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Early Years

Gillian grew up in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The warm South African climate coupled with an outdoor, sport orientated family ensured Gill would partake in numerous sports from a young age. A natural runner and swimmer saw the makings of what would become a move in to the sport of triathlon. Largely influenced by her father Ken, who has competed at numerous world triathlon championships and ultra marathons, along with her older sister Rowena who was also heavily involved in the sport, Gill competed in her first triathlon at the tender age of 9. In 1992, South Africa re-entered the international sports arena and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Gills dream of competing at an Olympic Games was born.

International Experience
Gill competed at her first World Triathlon Championships in Cancun, Mexico when she was 13 years old. She finished an impressive 5th in the 13-15 age group. Throughout secondary school, she continued to represent South Africa as a Junior Elite at World Championship level. Following high school, Gill enrolled in the prestigious Stellenbosch University to pursue a 5 year law degree, putting her triathlon dreams on ice, whilst continuing to run track and cross country. A 2 year law training contract at a law firm in her home town following the completion of her degree saw her resume triathlons, this time racing for a professional domestic triathlon team on the South African triathlon circuit. Balancing work demands, training and racing proved both challenging and rewarding.

Living in London
After completing her law training contract and subsequently working as a lawyer for 2 years, an opportunity arose to further her legal career in the city of London. A chance trip to Windsor coincided with the 2009 Windsor triathlon. Standing on the sidelines was not where Gill wanted to be, and with London hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, her dream of competing in the Olympic Games now seemed possible. In 2010, whilst still working full time in the city of London as a lawyer, Gill re-embarked on her triathlon career. Working and racing on the ITU circuit threw up huge challenges, and although exhausting, Gill knew this is what she wanted. The year was a huge learning curve, and a decision had to be made if she wanted to make her dream possible. Working full time was proving a huge disadvantage whilst competing against the best triathletes in the world.

Becoming a professional
At the end of 2010, following a tough year, Gill put her legal career on hold to go full time as a professional triathlete, the first time she had the opportunity to focus purely on her sport to see if she could one day fulfil her potential and make her dream a reality. The experience of 2010 coupled with her first solid off season of base training made for an exciting 2011. Gill raced all over the planet, from Japan to Mexico and a mere 18 months after going professional, Gill became 2012 African Champion and South African National Champion. The greatest achievement of 2012 was fulfilling her dream of representing South Africa at the 2012 London Olympics. Gillian is proud to call herself an Olympian and be part of the Olympic family.

Post London 2012
Following the of the Olympics, Gill focused firmly on her next challenge- the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and winning a medal. An amazing few days of competition saw Gill win a silver medal as part of the mixed relay team in the team triathlon event, one of the most watched events at the games. She continues to be one of the top ranked triathletes in the world and is focused on her next goal- the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

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