Ones to Watch - Jess Learmonth
With a Commonwealth Silver secured in 2018, Jess is firmly on the track to Tokyo
Strength, endurance and passion are all things every athlete needs, and Jess
Learmonth has these in spades.
Jess is a triathlete who will happily tell you she’s “Made in Yorkshire”.
She won a silver medal in the mixed relay and individual races at the
2018 Commonwealth Games and most recently at the 2019 Grand Final
Bursting onto the scene in 2015, Jess quickly adapted to competing with the
world’s best. She won her first European Cup event in 2016 before winning
her first ETU European title in 2017. Jess’ first taste of a mixed sport event
was the Commonwealth Games where she picked up a silver medal.
Triathlon events include running, cycling and swimming stages. It’s in
the water that Jess excels. She is a former member of the City of Leeds
Swimming Club, competing on a national level. It’s this experience that
helped her in triathlon.
She is now considered part of the new era of British triathletes alongside
Non Stanford, Vicky Holland and Jodie Stimpson.
It was a friend’s unfortunate accident that Jess uses as a source of inspiration. Her friend had a motorbike accident and her strength and recovery is the inspiration Jess uses mid-race to power through.