Helen Jenkins was born in Elgin, Scotland then settled in South Wales before starting school. She competed in swimming and running, representing Wales for cross country.
Her first triatthlon experience came at the age of 15 when she was selected by Welsh Triathlon
to compete in a Celtic cup in Ireland.
"Luckily I was one of the fastest, I completed our 'trial' on a borrowed bike and my legs felt like jelly when I was running, but I loved it!"
Helen won her first triathlon in Ireland, before progressing steadily over the next few years taking part in Junior World Champs in 2002 and 2003 finishing 9th and 5th. Her first major year as a senior was 2005, when she got two bronze medals in her first ever World cup events - reuslt which saw her qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006.
She was plagued by an Achilles injury in 2006 and 2007 and it looked like her hopes of competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics would be dashed - but then came a turning point - Helen's Achilles problems were resolved with the help of a great medical team at the Welsh Sports Council and 2008 went better than expected. Helen qualified at first pick for the British Olympic Triathlon team and became the World Champion!
Since 2008 Helen's results and performances steadily improved - the World Champs changed from a one off day event to a series and In 2011 Helen won the World Champs Series becoming World Champion for the second time.
2011 was an important year for Helen, it was an opportunity to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games - the selection race was in Hyde Park on the Olympic course, and Helen won the race, completing the selection criteria.
In 2012 Helen competed at the London 2012 Olympic games following a knee injury which threatened her ability to compete right up to race day - but against the odds she was a challenger for a medal position, eventually finishing in 5th position.
With a string of injury setbacks since London 2012, Helen returned to Elite international racing recently with her focus now firmly on Rio 2016 riding her Liv Envie Advanced Pro.