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Grip : November 2011
AMBASSADOR GRIP cOuRTNEy ATkiNSON: A MAN ON A MiSSiON SUBARU Ambassador, Courtney Atkinson, is rightly revered in the triathlon world. In a career that started as a teenager and shows no signs of slowing as a 32-year-old father, the likeable Gold Coast athlete has won multiple World Cup events and, at home, won the benchmark Noosa Triathlon on three consecutive occasions. He went into the 2011 Nossa Triathlon knowing he was not in his best form, having come off what he considers the toughest year of his career, but everywhere he went people still wanted a part of Courtney, and he gave willingly to the media, to sponsors and to fans. For the record he finished 10th, not where he wanted, but his focus is London in July next year, where he would dearly like to crown his career with a medal in one of the toughest sports of all. He was well placed on the final bike leg, feeling like he was good to go for a fourth straight title, but then his legs just couldn’t push him on. “My quest for a history making fourth consecutive win was, in hindsight, derailed early in the week if there is one thing I have always done well in my career, it is win in Australia off doing a good off-season in the humid summer of Queensland.... the younger guys are kidding if they think they are rid of me just yet!” As a professional athlete, Courtney is one of the best. For him, working with the media, or with sponsors, is part of what he does. But Cour tney is much more than just an athlete. He loves shooting video, editing it, then putting it on his website. The clips include race action and plenty of training tips. He is also the master of many things digital. He is an active user of new media and spends a great deal of time researching just how to make this work to maximum effect with minimum effort. You can, of course, follow Courtney on Facebook and Twitter. At the Subaru dinner the night before the big race, he happily talked to everyone, sharing his experiences, and was open about his hopes. But while some at the table could relax, Courtney had to leave early. Not to go to bed, but to get his kid to bed. Life is busy for the Atkinsons and about to get busier, with a little boy due in January to join sister Chloe. But make no doubt about it, Courtney’s race is not over yet, and we wish him well for his hopes in 2012. when early Tuesday morning I woke with acute pain in my stomach, and before long was so serve I rushed off to the hospital emergency rooms for the day to get scans and pain relief,” Cour tney said. “We did everything to get me on the start-line for a chance at the prize (probably more so than usual since the fourth title was a chance), but although I felt fresh for the week of minimal exercise, I just ran out of fuel around an hour into the race. “Analysing the first par t of the triathlon I was able to race properly, I walk away confident that I was correct in assuming that I had trained myself into the type of form I believe should have won the race again, since taking back over my own program at the end of the international season. “With this in mind I have now made the decision to finish up racing for 2011, rest up and concentrate on building up for a big return in the Olympic year, and doing the things I know have worked for me over so many years having success in the sport. “Early season racing is going to be important to my Olympic campaign and COURTNEY’S CAREER IN BRIEF: l 2008 Beijing Olympian (11th) l7xITUWorldCup event winner l16xITUWorldCup podium finisher l 3 x Noosa Triathlon Winner l Australian Grand Prix winner (2001-2004) l Australian Olympic Distance Triathlon Champion (2002, 2003, 2008, 2009) l Australian Sprint Distance Triathlon Champion (2002, 2003, 2008, 2009) l Australian Elite Team Member 2001-03, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011) INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE AFTERSALES PARTS & ACCESSORIES WHO’S WHO MARKETING AMBASSADOR TOURER CONCEPT BRZ CONCEPT STI BRAND COMPARISON DEALER RANKINGS SPORT
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