Gold Coaster Shines in Luke Harrop Memorial

Gold Coaster Ashleigh Gentle has won the Luke Harrop Memorial triathlon on the Gold Coast yesterday.

Struggling with a slight cold, Gentle was looking to regain some confidence after a crash at last weeks’ opening world series race in Auckland.

Gentle, a former winner of the Luke Harrop Bursary a couple of years ago, said she was proud to take part in the race that honours the memory of Harrop, who was killed by motorist during a training ride in 2002.


“When I’m not here it’s always disappointing to miss out but I was fortunate enough to be on the Coast this weekend and I wanted to come down and have a hit-out,” Gentle said.

Our Commonwealth Games triathlon team is set to be named on Thursday and Gentle is looking good to be named in the team and make her debut in Glasgow.

”I guess the Commonwealth Games is something which I’ve aimed for a long time,” she said.

The 23 year old has trained her heart out in her bid to be named in the 2014 Games squad.

Gentle also has another reason to celebrate. Boyfriend Josh Amberger won the men’s division of the Luke Harrop race.

Harrop’s sister Loretta also competed yesterday, in the event her family calls a “celebration” of Luke’s life.