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Year Awarded: 2012
Sport: Triathlon
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Ashleigh Gentle - Triathlon

Ashleigh Gentle is without a doubt one of triathlon’s up and coming champions. Beginning her sporting career as a successful long distance runner, Ashleigh has since won numerous State, National and International championships.

In 2007 Ashleigh won gold in both the State and National Triathlon Championships, and following this success, was chosen to represent Australia at the World Junior Triathlon Championships held in Hamburg, Germany where she finished the competition with a well deserved silver medal.

Ashleigh’s next few years of competition saw her win gold at both the 2008 World Junior Triathlon Championships in Vancouver, Canada and at the 2009 ITU Triathlon Premium Asian Cup race in Singapore. Her national and international success was recognised when Ashleigh was presented with the Rising Sun Award from Womensport Queensland in both 2008 and 2009.

In 2010 Ashleigh continued to excel, winning the ITU World Junior Championships held in Budapest, Hungary, placing second at the Triathlon Premium Asian Cup race in Beijing, and winning gold at the Hamilton Island Triathlon while racing in the Elite Category.

This year has been exceptionally busy for Ashleigh, as she moved from junior competition into the U23 age bracket. In July Ashleigh cemented her dominance in this new competition group, winning the ITU World Cup Triathlon in Edmonton, Canada and was crowned Oceania Champion for being the highest placed Australian or New Zealand athlete at the Wellington OTU Oceania Championships.

Ashleigh is currently completing her third year of a Bachelor of Public Health and works hard to balance her university commitments with her demanding training and competition schedule.

Mentor:  Karla Gilbert OAM

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