Helen is a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded World-Class Performance Squad. Having been a member of the Team GB Triathlon squad for Rio 2016, Helen has competed at three different Olympic Games. She has achieved more ITU World Triathlon Series podium finishes than any other British woman and has won the ITU world title twice.
Three-time Olympian, Helen lives and trains in Bridgend. She secured Rio 2016 Olympic selection with a dramatic win over ITU World Champion, Gwen Jorgensen, at the ITU World Triathlon Series event in the Gold Coast. She reached the podium at two further ITU World Series occasions in 2016, finishing third in Abu Dhabi and Stockholm.
In the London 2012 Olympics, Helen achieved what was the best performance ever by a British woman at an Olympic Games when she finished 5th. She was in medal contention up to the final stages when the four other athletes in the lead group began to pull away.
Helen was the ITU World Champion in 2011, having won the title in Beijing, as well as also having won the title in 2008 on a cold, rainy day in Vancouver. She won the 2008 title as Helen Tucker before her marriage to fellow British Triathlon Olympian and coach, Marc Jenkins.
Her win in 2008 was considered to be a shock by many, as she overcame American Sarah Haskins in a thrilling sprint finish down the final stretch. She went on to compete in the Olympic Games the same year, where she finished 21st.
Helen is a three-time Olympian, and won the ITU world title in 2008 and 2011
Helen was born in Elgin, Scotland, but moved to South Wales as a very young child. She is married to fellow Welsh triathlete, Marc Jenkins, who represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 2004.
They were married in October 2008 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida and now live in Bridgend, South Wales with their baby daughter, who was born in August 2017.