Student Horizons is absolutely delighted that Jenny Bindon, an inspirational, two-time olympian officially joins us in an Ambassadorial role.
Jenny embodies Student Horizons philosophy for students participating in our Worldwide Tours:
Challenge - Discover - Achieve.
Jenny made her debut as goalkeeper for the Football Ferns in 2004, just before her 31st birthday. She has been a regular between the sticks ever since, playing 69 A-internationals, a record for a New Zealand goalkeeper, male or female.
She has seen a lot in that time. The Ferns have gone from being also-rans who hardly played a match, to a genuinely competitive team on the world stage.
"I think dreams become a reality when you work really hard," she says. "People might say we're lucky, but things haven't always gone our way, we've had some heartbreak at the Olympics and the World Cup, but we're getting there."
Bindon is one of the few who continues to play her football in New Zealand, for her Auckland club side Hibiscus Coast. Circumstances mean she has never contemplated anything else – Jenny and her husband , Grant have a son, Tyler, and she is at a different stage in life to many of her team-mates.
"I've had my offers to go pro, but I wouldn't change anything," she says. "The girls keep me young. I'm 39 and sometimes my roommate is 18, but you wouldn't know the difference. We're like a family."
Jenny was the oldest competitor in 2012 London Olympic women's football tournament. After her last match in London, she did not rule out competing for the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup in Canada, “I’ve been asked that question many times because of my age. But there’s no reason for me to stop as long as this smile stays on my face and my body keeps holding out.”
Fantastic to have you on board Jenny. You are an inspiration to all those girls out there dreaming of becoming an Olympian one day!