Name: Jacqui Kapinowski
Sport: Rowing
Classification: Women’s Arms and Shoulders Singles Sculls
Height: 5-8
Weight: 142
DOB: 11/28/1962
Birthplace: Belleville, N.J.
Hometown: Tequesta, Fla.
High School: Point Pleasant High School (Point Pleasant Boro, N.J.) ‘81
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2010, 2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 7th (ASW1x)
  • Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympic Games, 4th (wheelchair curling)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – 8th (ASW1x)
  • Years of participation: 2011, 2015
  • Top Finish: 8th, 2015 (ASW1x)
Personal: Kapinowski tried rowing for the first time at the Endeavor Games in Oklahoma and after the Winter Paralympic Games, she contacted Navesink Rowing Club. Before races she always wears the same visor and always braids her hair for marathons. She has received the Senate & General Assembly Legislative Resolution of Proclamation, a Key to the City and a Letter of Proclamation from the Mayor of Point Pleasant, N.J. She had Bacterial Meningitis at the ages of 23 and 28, and started to have seizures at the age of 35....Daughter of James and Catherine Woods…Married to Harry Kapinowski…Has one sister, Roseann and one brother, Jimmy…Has one son, Bill…Her hobbies include handcycling, wheelchair racing, swimming and triathlons…Has competed in 80 marathons--19 of them she ran before becoming disabled…Her most memorable sporting achievements have been earning spot on the USA Curling Team, rowing team and triathlon team…Competed in first ironman in November of 2014 after being diagnosed with cancer in 2013…Credits husband Harry and her son Bill as the most influential people in her life …Lists her parents as her heroes for teaching her so many life values and teaching her to enjoy life.