Jan Shearer

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Jan Shearer
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Born 17 July 1958

Janet "Jan" Lee Shearer (born 17 July 1958 in Dunedin, Otago) is a New Zealand yachtswoman who competed for New Zealand at three Olympic Games and won a silver medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Shearer teamed with Leslie Egnot in the Women's 470 Class and finished second behind the Spanish crew. Shearer and Egnot also finished second in the 1989 470 Class World Championships in Japan. She was also part of the New Zealand crew that won the 1990 World Women's Match Racing Championships in New York.

Jan Shearer and Fiona Galloway competed for New Zealand in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul in the 470W Class - this was the first time a women's yachting class was contested at the Olympic Games. They finished ninth. Shearer and Galloway also won the 100 year anniversary of 'Kiel Week' Germany in the 470W Class.

Shearer and Egnot competed again at 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta finishing 16th. Their competitiveness was hampered by an injury Egnot was carrying at the time.

Shearer later married fellow international yachtsman Murray Jones a five-time America's Cup winning sailor and designer and five-time New Zealand Olympian, and she commentated for TVNZ and TNZ VIP's for the 1995, 2000 and 2003 America's Cups and completed a MBS (Management) Honours in 2002 while working as an engineer.

She was educated at Otago Girls' High School[1] and is a life member of Yachting NZ and Takapuna Boating Club.


  1. ^ McMurran, Alistair (20 November 2009). "Otago Girls High School honours its Olympians". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 12 July 2013.