Jess is a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded World-Class Performance Squad based at the Leeds Triathlon Centre and coached by Ray Butters. She is a European, Commonwealth and World Triathlon Series medal winner.
In 2018, Jess won individual Commonwealth Games and European Championship silver medals
Jess was added to the World-Class Performance Squad in 2015. In a short space of time, she made a big impact on the sport with her ability to lead out the swim and grow a lead during the bike section. She is often in small breakaway groups on the bike, a strategy which has helped her win global medals at world, European and Commonwealth events.
She made significant improvements to her running during the 2017 season, which saw her win the ETU European title and secure two ITU World Triathlon Series podium finishes (Stockholm and Rotterdam). In 2018, she finished fifth overall in the World Series after a consistent season.
Jess enjoyed a number of successes in 2019 with a second-place finish in Bermuda and third-place finishes in Leeds and Montreal. However, her greatest achievement of the year was a silver medal in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final at Lausanne. Jess also secured her best finish yet in a Mixed Relay Series with a 2nd place finish in Tokyo.
Swimming is a key strength for Jess, having won a National Championships freestyle medal whilst competing for the City of Leeds Swimming Club. The Leeds United fan formally played golf at Wetherby Golf Club and football for Leeds United Ladies Academy before switching to triathlon. Her first experience of triathlon was a charity mini-tri, but her dad was already into the sport at that point so she was well aware of it.
A member of a sporting family, Jess' brother-in-law competed in the 3000m steeplechase at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishing sixth. Her partner is called Jonny Wilkinson, although he is a gas engineer and Category 2 road cyclist rather than a World Cup-winning rugby player.
Jess represented Team England at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, winning a silver medal in both the individual and mixed relay event at her first major multi-sport games.