Ashleigh Gentle wins Noosa Triathlon

Ashleigh Gentle will compete in the triathlon at Rio
Ashleigh Gentle will compete in the triathlon at Rio

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotionstudent, Ashleigh Gentle, has taken out the 2014 Noosa Triathlon.

Ashleigh did iteasily, crossing the finish line in 1 hour 59 minutes. That was 10 seconds ahead of Canada’s Paula Findlay (1 hour 59 minutes 58 secs) and Sunshine Coast based Swiss triathlete Caroline Steffen (2 hours 29 secs).

Having won her first Noosa title in 2012, Ashleigh was favourite for the event, particularly after the withdrawal of dual world champion Emma Moffatt due to a calf strain.

It was a dominant front running performance from the 23-year-old who is determined to make the Australian side for the 2016 Olympics.

“It feels great to come to Noosa and win again,” Ashleigh said.

“I knew it would be a really hard race. There are some great competitors and they really pushed me.”

Ashleigh is a member of the Griffith Sport College which supports elite athletes as they balance study and training.

Sports College Manager Duncan free was delighted with Ashleigh’s win.

“What a great performance by Ashleigh to claim her second title at the Noosa Tri. She is showing good form after also winning the Atmosphere Nepean Triathlon in October.”

“I look forward to watching her develop over the next few years in the lead up to the Rio Olympics and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”