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Gilmore sets eye on crown

THE 2009 ASP Women's World Tour start is just over a week away with the Roxy Pro set to fire up at Snapper Rocks.

Local hopes will be high with two-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore from Coolangatta looking to collect her third consecutive ASP Women's World Title.

“Second time around, the title has definitely sunk in quicker and having experienced the process that follows winning a world title this time last year, I've really been able to enjoy the attention, rather than be overwhelmed,” Gilmore said.

“This season feels great. After the celebrations settled down mid-January, everything is now completely fresh and I'm really utilising my time at home to get stuck into some training and surfing the Snapper and D'Bah as much as possible.”

Despite possessing a wealth of local experience at her home break of Snapper Rocks, Gilmore's track record at the opening event of the year has been less than stellar since claiming victory as a wildcard in 2005.

“Having bad results here the last two years hasn't ever affected my year-end result, so I'm quite at ease with the first event,” Gilmore said.

“I feel about 40-years older than the new rookies,” Gilmore said.



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