Name: Juliana Bahr-Thompson
Juliana is young and vibrant and as well as currently studying for a double degree her goal is to gain her professional triathlon licence. After overcoming many obstacles to get where she is today including being hit by a car, Juliana made the difficult decision to move away from family to train with some of the best athletes in the world. She works three jobs to support her current triathlon ambitions and the support from the Aim for the Stars Foundation will assist with training, travel and race costs enabling her to maintain a focus on her dream.
When did you start?
First race was 2006. Did have 3 years off during 2006 – 2012 due to health
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
Leading the swim at the 2009 World Championships and coming off the bike in 2nd overall.
What is your dream?
To race professionally in Continental Cups, World Cups and turn this passion into a career.
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero?
I have a few; Mum, Cathy Freeman, Layne Beachley, Bek Keat, Laura and Greg Bennett, Luke McKenzie and Belinda Granger
Any other special talents?
Ex-gymnast and still bust my flips and am world ranked for aerobics.
Anything upbeat, techno, club, dance, alternate & good chill out beats
Favourite TV Show?
I absolutely love the TV series True Blood
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
The grant will assist my trip to Europe as well as replacing my bike computer that just died. It will also be used to cover bike and body maintenance.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, an hour, day or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit however, it lasts forever.