Courtney Gilfillan
Courtney Gilfillan

Courtney hopes for Coast gold

FORMER Tuntable Creek triathlete Courtney Gilfillan is jumping at the chance to compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The 22-year-old Burleigh Heads resident already has her sights set on a gold medal and is brimming with confidence over the home town advantage.

"It's a huge deal to have it on the Gold Coast," Ms Gilfillan said.

"My goal is to win the gold medal in triathlon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

"It's a massive advantage to be able to have friends, family and other support networks right there with you.

"It seems so long away but I'm sure it will come around quickly."

The 2018 Commonwealth Games is split into core sports including athletics, aquatics, hockey, netball and rugby 7's.

Triathlon is likely to be one of the four optional sports approved by the Commonwealth Games Federation

Gilfillan hopes her siblings Jessica (19) and Ashlea (23) return to competition after extended breaks.

"It definitely opens a few doors and they would be silly not to consider it," Gilfillan said.

"Everyone on the Gold Coast is still buzzing and nothing would compare to competing in an event like this in your own country.

"I'm sure it will speed up junior development in a lot of sports on the Northern Rivers.

"With all the facilities close by, it's a good time to be a young athlete in the region."

Gilfillan will compete in a sprint distance race at Hamilton Island this weekend.


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