Jacob Birtwhistle was awarded a Scholarship within the 2016 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program and was paired with athlete Member Glynis Nunn-Cearns OAM as his mentor.
Born on January 4, 1995 in Launceston where he attended Riverside High School, Jake was touted at an early age for his aptitude in cross country running, specifically in the 1500m, 3000m and 2000m steeplechase events.
The young Tasmanian has seemingly grown an extra leg each time he laced up a pair of runners. Throughout his prolific schoolboy athletic career Jake was the 2012 World Cross Country School Champion and was crowned Australian Junior Champion over middle-and-long distance events a remarkable 11 times before transitioning toward triathlons as a 17-year-old where the career prospect of becoming a professional triathlete blossomed.
Under the guidance of respected athletic coaches Craig Redmen and Kim Gillard, the transition of disciplines was soon justified as Jake picked up where he left off in the cross-country field by dominating the domestic triathlon field. Following continual training and dedication toward his passion, Jake was soon exceeding international standards as his achievement list supports.
It was this transition that has led to Jake being regarded as one of Australia’s finest young all-round sportsmen. Jake has since galloped around the world, consistently finding his way to podium finishes all throughout domestic and international competitions. Regularly inside the top 15 world triathlon rankings, Jake holds an impressive record of over 25 world podium finishes from over 60 starts.
In 2021, Jake competed in his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 placing 9th in the mixed triathlon and 16th in the solo triathlon.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2012: Tahiti ITU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup – winner
- 2013: Australian Youth Olympic Festival, Mix Youth Relay – winner
- 2013: Australian Youth Olympic Festival – winner
- 2013: AUS Triathlon Junior National Championships – winner
- 2013: Wellington OUT Triathlon Oceania Championships – winner
- 2013: Eton Dorney ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup – fourth place
- 2014: AUS Triathlon Junior National Championships – winner
- 2014: Devonport OUT Triathlon Oceania Championships – second place
- 2014: Mooloolaba OUT Triathlon Oceania Cup – winner
- 2014: Pontevedra ITU Duathlon World Championships – winner
- 2014: Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup – winner
- 2014: ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton – second place
- 2015: AUS Triathlon National Championships – winner
- 2015: Devonport OUT Triathlon Oceania Championships, U23 & Elite Men – winner
- 2015: Wollongong OUT Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup – winner
- 2015: Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup – second place
- 2015: ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago, U23 men’s – winner
- 2016: Gisborne OUT Triathlon Oceania Championships – third place
- 2016: ITU World Triathlon Hamburg – second place
- 2017: Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships – winner
- 2017: ITU World Triathlon Edmonton – second place
- 2018: Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Mixed relay – winner
- 2018: Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Elite Men – winner
- 2018: ITU World Triathlon Yokohama – second place
- 2018: ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Edmonton – winner
- 2018: ITU World Triathlon Montreal – third place
- 2019: Daman World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Abu Dhabi – winner
- 2019: AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds – winner
- 2019: Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon – winner
- 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – Solo, 16th
- 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – Mixed, 9th