Q & A

  1. When did you first start training in life? Where and why?

    I started swimming at 8 or 9, and triathlon at 15. My Dad was in the RAF, so it was the pool at St Athan.

  2. One sport wasn’t enough? What got your into the multi-sport arena?

    I was getting a bit bored with swimming and was offered the chance to do a triathlon by Chris Goulden (of Welsh Triathlon) and I loved it!

  3. When did you turn pro?

    I trained full time from 18 and from 22 I started earning some money.

  4. What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?

    Other than Vancouver in 2008 and Hyde park last year, Salford in 2005 was my first World Cup podium so holds great memories and so does the noise at the run turn round with everyone banging the sponsors boards. And I think Queenstown Worlds in 2003 gave me great belief – I was 5th but it was a top class junior field.

  5. What is your best discipline and why?

    I’m very even across all three!

  6. If you had a discipline that needed work, which would it be and why?

    My technical skills on the bike, cornering and descending.

  7. Your favorite distance?


  8. Your favorite distance?

    1500/40/10 (Olympic Distance)

  9. If there is one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?

    My running style. It may not be the prettiest but it’s effective!

  10. Who was your inspiration growing up?

    Within your sport: Leanda Cave and Anneliese Heard
    Outside your sport: Paula Radciffe

  11. What has driven you to work super hard and rise up beyond mediocrity?

    The desire to get the best out of myself

  12. Are you a rebel? Why or why not?

    No ! Under the radar for me.

  13. What is your favorite course?


  14. What is the venue that you purely dread and why?

    Mooloolaba – never raced well there probably because it’s usually the first race of the year

  15. Finish this sentence: “Oakley is ________”


  16. If you weren’t killing it in the tri scene, what would you be doing for a living?

    I'd be a nurse.

  17. What is a hidden talent you have other than your sport?

    Why do you think I’m doing triathlon?!

  18. What is the best song to practice to?

    Marc and I turbo to ACDC a lot.

  19. People would be super surprised if they knew that you…

    are into Star Trek.

  20. Perfect date…

    Anything with my husband Marc.

  21. Your Favorite:

    Food: Mexican
    Vacation Spot: Vegas
    Airline: British Airways
    Candy: Percy Pig
    Holiday: Honeymoon
    Music Genre: Anything
    Movie: Ironman
    Animal: Dog (Brown lab)

  22. One word association...

    Swim: blue
    Bike: Pain
    Run: Freedom
    Fun: Barney
    Victory: Winningl
    Defeat: Motivation
    Friend: Starbucks
    Foe: Rain

  23. Any last words??

    can I go now?

Helen Jenkins


"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." Steve Prefontaine

Date of Birth:
August 3, 1984
Bridgend, South Wales
GE Capital, Jones Lang LaSalle, Triple Dry, British Ariways, Warburtons, ASICS, Giant, Mars Refuel, Suunto, Speedo Wetsuits
Walking Barney, too tired for anything else!

Career Highlights

    • 2008, 2011 - World Triathlon Champion
    • 2011 - 1st Clermont Pan American Cup
    • 2011 - 1st Team Triathlon World Championships
    • 2011 - 2nd ITU WCS Grand Final (Beijing)
    • 2012 - 1st San Diego ITU WTS

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