Jodie Stimpson: Finding Her Silver Lining In Triathlon
What motivates someone to be great isn’t always easy, and doesn’t always come from a positive source. Sometimes, it’s the struggle in one area of life that can lead to greatness in other avenues. Have you found what motivates you?
For 29-year-old Jodie Stimpson, a 2-time Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, triathlon started out as her escape and has since become her way of life.
During primary school, Stimpson was told she had dyslexia, something that many teachers didn’t know much about.
“I don’t like reading books necessarily because I’ll read a page and I’ll be like what did I just read? It’s frustrating but everybody has to overcome certain things.”
She found it difficult to keep up with her classmates, causing her to rebel out of frustration.
“I really struggled and I kind of went down the wrong path.”
Around the same time she was diagnosed with dyslexia, she was introduced to triathlon, where she was able to take out some of that frustration and dominate in the field.
Her first win was at the age of 8. The wins kept coming, and with that came more confidence.
“I found my sport, I’m good at this, so I might not be good at English or Math, but I’m good at that (triathlon) so that’s okay.”
Stimpson continued to fall in love with the sport as it showed her strengths in new areas. Her favourite part about racing is how competitive it can be.
“I really enjoy the challenge of how hard can I push myself, how fast can I go?”
When Stimpson hit the teen years she realised her dream was to make it to the Olympics. She kept pouring hours into training, which helped keep her out of trouble within her friendship group.
“When those guys were going out a bit more than they should’ve and drinking a bit more, and doing the stuff that you shouldn’t be doing at that age, I was then training more.”
She kept the parties and socialising to a minimum to focus on her passion. It wasn’t always the easiest thing for her friends to understand, but it wasn’t for nothing as she went on to place second at U23 Worlds.
Stimpson continues to find a home within the triathlon community as she works toward various goals.
“The dream is still the Olympics, but to be honest, my future plan is to be at the front end of as many races as possible.”
There’s no telling exactly where she will end up, but one thing that is for certain is she wants her story to resonate with children. She wants kids and young athletes alike to know hard work can take you anywhere, and change your whole life, just as it has for her. Jodie’s parting words – Just because you may not be the best in one area of your life, doesn’t mean you can’t shine in others.
Catch Jodie flying through our Super League courses in the 2018 season so far right here!