Ashleigh Gentle

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Education Details:

currently deferred. Bachelor of Public Health- major Nutrition

Why did you begin your sport?

A family friend suggested I come and do some running training with their local Triathlon Club, Surfer Paradise. I started running a few times a week with the squad, coached by Jenny Alcorn, but everyone else was swimming and cycling too, so I decided to give it a go as well.

Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?

I don't really have any rituals but I always check my bike over a lot before the race, making everything is fine.

What is your most memorable sporting achievement?

Qualifying for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the World Series race on the Gold Coast this year was a very big highlight. It was a big goal of mine to get the automatic qualifying spot, so it was a big relief to achieve it.

Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?

Emma Snowsill, Emma Moffatt and Loretta Harrop were big inspirations to me as a junior and I'm lucky enough to have met them all, and also train alongside Emma Moffatt for quite a few years. They were always fierce racers and it was always exciting to see Australians racing so strong

Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?

My parents and partner, Josh, have definitely been the most influential. I know that know matter what is happening in the world of triathlon or in life in general, they will always support me and have my back.

Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?

Camping, baking, reading, fishing, coffee, seeing friends, ocean swims.

What is your sporting ambition?

To medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.