Jane Leonard

  • Army PTI
  • International Rugby Player
  • Triathlete

Jane Leonard

Background

Jane is 37 and a former British Army PTI.

​She has travelled and worked abroad and witnessed first-hand the injustices and lack of privilege that many women have to endure. Jane has also commanded respect in a largely male environment during a 10 year career in the Army and taken on every challenge presented to her.

​Jane has represented her country playing rugby for England and at Premiership club level  for Wasps, as well as the Army.

​Since her retirement, Jane has set her sights on endurance sports and become an accomplished triathlete.

​When she's not taking on the world, Jane loves chilling out with her awesome sausage dog, Watson.

Career

Jane developed a passion for sports at a young age; keen to test her athletic abilities by participating in any discipline that would challenge and unveil her deeply competitive spirit. It was rugby that captured her interest initially, and lead to her dream of representing her country, playing Internationally for England.

​For the next 15 years, Jane had the privilege of captaining London Wasps, the British Army and the United Kingdom Armed Forces Rugby teams.

Jane has had a 10 year career in the British Army, joining the Royal Engineers and becoming the first female Physical Training Instructor within the Regular Service. This incredible career took her overseas and on operational tours. Global experiences that whet her appetite to work in the Middle East where she discovered a natural flare to instruct, coach and educate young women and girls.  

Following ‘retirement’ as an international athlete, Jane recently made the transition to becoming an endurance athlete, a speciality that draws upon the career skills she has gained over the years and her deeply-rooted mindset to achieve whatever she sets her mind to. As a result, her recent achievements have included Ironman Triathlons and Ultra Marathons.

Jane now sets her sights on a brand new endeavour and setting a new World Record.

Race Motivation

My motivation for taking on challenges has always changed depending on the experience in question but my values and enjoyment of doing things that push my potential, never have.

I have always tried to put myself in other peoples shoes, it grounds me and highlights how fortunate I am to have the colour passport I have, to be living where I am, to have access to things I desire and to make the choices I am at liberty to make.

I have travelled and worked abroad witnessing cruelty first hand. I’ve watched the reality of some females’ worlds unfold, knowing exactly what they have to endure.

Who are forced into an ugly and less beautiful world than mine because of the colour of their passport. They have to live without a voice and they certainly don’t get the choice to taste freedom as I know it to be.

My 'why' for taking on this incredible challenge is simple. My life permits me the freedom to have a choice. From a young age I have had a natural affinity for challenging my perceived limits and I haven’t found anything to date where I simply cannot carry on or where the sheer physicality and mental demands have been reduced to the point where it makes me want to quit or stop.

If this opportunity allows me to inspire just one person, who may be far less privileged than I am, or if I can be a figure that represents the freedom and voice that every person should have then this challenge will be both a success and a platform for me to continue to inspire others to dream, dare, DO.

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