Sawtell’s surf lifesaving sisters Bonnie and Courtney Hancock are considered a big chance by many to succeed in the Ironwoman series which begins this Sunday.
Sawtell’s surf lifesaving sisters Bonnie and Courtney Hancock are considered a big chance by many to succeed in the Ironwoman series which begins this Sunday. HARVIE ALLISON

Sisters aim for gold

IRONMAN legend Guy Leech has tipped former Sawtell prodigies Courtney and Bonnie Hancock to continue their great early season form in this Sunday’s opening round of the IronWoman Series at Currumbin on the Gold Coast.

Leech, who is this year’s race director, believes the Hancocks, who now compete for Northcliffe on the Gold Coast, will benefit from their strong showings in the Coolangatta Gold earlier this month.

Courtney, 22, finished as runner-up to Mooloolaba’s Alicia Marriott, while 20-year-old sister Bonnie was an impressive fourth – her best performance at that level.

But Leech said if either of the Hancock’s were to win it was their Coolangatta Gold nemesis they would have to beat.

“Alicia was awesome in the Coolangatta Gold and most of the top girls were in that race so I think if you can get over the top of her you will be pretty close to winning this one,” Leech said of the one-hour Ironwoman event.

“There will be a number of the girls out there to prove me wrong and the Hancock sisters are at the top of that list along with Liz Pluimers and, of course, Kristyl Smith.

“I really think the Hancocks should have taken a lot out of the gold, both physically in fitness and mentally, because they stayed with Alicia for a long way.

“Time will tell if they have recovered well enough and are in the right frame of mind to challenge Marriott again.”



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