Voted by her peers on the last day of school to be the most likely to win gold medal at the Olympics, Casey Atkins (Hillbrook 2016 graduate) was selected in the Australian team in 2018 for the Triathlon World Championships held in September and podiumed with the silver medal position.
Competing in the Olympic distance race of a 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run, Casey collapsed over the line to take out the silver medal after leading for two and a quarter hours of the race, only to be passed in the last km of the run leg by a competitor from Mexico. Thirty minutes in the medical tent saw her remember her name and be back up and ready to support her team mates.
The Silver Medal gives Casey automatic qualification for next year’s World Championships in Switzerland.
Her dad Steve said “Between her second year of an Exercise Physiology Degree at the University of Queensland, working and a six day a week training and race schedule, the supportiveness and life preparedness that Hillbrook imparts in their students has always been appreciated.”