"When I had my an Achilles tendon injury that took me out of competition for a year and a half. The temptation is to just give up. Physically, I think you can endure the pain. Emotionally, I think that's what hard. I just think, get back up, wipe away the tears and get on with it." See UTube Video: "No Option to Quit."
A professional, Helen Jenkins has represented Great Britain at the Olympics and Wales in the Commonwealth Games. In 2006 she suffered from an Achilles tendon injury and after a new start in 2007 the ankle injury gave her trouble again. Back iIn 2009 she placed third at the Grand Final of the World Championship Series in Gold Coast, in 2011 she is number one in the World Championship Series (August 2011). After winning the London World Championship Series on 6 August 2011 she secured a place on the Great Britain team for the London Olympics 2012.
Jenkins was the British Junior Champion of the year 2003 and the Elite Champion of the year 2006, after having been the elite silver medalist of the year 2005. Jenkins also participated in several prestigious non ITU events, in 2009 for instance she won the London Triathlon, which she had already attended in the years 2003, 2004, and 2005, placing 7th, 5th, and 5th respectively.