Second-time father Courtney Atkinson is taking baby steps of his own as he tries to make his case for Olympic selection.
Atkinson returned to triathlon competition on Sunday with a straightforward win at the enduro-format event in Caloundra, Queensland.
The race was a 400m swim, 7km cycle and 1.8km run, followed by another 200m swim, 7km bike and 1.8km run in hot and humid conditions.
The women were given a head start of four minutes and 50 seconds over the men and Olympic squad member Emma Jackson crossed the line first in 44 minutes and 52 seconds.
But Atkinson posted the fastest time of 40:10, four seconds ahead of Ryan Fisher.
Beijing Olympian Erin Densham was second in the women’s race, 37 seconds behind Jackson and nine seconds up on British triathlete Liz Blatchford.
The win continued a good start to the year for Atkinson, whose wife Kinga last month gave birth to Leo, a brother for their daughter Chloe.
The Beijing Olympian is determined to show that his disastrous form last year is behind him and that he belongs in the team for the London Games.
“I just love racing, but last year, for the first time in 13 years, I had a really bad year and it was really hard,” Atkinson said.
“But today has proved that it is the first step for me, in an Olympic year, to show that my form is here and I’m looking forward towards London come August.
“I hate making excuses, so put simply last year was a shocker, but I haven’t lost it, it’s still there and I’ve got a few big months coming up in regards to selection.
“It’s baby steps at the moment.”
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