Australian Courtney Gilfillan has several strings to her bow. Not only is she a top-class professional triathlete, but also a journalist, model and actress as well.
Courtney has been competing on the triathlon circuit since 2007, turning professional some three years later. Her early triumphs included age-group victories at the 2008 BG World Championships and the 2009 ITU World Championship Grand Final.
After turning professional, Gilfillan earned a silver medal at the 2011 Singapore ITU Triathlon and the 2015 Mooloolaba Triathlon Oceania Cup. Her first endurance victory came at the 2015 Challenge Forster event over the 70.3 distance
A respectable fourth-place finish in her first IRONMAN 70.3 event at Sunchine Coast in 2018 was followed up a year later by her first victory on the 70.3 circuit in Japan in 2019. Then came an excellent third-place finish in the Philippines, while another notable victory arrived at Challenge Asia-Pacific in 2019.
That maiden 70.3 success in Japan earned Courtney a spot in the field for the 2019 World Championship in Nice, which would have been her first international long-distance race. Sadly though, she was forced to pull out due to urgent family commitments. She has thought targeted qualification again in future years.
Courtney has always excelled at whatever she has put her mind to away from triathlon. She has a diploma in communications and a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Bond University, and is also a company director via her business FIT4ALL. Not forgetting that experience as a model and an actress.
Endurance excellence clearly runs deep in the Gilfillan genes, as Courtney initially fell in love with the sport after watching her mother Karen compete at the 2003 World Championships in New Zealand. Her father meanwhile is a former steeplechaser.