Name: Stephanie Burstall
I dream to make it to the elite woman’s professional triathlon circuit. I continue to make many sacrifices including balancing study commitments with a heavy training load as well as managing illness and injury. The Aim for the Stars will be used to assist with travel costs to get to competition and the purchase of the right training and competition equipment. This is all to assist my progress on the path to achieving my dream to represent Australia as an international level athlete in Triathlon.
When did you start?
When I was 12 years old I gained an interest in distance running as my dad ran marathons and my brother had been competing in cross country events. Although I loved running, I gave the sport of triathlon a go at the age of 14 in 2009 when my brother began competing in multi sport events. This event suited me a lot more and although I struggled with swimming to start with, I stuck with it, and became much more competitive at the age of 16.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement would be gaining top 10 places at national level for the past two consecutive years and competing at worlds, despite the challenges of overcoming illness.
What is your dream?
Compete amongst the best female triathletes in the world.
Who or what have inspired you?
Athletes like Anna Meares and Erin Densham who push forward and never give up despite the challenges of illness and injury inspire me to keep trying my best, and fight back when you get knocked down.
Who's your hero?
I don't have one specific hero, I however look up to people whether it be sporting, cultural, or academic who work hard for their achievements and make sacrifices to get to the top.
Any other special talents?
I listen to a very broad range of music, I am a serial song changer
A good comedy, no favourites
To Kill a Mockingbird
Favourite TV Show?
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
Hopefully a new bike is on the horizon
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
It is never too late to be what you might have been