Jen Annett

I am a 32 year old Professional Triathlete from Penticton, BC. I am a wife, a mother, and I have Epilepsy. After watching my first Ironman when we moved to Penticton in 2005, I was so emotionally moved and inspired that I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I started racing Triathlon as an age grouper in 2008, completing my first Ironman and qualifying for the World Championships in Hawaii. I would spend the next three years racing various distances, qualifying for Hawaii and spending most of my time on the Podium. After having my son in 2012, with some convincing from some friends, I decided to take the plunge and race Pro. I placed third in my first Pro race (Challenge Penticton 2013), and shortly after that, decided to pursue Triathlon as a full time career. Since joining the F2C team in 2017, I had a breakthrough season with multiple Ironman and 70.3 podiums and an IMAZ bike course record.

My life changed in 2010 when I had my first Grand Mal Seizure. I would then be diagnosed with Epilepsy. At this time, I was told by medical personnel to give up this sport. Rather than succumb to this, I chose to find a way to not have to give up the thing I loved. In the past, I have dealt with depression, eating disorders and self-image issues, and while I have had many dark and difficult moments, I have always found a way to be strong and overcome. My success does not only come from my own strength, it has also come from the love and support of everyone around me. Through overcoming my epilepsy diagnosis and continuing to race and train, I want to show people that they can overcome roadblocks, not just in sport, but in life as well.

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