Gold Coast ironman on track to win title

Gold Coast ironman Shannon Eckstein (main picture) is a favourite to take out the Nutri-Grain IronMan Series on the Sunshine Coast this weekend for an eighth time.

The Northcliffe competitor is currently sitting on 94 points.  Nearest rivals are Kendrick Louis and Matt Poole in equal second spot on 75 points each.

Eckstein just has to compete in order to stay ahead of Poole and Louis even if they win.


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Even though Shannon has just about stitched up the Series win, he is not getting ahead of himself.  “I’m excited at the possibility of winning the Nutri-Grain Series for an eighth  time but at the moment I’m just focussing on Coolum as an individual race,” said Shannon.

“I’ve been on the podium every race this season so I want to continue that and finish strong at Coolum and if all things go to plan then the Series win will be amazing.”

courtney hancock

Courtney Hancock (pictured) is looking to keep her number 1 spot in order to make it 3 x Series Champion. Courtney is sitting on top of the leader board with Liz Pluimers and Kristyl Smith both hot on her heels.

“I’m feeling strong and I’m determined to stay at the front. I’ve trained incredibly hard this season and the results have been great, I just want to keep that momentum going,” said Hancock.

It has been a different story for veteran racer, Wes Berg who for the first time in his Nutri-Grain Series career may not automatically qualify. Wes has been plagued by injury this season and has to fight it out with Tanyn Lyndon for sixth spot.

“It has been hard this year racing under par. I’ve struggled with a coccyx and shoulder injury and it is frustrating to have to compete when you know you are not at your best. Having said that I have still managed to stay in contention and I will be fighting hard this weekend for that qualifying sixth spot,” said Berg.

Also determined to make the top 6 is Tanyn Lyndon, one of the youngest competitors in the Nutri-Grain Series.  “I’ve been really consistent  this year and I’m happy with how I’ve been racing but I have to do even better this weekend to make sure I can go through to next year’s Nutri-Grain Series.”

“It will be tough to beat Wes as he is so experienced  but I’m just going to concentrate on my own race and not let the pressure of having to qualify get on top of me.” said Lyndon.