Your blog,' Inspireajen', which covered your attempts of each of the 38 Olympic disciplines that women compete in, was a brilliant insight into the world of Olympic sports from a perspective that is often overlooked- that of a newcomer. What did you learn from your experience?
I learnt that you don't have to be good at something to enjoy it, that as awkward as we might feel taking those first steps in sport, no one is looking at us and laughing - they're far too bothered about feeling awkward themselves - and that sport really does provide the only socially acceptable way to throw yourself face-first at a crash mat in adult life, something I feel we could all do with more of!
What was your favourite sport that you covered?
I loved boxing, it made me feel so empowered and seeing myself become stronger and punch harder has been something I'm really proud of. I've kept it up and six years later I'm still boxing!
What was the most challenging sport that you tried?
Water Polo. It made me physically do a sick in my mouth.
After your Olympics project, you cycled solo across America, from Harwich Massachusetts to Houston, Texas, what inspired you take on such a long and challenging journey?
Cycling is another sport I really got into over the course of the Olympics challenge and after I left the Civil Service I wanted a new project to focus on. The Olympics challenge and other things had made me realise how sidelined and overlooked women are in a lot of industries, and I also worry about the narrow representations of women the media shows young girls. So I planned to cycle across the US from Harwich Massachussetts - because I'm from Harwich in Essex - to Houston in Texas - the hometown of Beyonce Knowles - on my bike by the same name - Beyonce - interviewing women working in male-dominated areas in order to show some broader, more positive representations of women.
Who is an inspirational figure for you in the world of women's sports?
I love Nicola Adams, but also a woman I met during my Olympics challenge, Kate Allenby who won a medal for GB in the Modern Pentathlon at the Sydney Games. She believes that sport changes lives and she showed me enormous generosity purely because of that belief. She's a teacher now and it's really heartening to know that young girls are learning from the likes of her.
What can we do to increase support and coverage of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the FA Women's Super League and women in sports in general?
At an individual level - show there's a market for it. Broadcasters will show women's sport, brands will sponsor it if there's money to be made, so if you're interested watch it. As a society we need to broaden our view of women, we need to acknowledge that women don't fit in the narrow boxes assigned to them by the media - which is a reason I'm so proud of working for Standard Issue. On the editorial side, I'm really the only member of the team with any strong interest in sport, but it was universally agreed among us that it was important to give women's sports coverage in the name of gender equality.
You can hear Jenny talk more about women’s sports on the Standard Issue podcast, and find her on Twitter @inspireajen