Nicknames: G, Chase, Gillybean
Entry year: 2008
Favourite leg: cycle
Coach: Stephen Moss
Race distance: Olympic (draft legal)
Professional since: September 2011
Education: BSc Marine Science & Ecology (graduated UQ 2012); Master of Environmental Science (current)
Hometown: Armidale, NSW
Current residence: Brisbane, QLD
European Base: Aix les Bains, France
Favourite food: Olives!
I grew up in the country town of Armidale in Northern NSW and enjoyed competing in swimming and cross-country before taking up triathlon in year 12.
After finishing high school I moved to Brisbane to study Science at the University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelors degree in 2012. During my time at university I also worked at my goal of becoming a professional athlete. I was granted my pro licence at the end of 2011.
In 2013 I was invited to train with the Queensland Academy of Sport squad in France for the European summer. I now train under Stephen Moss at the QAS.
In 2014 I won Australian elite titles over both the Sprint and Olympic distances followed by my first world cup win in Chengdu, China, only my 3rd world cup race. I then went on to win the World Under 23 Duathlon Championships in Pontevedra, Spain, and finished 15th in my debut World Triathlon Series race in Chicago. To cap off the year I was selected on my first Australian team for the Triathlon World Championships in Edmonton where I finished 2nd in the U23 event, and was part of the silver medal winning Australian U23 mixed relay team.
The 2015 season, which has just come to a close, was the best season of my career so far. It was my first season out of the Under 23 category, racing in the World Triathlon Series. My top result was a bronze medal in the penultimate round held in Edmonton in September. I finished the series ranked 25th in the world after missing the first half of the season due to injury and only scoring points in 5 of 6 possible races. I was also the first Australian across the line in the Rio Olympic test event. My goals for the 2016 season are to make the Rio Olympic Games, finish in the top 15 overall in the World Triathlon Series, and have another WTS podium finish.
My career goals are Australian representation at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and ultimately winning the elite world championships.