Women: Bring it on

Multisport Mecca - - News - Tom Boswell, Gold Coast Bul­letin

TRIATH­LETE Ash­leigh Gen­tle wants to be in­volved in Su­per League Triathlon de­spite an un­prece­dented fo­cus on the world series.

Su­per League Triathlon hosted its first event on Hamil­ton Is­land last week­end. Ash­leigh’s part­ner and 70.3 half-iron­man com­peti­tor Josh Am­berger will be among the men’s field rac­ing as part of the series that will carry about $2 mil­lion in prize money.

The Gold Coaster, who is based in Wol­lon­gong with coach Jamie Turner, said she wanted to be in­volved when the SLT in­tro­duces a women’s com­pe­ti­tion later this year.

“If there is a women’s series that is go­ing to go ahead at the end of the year I’d def­i­nitely love to be in­volved in it,” she said. “It seems like a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity and re­ally dif­fer­ent and ex­cit­ing rac­ing, so I’d love to be able to be part of the women’s race when it comes to­gether.”

The 26-year-old will also use 2017 to push for a ca­reer-high rank­ing in the WTS where her pre­vi­ous best was a sev­enth-place fin­ish in 2013.

Ash­leigh’s ap­pear­ances have been spo­radic in her six years in the WTS with in­jury as well as Com­mon­wealth and Olympic Games stop­ping her from de­vot­ing more at­ten­tion to chas­ing a world ti­tle.

And de­spite opt­ing not to race in the first leg at Abu Dhabi in favour of com­pet­ing at the Mooloolaba Triathlon ear­lier this month, Ash­leigh said she wanted to chal­lenge the best in the WTS this year.

“I’d love to be able to race a lot of the world series and re­ally try to chase a good world rank­ing,” she said.

“I don’t feel as though I have re­ally fo­cused on the series much at all since I’ve done it. Some years was a bit in­jury rid­dled, I had the Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games in 2014 and then Rio last year.”

Ash­leigh is still nut­ting out her ex­act sched­ule but she will fea­ture in the Gold Coast and Ham­burg races that also of­fer au­to­matic spots at next year’s Com­mon­wealth Games.

PHOTO: LACHIE MIL­LARD

Triath­lete Ash­leigh Gen­tle is keen to be part of the women’s Su­per League Triathlon Series.

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