ABOUT

Courtney Atkinson at Coast to Coast New Zealand

COURTNEY ATKINSON

Life has revolved, in many respects, around the outdoors, both land and water. 15 years traveling the globe making a living as a professional triathlete with a few Olympic Games in there for good measure. I am simply a by-product of following the activities I grew up loving as a kid on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Currently, you’ll find me, running and exploring on bikes, foot, and water, while working on filming endurance and active tourism projects that through up new challenges with the goal to inspire others to connect with fitness and the outdoors.

When not spending time on my feet somewhere off the beaten track, I’m at home on the Gold Coast with my wife, Kinga, and kids Chloee and Leo…  or sometimes even off on micro adventures with them. Check out @AWOLFamily

STATS:

Born: Mackay, Queensland, Australia

Lives: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Weight: 68kg (Racing Weight 66kg)

Height: 176cm

Squats: 115kg

Drives: Subaru WRX STI

Kids: 2 (girl and boy)

Holiday Destination: Why go on holidays when I live on the Gold Coast, Queensland 🙂

BIT OF HISTORY…

Courtney started triathlon in the first years of high school around age 14 while attending The Southport School on the Gold Coast, Australia. He also represented the Queensland state as a kid in a variety of sports winning national medals across swimming, track, x-country and surf life-saving. Once finished his senior certificate Courtney went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Bond University, Gold Coast but was already spending time residing with the Australia national triathlon team in Europe at the age of 17 at the same time. Courtney often joked “while most kids were flipping burgers at Macca’s at high school I was out racing each weekend earning pocket money…and that drive to race still hasn’t stopped”.

As a professional triathlete, Courtney’s first significant result came winning the World Junior Championship in Montreal, Canada but where he made his Australian household name was in the living rooms around the country on Sunday afternoons. Where he dominating the televised summer Grand Prix triathlons winning 5 consecutive titles in the early 2000’s after taking over from Brad “the croc” Bevan someone whom he admits to growing up aiming to emulate.

This was the real beginning a successful career as a professional athlete where Courtney has been associated and represented a variety of some of the biggest companies in both the World and Australia including RedBull, Qantas, FedEx, Accenture, Uncle Toby’s, St George Bank, Subaru, Oakley, Rexona, Kathmandu, Tourism QLD over the years.

It didn’t stop there, over his career Courtney has won and placed at some of the largest triathlon’s on the globe winning the world’s largest triathlon “The London Triathlon” in 2010, Australia’s largest triathlon “The Noosa Triathlon” a record-equalling 3 consecutive years in a row (2008-10) and in 2012 finally made it to the race he possibly wanted to experience more than any other “The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon” where the beginning swim is in the bay of San Francisco a swim from the prison back to the city before completing the bike and run legs under the Golden Gate Bridge. Courtney finished a close second before making his way to Europe to prepare for the 2012 London Olympic games.

Joining the Australian Institute of Sports triathlon program in 2005, Courtney went on to become the number one Australian male at both the Beijing (2008) and London (2012) Olympic Games. While also accumulating 7 ITU World Cup win and 15 ITU podiums in his time racing in the Olympic version of the sport. 5 of those wins came in a unique fashion on the Island of Ishigaki in Japan where after winning the first time at age 20 Courtney went onto become undefeated on the island when racing a feat which is unbelievable in such a tough and variable sport.

Courtney married to wife Kinga in 2004 and states, without doubt, his biggest career accomplishments are his two children daughter Chloee and son Leo who both were born in 2006 and 2012.

Post-2012 Olympics Courtney pursued new challenges in an expanding range of elite endurance sport including off-road triathlon (Xterra), Adventure racing and focused on long-distance triathlons with great success. Courtney won at his first long distance start the Samui International Triathlon a grueling 6hr test of 4k swim, 120k Bike, 30k Run in the humidity of Asia before going on to win multiple Ironman events while exploring the adventure side of triathlon winning two Australian Off-Road Xterra championships.

Today you’ll find Courtney both with running shoes, camera’s and drones filming trail runs and adventures around the country. Still in peak fitness never too far away from rocking up to a major endurance race challenge.

As far as a racing resume goes…

Number 1 Australian from 2008 & 2012 Olympic Games3 x Noosa Triathlon winner but now just host the TV coverage
Australian Xterra Champion 2013, 2014
Won 5 from 7 contested 70.3 IM’s in past two years
and won a lot of ITU /and non-drafting triathlons over the globe in a 15-year career and a few Grand Prix Series Titles
6 x Australian Triathlon Champion
….. World Junior Champion a long time ago