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Grip : GRIP June 2012
AMBASSADOR GRIP ATKINSON’S FORM RISING AT RIGHT TIME AFTER many trials and tribulations over the past 12 months, Subaru Ambassador, Courtney Atkinson, has achieved his goal of being selected to represent Australia at the London Olympics. The triathlete has endured a loss of form and a long wait to have his selection to a second Olympic Games confirmed, but his tide of for tune is turning - his ticket to London is now booked and a recent 13th place at the ITU World Triathlon Series in San Diego showed that things are coming together for the Queenslander just at the right time. “The most impor tant thing about selection is it allows you a very clear path to aim and train for the big day, which for me is August 7 in Hyde Park,” Courtney told GRIP. “Up ‘til this point there is always some indecision still in the back of your mind that just maybe it still won’t happen. So now its full steam ahead!” Courtney, who finished 11th at Beijing in 2008, believes his recent tough times might be the making of the athlete, and the man. “Throughout the last two year process of selection I have found out so much about myself and my racing. What really makes me tick, what works for me, but most of all what’s really important to me. You just can’t go and buy those experiences. “In the end I believe I am in a good headspace heading to this Olympics, both for racing performance and for life after my second Olympics. Timing is everything in our sport and my form has been moving in the right direction. “I know I have the athletic tools to match it with the best, and if I am able to train consistently with my body co-operating, I turn up to an event very confident that I will be at the front end of the field. “With the Olympic Games, it’s easy to get carried away stressing yourself out because it is such a big event. But the mechanics of it are the same as any other race - same distance, same competitors, same sport. Having been there once before is a big bonus, asIknowallyoucando is prepare to the best you know how.” Who knows what Courtney will do after this latest challenge – not even the man himself has thought that far ahead. “To be honest, right at the moment, I am only thinking up to that point of the race on August 7 ... and the next few days’ par ty as well! “I still love racing and I believe I have many more good years left in me. I will continue to race. But you never know what life will throw at you.” Subaru Australia’s Content Generation and Alliance Manager, Lisa Packwood, says that Chris is the wonderful Ambassador. “We wish him well, and hope something gold, silver or bronze comes his way,” says Packwood. Other Subaru Ambassadors who have earned themselves the right to compete in London are: l Ky Hurst, above (Swimming) l Shane Perkins, Matt Goss, Shara Gillow (Cycling) l Emma Jackson (Triathlon) Check out the Shane Perkins interview HERE. “Selection allows you a very clear path to aim and train for the big day, which for me is August 7 in Hyde Park.” Congratulations Subaru ambassador, Courtney Atkinson, in action in the ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ triathlon in San Francisco. Pic: triathlon.competitor.com INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE NEWS MARKETING AFTERSALES PARTS & ACCESSORIES AMBASSADOR PROMOTIONS CYCLING LETTERS DEALER NEWS DEALER STATS
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