2014 Commonwealth Games champion Jodie Lee Stimpson is a professional British triathlete, who was also the Aqualon World Champion of the year in 2006, the U23 vice Triathlon World Champion of the year in 2008, the 2009 British Triathlon champion and the 2010 British Triathlon Super Series winner. She started her career as a swimmer at age 4, swimming for her local club. Easy hooked on racing – and winning – her uncle introduced her to triathlon at age 8. She remembers her training being an evening spent cycling around Langley Leisure Centre several times, then straight into the pool for a two-hour swim session, before finally running home with my dad. Not exactly a typical day for an 8-year-old! It paid off, however, as she won her first triathlon at age 9.
Things didn’t slow down much for Jodie. In 2011, she won her first major title in triathlon when the Great Britain team took gold at the World Mixed Relay Championship. Her 2013 season opened with a win at the Devonport OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Championships and she finished runner up overall in the ITU World Triathlon Series.
On 24 July 2014, Simpson won her first global title, with gold at 2014 Commonwealth Games in triathlon, and a gold in the mixed triathlon team relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with the Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonathan, and Vicky Holland.