Our guest is British based South African triathlete Gillian Curr Sanders who is aiming for her third Olympic Games in 2020 before she retires after 10 years as a pro. Gillian grew up in Pietermaritzburg, and took up triathlon in her youth under the influence of her father and older sister, who both competed in the sport. After competing internationally in age group and junior competition Sanders put her triathlon career on hold whilst studying law at Stellenbosch University, where she competed as a 1500m runner. She resumed triathlon competition after graduating as a lawyer, combining it with legal work. Sanders chose to focus on full-time competition at the end of 2011. A year later she competed in her first Olympic Games in London 2012. She is a Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist (team relay) from 2014, two-time South African National Champion in 2012 & 2014 and two-time African Champion in 2013 & 2014. Gillian is also passionate about encouraging girls to stay in sport after they graduate and is an ambassador for the South African group Girls Only Project We spoke to Gillian in Tokyo where she was preparing for the Olympic Test Event this week.
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