As good as gold
The road to Olympic glory is a long and hard one. But winning attitudes like Anneke Jenkins' offer inspiration to everyone.
Despite battling her chronic fatigue for two years, Anneke never gave up on her Olympic dream. She switched to focus on triathlon in 2012. Two years later, Asteron Life became Anneke’s sponsor and she placed first at the 2014 ITU World Aquathlon Championship in Canada.
However, resilience runs in the family. Together they have overcome these challenges and embraced all that life has given them. “To get through it you just have to stick together and find a way forward because there’s always a way forward, it’s just really hard to see sometimes,” Anneke explains. With the loss of her leg, Anneke’s mother continues to provide her inspiration - remaining physically active and still enjoying hiking and kayaking.
“Olympic gold is still a massive goal of mine. But without friends and family to share it, it’s not much of a goal.”
Today, Anneke believes that the journey back to health has made her a stronger athlete and she now takes time to celebrate life a little more. “Celebrating life is about doing what you love and doing it every day to the best you can, and being optimistic. You’ve always got to see the positive side and see the future,” she says. With the support of Asteron Life and those closest to her, Anneke remains more determined than ever to succeed.