Women: Bring it on
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.
Triathlete Ashleigh Gentle is keen to be part of the women’s Super League Triathlon Series.