Olympic marathon runner and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Jess Trengove spoke to Year 10 and 11 students this week. Invited to speak as part of the School’s Care program, Jess spoke about her rise as a marathon runner from her early days in Naracoorte, South Australia to competing on the world stage.
Jess spoke about essential qualities such as resilience, discipline and overcoming adversity as key factors in her success to run marathons and compete with the world’s best.
Jess’ achievements in long distance and marathon running are truly outstanding. In 2012, she debuted as a marathon runner in Japan where she ran the fastest ever marathon by an Australian woman and secured her spot in the Australian Olympic team.
She then ran in the London Olympic Games that year, coming an impressive 39th overall against the world’s best distance runners. In 2014 she won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Then in 2016, she placed 22nd in the Rio Olympics. Most recently, Jess achieved an outstanding result with a bronze medal in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Beyond running, Jess is a physiotherapist, a businesswoman, and also an ambassador for a number of foundations including Jodie Lee Foundation and Little Heroes.