Title within Hancock's reach
FORMER Sawtell surf lifesaver Courtney Hancock is homing in on the first IronWoman Series title of her burgeoning career.
Tomorrow brings the final round of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IronMan Series and Hancock has built herself an almost unassailable lead.
The 22-year-old holds a six-point lead over defending champ Alicia Marriott so the local girl only needs to finish in sixth position or better tomorrow at Noosa to claim the prestigious title.
Hancock is yet to win a race this summer but her position at the top of the points table is a reward for an ultra consistent series.
In the four previous rounds this series, Hancock has twice finished second and finished in third position in the other two rounds.
Leading into tomorrow’s all-important double-point round, Hancock said that she is comfortable going into the race with the leader’s black jersey and says a win would be the highlight of her career so far.
“I am very happy to have a lead going into the last round and I have been pleased with my consistency over the first four rounds,” Hancock said.
“My tactics will be the same as every other race, where I have tried to be up the front with the leaders in every leg.
“I’ve had some good results in the past but to win the series is something I’ve always wanted and would be a dream come true.”
Hancock’s younger sister, Bonnie, is currently sitting in the ninth position on the points tally and will be aiming to finish inside the top 10 to ensure a start in next summer’s series.
Action at Noosa Heads gets under way just after midday tomorrow.