Gillian Clayton

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Gillian Clayton lives in Comox, BC, and works part time as a physiotherapist. Previously a CIS gold medalist varsity soccer player, Gillian started running marathons in 2004. She taught herself to swim in order to complete in her first half-Ironman in 2010. Gillian raced as a professional triathlete in 2012 — and won the 2012 Ironman Canada — after just 2 years of racing as an amateur in triathlon.

In 2013, she and her husband welcomed a beautiful baby boy into their life, and then their second boy in 2016. She raced 'for fun' while pregnant, doing short distance triathlons! As a new mom, Gillian has a new perspective on life and sport, and is frequently writing about her efforts to balance training, racing, and mom-hood.

Some of her top achievements include:

  • Women’s Amateur Winner & 5th place overall in Ironman Canada 2011
  • Top 50 Women’s finish at Ironman World Championship 2011 (with a top 3 women’s fastest run split) 2011
  • Ironman Canada Pro Women’s Champion 2012
  • Vancouver 1/2 Iron Champion 2012 
  • 12th place ITU Elite World Championship Long Course Triathlon 2012
  • 3rd place in Ironman Mt. Tremblant
  • 4th place in Ironman St. George
  • 5th place in Ironman Lake Stevens
  • 4th place Goodlife Victoria Marathon 2012
  • 12th place Goodlife Victoria Marathon 2014
  • 10th place GoodLife Victoria Marathon 2016
  • 1st place 5th St Mile race, Courtenay BC (with a broken arm!) 2014

With a dedicated training schedule amongst mom-ing, working, and everyday living, Gillian is a strong advocate for chocolate milk as part of her recovery regime. "When I train to compete, I train a lot – 20 hour training weeks mean I am constantly sourcing out chocolate milk. It is a big part of my hydration – I might as well hydrate and fuel at the same time. When you do as many double and triple sessions as a triathlete, having something that aids recovery and gets you on to the next workout sooner is crucial.”

You can find Gillian on Twitter, YouTube and her blog.


The Pregnant Athlete

Anyone wanting to know what it's like to hustle with a belly-bean, here's a snapshot of what my active pregnancy looks like so far.

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Footsteps and Heartbeats

With Mother’s Day coming, Super Ambassador Gillian tells us how being a mom has changed her as an athlete and how she’d like to spend the day.

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Into the Crevasse

Super Ambassador Gillian Clayton shares how she learned to redefine “personal best” as an athletic parent.

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