Physical activity has always been fun for Jamey Clark.
âSport is my thing,â she said. “I have always done them and have stayed active.”
The freshman at Carmel High School participated in several sports, but she always found time for triathlons.
Jamey, 14, has completed 35 Kids TRI for Kids, a competition that combines running, cycling and swimming. She finished her last on August 29 as she will be too old next summer for the event, which is designed for ages 7 to 14. Jamey might have accomplished even more if the 2020 season hadn’t been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and only four have been offered this year.
âI liked them because they involved different events,â Jamey said. âThere was swimming and I was at the Carmel Swim Club. I like to cycle and run, using different muscle groups. I like the bike the best.
Jamey was the Kids TRI for Kids series champion at 8, 10 and 12 years old. His best results in 2021 were second and third places. Kids TRI for Kids founder Meg Osborne said she believes Jamey has completed more events than any other attendee.
Always there to support her, her grandmother, Mary Clark, raised her. Jamey’s mother, Cheryl, died aged 26 when Jamey was 25 months old.
âShe’s good at everything,â said Mary. âAt 3, she was swimming like a fish and diving off the diving board. She learned to ride a two-wheeled bicycle without training wheels at the age of 3.
Mary, 70, and her second husband, Bill Freed, officially adopted Jamey in 2015. Freed passed away in 2017 at the age of 91. Jamey is also supported by Jim Clark, his biological grandfather.
Jamey said she still plans to do other triathlons and probably help out at Kids TRI for Kids events as a volunteer. Jamey has also been successful in his age group at the Carmel Sprint Triathlon.
Jamey dropped out of the Carmel Swim Club after about five years in 2020.
âI got exhausted because there was workouts every day,â she said.
Besides triathlons, the only sport Jamey has become attached to is softball. She played in a Noblesville recreational league for several years and plans to try for the CHS softball team.
Jamey, who is 5-foot-10, played on the seventh and eighth-grade basketball teams for Clay Middle School, but isn’t sure if she’ll try as a freshman. Her grandmother urges her to try basketball again in high school.
Jamey competed in cross country as an eighth grade student on Clay, winning the Most Improved Runner award.
She competed in taekwondo for a number of years and was a gold medalist in black belt combat in her age and weight category at the United States Taekwondo Championships in Richmond, Va., In 2016. She dropped out of taekwondo in 2017. She competed in gymnastics for five years.
Being active all the time is important to Jamey, who has been a Girl Scout for several years.
âI love big events, like spending the night at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with all my friends,â she said.
Jamey was a student council member and a member of the National Honor Society at the college. She also worked in the stage crew on plays for three years in college.