Perseverance and resilience are hallmarks of my engagement with elite sport. I switched from high-performance middle distance track to triathlon part way through 2017 when a very bad tear in my plantar fascia kept me from running for 18 months, the culmination of a long series of severe injury setbacks that interrupted my Olympic middle distance track aspirations.
From 2018 to 2022, I balanced high-performance triathlon training and competition with work as a lawyer at Torys LLP, a top corporate law firm in Toronto. Starting in 2023, I am pursuing triathlon full time.
After a very successful age group season in 2018 in which I won 70.3 Muskoka and Barrelman, both high-profile Ontario races, I went pro in 2019. That year, I placed 3rd at the South American 70.3 Championships and secured a qualifying spot at the 2020 70.3 World Championship (postponed to 2021) despite having to come back from a broken collarbone that summer. I won a pro Ironman 70.3 for the first time at 70.3 Timberman in August 2021. I won again at 70.3 Tremblant in June 2022 and 70.3 Oceanside in April 2023. I placed 9th at the 2022 70.3 Ironman World Championship. I have also raced successfully on the PTO circuit, including winning the Julie Moss award for a courageous performance at the 2022 Collin’s Cup, where I competed on Team International.
I became the first woman to break 74 minutes in the run split of a 70.3 with a 73.08 run split at 70.3 Augusta in September 2021 and have set numerous triathlon run course records. In my 2023 season opener, I ran a 72.99 to win 70.3 Oceanside against reigning Kona Champion Chelsea Sodaro. A goal as I continue to strive for top-level triathlon results is to significantly improve that run split. I have no doubt that as I continue to build consistency this will happen.
I have particularly enjoyed opportunities to share my hard-won insights from my athletic journey with a growing following on social media, podcast interviews, and articles that I have written for Triathlon Magazine Canada and other publications. I manage a newsletter for the Real Triathlon Squad aimed at age group triathletes. I have enjoyed mentoring other female athletes formally and informally as a volunteer coach with the University of Toronto Track Program and through ongoing connections with the University of Toronto’s track team; mentorship programs for students at my former high-school; and involvement with triathlon clubs in the Greater Toronto Area, including Team Atomica and C3 Cross-Training Club. I am gradually accumulating more public speaking experience, most recently as the keynote speaker at Triathlon Ontario’s awards banquet celebrating their sponsors, volunteers and age group athletes.
And in my moments of spare time, I love reading, live theatre, delicious food and relaxed time with family.
From Toronto, ON/Uxbridge, ON
Volunteer Commitments Assistant Track and Field Coach, UTTC Junior Development Program (past)
Head Coach: Suzanne Zelazo, Team Atomica
Run Consultant Coach: Ethan Davenport, University of Toronto Track Club (UTTC)
Swim Consultant Coach: Miguel Vadillo, Embrace Open Water Swimming/C3 Cross-Training Triathlon Club
Osteopathic/RMT Support: John D'Aguanno, Therapy Solutions; Hugo Orozco-Reyes, The Runner's Academy/Bpdy Rebalance
Physiotherapy Support: Desmond Fung, Dynamic Physiotherapy Solutions
"What Vegetarian Pro Triathlete Tamara Jewett Eats in a Day", Triathlon Magazine Canada (June 16, 2020) http://triathlonmagazine.ca/feature/what-vegetarian-pro-triathlete-tamara-jewett-eats-in-a-day/
"Time for a Bike Focus: A Pro Deals with Training While Physically Distancing", Triathlon Magazine Canada (April 14, 2020) http://triathlonmagazine.ca/training/time-for-a-bike-focus-a-pro-deals-with-training-while-physically-distancing/
"Five Tips for Triathletes Navigating a Global Pandemic", Triathlon Magazine Canada (March 20, 2020) http://triathlonmagazine.ca/feature/5-tips-for-triathletes-navigating-a-global-pandemic/