Triathlete sets new goals
FORMER Tuntable Creek professional triathlete Courtney Gilfillan could barely find enough spare time to buy a new pair of joggers yesterday.
The 22-year-old is busy training up to three times a day under Craig Walton on the Gold Coast.
Walton mentored his former fiancée Emma Snowsill to gold at the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing.
Gilfillan is brimming with confidence after securing her first major sponsor with MDA Consulting Engineers in Lismore.
"It's huge because it will enable me to focus 100% on my main goal as a professional triathlete," Gilfillan said.
"My coach expects a lot from me and it's great to not have to worry about the financial burden of the sport as much.
"It's an annual sponsorship and they're looking at getting me through to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018."
Gilfillan, who now lives on the Gold Coast, says it's a fast lifestyle compared to her home at Tuntable Creek but one she has adapted to.
"Its definitely not home and I love coming back to the Northern Rivers whenever I can," she said.
"You have to have a lot of self-discipline but triathlon is my job and I'm not there for the party life."
Gilfillan has had a bumper start to the year, competing in events in Australia and New Zealand.
She finished mid-field in an elite pro event in New Zealand and seventh in her first elite sprint race in Geelong.
The natural runner hopes to work on her swimming and bike work this year.
Gilfillan is happy just to be back competing after stepping on a piece of glass during an event in South Korea last October.
She had the first podium finish of her career in an ITU event at Singapore three months earlier.
"I was really devastated at the time," Gilfillan said.
"But I suppose its all part of the sport and like any obstacle you have to get over it and move only."
Gilfillan has her sights set on future Olympic selection and will help Emma Moffatt prepare for her London campaign.
"Its great year to be in the sport because all the big names are racing and that's where I want to be," she said.
"Its hard days but I want to become a more complete triathlete.
"I want to make the next Olympics more than anything else."