Ambassador profile - Jess Learmonth
It’s official! 2017 European Champion and Commonwealth Silver Medallist Jess Learmonth has been named as the latest sporting ambassador for Glasgow 2018.
She joins Max Whitlock (Gymnastics), Ross Murdoch (Aquatics), Paul Lawrie & Carly Booth (Golf) and Karen Bennett (Rowing) as ambassadors for the first ever Glasgow 2018 European Championships this August.
Here’s everything you need to know about Jess...
DOB – 18/04/1988 (age 30)
HOME CITY – Leeds
The proud Leeds-born lass has quickly made a name for herself as one of Britain’s most exciting triathlon prospects since making her breakthrough in 2016.
Jess showed promise in several sports as a youngster. She was a national level swimmer, a talented golfer at Wetherby Golf Club and also played football for Leeds United Ladies Academy. Jess found Triathlon at the age of 23 and has never looked back.
Now, based at the Leeds Triathlon Centre where she is coached by Ray Butters, Learmonth won her first major international title in June 2017 at the ETU European Championships in Kitzbühel and went on to take a silver medal in both the individual and mixed relay events at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier this year.
She has also made a promising start to the World Triathlon Series, finishing second in the first race of the series in Abu Dhabi and 8th at the most recent race in her native Leeds.
The British Triathlon squad for Glasgow 2018 has yet to be confirmed, but Jess has already stated her ambitions to defend her European crown at Strathclyde Park this August.
Biggest World success – Silver at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Biggest European success – Gold at the ETU Triathlon European Championships Kitzbühel 2017
Number of elite races - 33
Number of career podiums – 13
Number of career wins – 3
Interesting fact – Jess is one-quarter Scottish!
Cheer on the British Triathlon team at this year’s European Triathlon Championships at Strathclyde Country Park from 9 – 11 August.
Tickets range from £15 - £30 and can be found at: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/glasgow2018#Triathlon
Picture credits: British Triathlon / David Pearce