Jennifer Couture (formerly Jennifer Payne) was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. Her love of track and field started in Grade 3, as a recreational high jumper, and she went on to pursue this event and many others over her lengthy track and field career. Jennifer competed as a varsity track and field athlete at The University of Wester Ontario and Dalhousie University, where she earned a B.Sc. (honours Kinesiology) and M.Sc. (Honours Kinesiology). Jennifer competed in the events high jump, pole vault and indoor pentathlon, which included 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m. Jennifer competed at the Canadian University Championships in all four of her competitive years, with her best performance securing a bronze medal place in the high jump in her last competitive season in 2006. In 2006, Jennifer also competed at the Olympic trials for HJ and PV. Following her competitive career, Jennifer became a multi-event coach at Dalhousie University. After graduating from Dalhousie, Jennifer took a full time position at York University as an assistant track and field coach for the varsity team, and the head coach and manager of the York University Track and Field Club. Jennifer returned to Kingston in 2009 to pursue an Education degree and started as a vertical jumps coach for Queen's University. Jennifer now works in cancer research for Queen's University (NCIC Clinical Trials Group) and is a volunteer vertical jumps coach in the community. Jennifer will be working with all jumpers in the KTFC.