Quick Facts

Date of Birth
September 6, 1969
California, USA. Originally from Fairfield, NSW
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Peter Brock and Paula Newby Fraser

Career Highlights

Becoming a two-time world champion

Greatest Moment

Winning Australia’s first medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympics; a silver medal, and becoming a two-time world champion


With 28 years of experience in the sport of triathlon, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games where she went on to win Australia’s first medal of the Games, Michellie Jones will be joining forces with Para-triathlon powerhouse Katie Kelly to guide her to gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

With a renowned career of her own, the Olympic silver medallist and two-time ITU world champion first came across Para-triathlon at the 2014 World Championships when she was invited to present the Australian Team with their racing suits.

Motivated by the athletes stories and their will to succeed, Michellie kept in touch with Australian head coach Corey Bacon, who asked her to be Katie’s guide the following year.

The dynamic partnership was tried and tested at the ITU World Para-triathlon Event in Yokohama, Japan in 2015, which proved to be nothing but fool proof. Having only met four days before, the pair superseded all expectations and went on to win gold.

Acting as the eyes for Katie, 45-year-old Michellie went on to help Katie win her first world title in 2015 and in doing so, secured an all-important Rio qualification spot for Australia in the PT5 class for vision impaired athletes.

Michellie’s list of accolades and achievements is endless. Outside of her Olympic medal and world championship titles, she became the first Australian woman to win a World Ironman Championship, and the second Australian in history to win the event, behind 1994 World Champion Greg Welch.

With all of her experience, Michellie is looking forward to guiding Katie as Para-triathlon makes its Paralympic debut in Rio. She knows her experience will go along way in motivating Katie, and together, they are quietly confident they can achieve their goal of winning the first Paralympic gold on offer in their sport.

In 2014, Michellie was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, coinciding with its 30th anniversary. She is the second triathlete to be given this prestigious award.

Outside of triathlon, Michellie enjoys participating in equestrian events and loves to spend time with horses. Living in California in the USA, she says there is no place like home and lists Australia as her favourite holiday destination.

Michellie’s ultimate goal in life is to live her dreams, and is thrilled to be doing exactly that.


Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Triathlon Classification: PT5 – Guide to Katie Kelly