s Individual Compound (W1): Silver

2015 World Championships, Donauschingen, Germany

  • Women’s Individual Compound (W1): Bronze

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