James Turner

Birth Date
August 4, 1993
Years Practicing
Kelowna, BC

Notable Events

Canadian Champion, 2x Junior Canadian Champion, Youth Canadian Champion, NACAC U23 Champion, Captain of the 2015 Canadian FISU team

Early Memory

In the 10th grade, I did my first ever decathlon. I was way out of my league, most events I had only done a handful of times. I felt defeated, something I had never felt before in athletics. It was by far the hardest thing I had ever done which drove me to want to conquer it. Something I’m still working on!

On Your Playlist

Tiesto, Michael Jackson, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Major Lazer

Current/Best Read

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Words To Live By

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.   


My name is James Turner. I’m a decathlete. The decathlon is a two-day event that includes the 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m, 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1500m. I grew up in Kelowna, BC playing as many sports as possible. I couldn’t pick one to focus on so I played them all. My favorites were soccer, basketball, golf and snowboarding. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I cut out other sports to focus on my dream of becoming an Olympian. The following year, I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to compete in the NCAA for a school in Texas. After realizing the NCAA wasn’t geared towards helping me reach my goals, I transferred to the University of Toronto. Besides track and field, I’m pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and teaching people how to run. Follow me on Instagram @jamesp_turner