Courtney Hancock.
Courtney Hancock.

Our golden girl

COFFS Coast-raised surf star Courtney Hancock (pictured) was inspired by love for her late grandfather when she charged home to win the Coolangatta Gold at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast yesterday.

The funeral of local identity Ron Goodenough was held last Wednesday and the Iron Woman paid tribute in her victory speech to the former champion surf life saver who first encouraged her as a "water baby."

"I've been so emotionally drained," Hancock said.

"My grandfather, he was 90, but he was my best friend in the whole world.

"He was such an amazing swimmer and I probably got my ability from him.

"Basically he was one of the main reasons I started surfing."

Victory gave Hancock the triple crown, adding the Gold to her victories in the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain series and the Australian Iron Woman championship she won earlier this year.



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