Jackie Gowler began rowing in 2010 at Nga Tawa Diocesan School and Aramaho Wanganui Rowing Club.
After winning the U18 girls’ double at Aon Maadi Cup, she was selected in her first New Zealand team in 2014 as part of the junior women’s coxless four. The crew placed 8th at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany. That year Jackie was also selected to attend the Youth Olympic Games regatta in Nanjing, China, where she finished 9th in the women’s pair. She wasted no time in moving up the New Zealand rowing pathway, and after a summer with Central Rowing Performance Centre she was selected in the 2015 U23 women’s four that placed 5th at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
The following year Jackie again represented New Zealand at U23 level, her women’s eight crew finishing 4th in a nail-biting race just 0.31s from the medals at the 2016 World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Jackie was selected in the reserve women’s pair for the 2017 elite team, and in 2018 was a member of the elite women’s eight that won silver and gold at World Rowing Cups II and III respectively. The crew finished 7th at the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria. In 2019 Jackie moved into the stroke seat of the women’s eight. This brought great rewards, with a gold a World Rowing Cup III and a win at the Henley Royal regatta. The lessons learnt in 2018 shone through with a historic, first-ever win for the New Zealand women’s eight at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Austria.
Following this success Jackie then went on to make her Olympic debut at the Tokyo Olympics and came away with a silver medal as part of the women's eight.
Off the water Jackie is working towards a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato.