As one of the original 13, Jodie and her distinctive racing-off-the-front style was a perfect match for Bahrain Endurance as it sought to make its mark on the world. Probably the grittiest female racer on the circuit, Jodie guarantees the racing red is out in front at every race she toes the line at. She has only finished off the podium in less than 30 percent of the races she competes in!

A phenomenal swimmer and one of the sport’s strongest bike riders, she has made many of her peers eat bubbles and dust. This has set up some amazing bike showdowns between herself and fellow teammates, as in the 2015 Ironman World Championship when she and Daniela Ryf pushed the pace on the Queen K.

Jodie was one of the first athletes to bring a regional championship home for Bahrain Endurance 13 with a win at the Ironman African Championship in 2015. When a freak crash took her out of the title defense with a broken elbow the following year, she came back eight weeks later at the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship and stormed to the win. A few weeks later, she led wire-to-wire to take the 2016 ITU Long Course world title and add to Bahrain Endurance’s world championship haul.

But alongside or even better than her sporting accolades, Jodie is outspoken and intelligent, which is a dynamite combination for a professional athlete. Team manager Chris McCormack says, “I think Jodie brings this charisma, this energy to the team. It’s fantastic. And she has an opinion. She’s not a fence-sitter.”

Her athleticism, ethic, positivity and “never-give-up” racing mentality are key ingredients that make her a positive role model within the team. These attributes shone through during her pregnancy in 2017, when she approached impending motherhood with the same determination to excel at it as she has at being the best athlete she can be. It is this same drive to be the best that makes her imminent comeback this year all the more thrilling.