Australian Champions again!!
BMD Northcliffe continued its dominance at the 2013 Australian Championships with a hard fought win to regain the Aussie title - its 9th straight.
The competition kicked off with success in the Open Patrol Competition with Damien Moffrey and his team winning their 12th straight Gold. Kathryn McKenzie then backed up to win Gold in the Open Female Champion Lifesaver event.
Both Male and Female Open Surf Teams won their events with female team members also gaining medals in alternate races: Eliza Smith (silver) and Miranda Bell (bronze) in the Open Female Surf Race, and Courtney Hancock contesting a close race to win the Open Ironwoman with Harriet Brown coming in third.
The Open Men's Taplin blitzed the field to take regain the title they have held since 2007. A great team effort from all members - Shannon Eckstein, Dev Lahey, Murray Stewart, Tate Smith, Mark Bint and Cory Hill.
The Master's team had a convincing win over Noosa in the pointscore. Spearheaded by Lee Vrolyks with a record haul of 11 gold medals, the win was never in doubt as the Masters won by 65 points.
Qld Champs - 10 in a Row!!!
Congratulations to BMD Northcliffe for taking out their 10th consecutive QLD Senior Championships on the weekend held on the Sunshine Coast.
BMD Northcliffe dominated the major finals with wins in both the Open Male & Open Female Double Ski, Murray Stewart, Joel Simpson and Tate Smith went 1, 2, 3 in the Open Male Single Ski, Courtney Hancock, Miranda Bell, Eliza Smith and Harriet Brown filled the top 4 positions in the Open Female Surf Race and Dev Lahey claimed gold in the Open Male Surf Race. In the Open Ironwoman, Courtney Hancock claimed silver with Harriet Brown in 3rd. Harriet also added a silver to her haul in the Open Female Board Race while Mark Bint claimed Bronze in the Open Male Board Race after leading for the entire race. Shannon Eckstein won silver in the Open Ironman and added a gold in the Restricted Surf Race. Our Open Male Boat Crew also had a great weekend claiming Bronze.
We finished the carnival by dominating the Open Male and Female Taplin Relays. The boys had a convincing victory while the our girls claimed both gold and silver.
Our Masters only had a small contingent make the trip to the Sunshine Coast where the local clubs dominated. Hopefully we will have our full contingent for Aussies in a few weeks time and the tables can turn.
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The Professor on Top After 3 Rounds
Shannon "The Professor" Eckstein is back to his best, leading the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series. Shannon had a victory in Round 1 in Perth, a 3rd in Newcastle and then claimed victory again on the weekend at Portsea in the Triple Sprint Format. Shannon shared the leaders jersey with Matt Poole after Round 2 but now sits on top, 32 points in front of Ali Day. Mitch Miller, has remained consistent throughout the first 3 rounds despite slicing his toe on the starting ramp at Newcastle. Mitch currently sits safely in the top 10 in 7th place. Rookie, Jake Nicholson sits in 16th place and Cory Hill is yet to get on the board due to injury ruling him out of the first 3 rounds.
In the Telstra Ironwoman Series, Courtney Hancock remains consistent with a 2nd in round 1, 4th in round 2 and another 2nd place in Portsea. She currently sits in 3rd place on the progressive pointscore. Harriet Brown is sitting in 6th place overall after her 4th placing at Portsea bumped her up a few positions. Bonnie Hancock is currently in 12th after competing on an injured foot at Portsea.
The Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series and Telstra Ironwoman Series heads to Queensland for the final 3 rounds on consecutive weekends commencing Saturday 9 February at Surfers Paradise.
For information go to http://surfironmanseries.com/