Day and Miller lead the way ahead of Queensland Champs
Reigning Queensland ironman champion Ali Day has extended his red-hot summer form, securing a second career Nutri-Grain Series title at Wanda last week.
It continues a dream run for the Surfers Paradise athlete who won a record-breaking sixth Coolangatta Gold title in October, before securing his first World Ironman crown in November.
Day said the win had helped ease the disappointment of losing last year’s title to Matt Bevilacqua by just a single placing over the entire series.
“I stood on the beach last year and I was so upset,” Day said.
“I was so close and I put everything into it. I was almost too scared to put it all on the line again and go for broke because I was too scared of all that happening again.
“But I had some really good people around me who said: ‘You’ve got to keep doing it’.
“I did that pretty much from the day I got back from Cronulla last year.
“Now I’ve been able to win a second series.”
Day will line up at this year’s Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships with a shot at securing rare back-to-back ironman titles.
In the past 40 years, only three ironmen have managed to win back-to-back Queensland titles – Trevor Hendy, Zane Holmes and Shannon Eckstein – and the fact all three also have Australian and World Titles to their names shows how difficult it can be.
Meanwhile, in the Ironwoman, Northcliffe’s Georgia Miller produced the race of a lifetime to leapfrog club-mate Maddy Dunn and claim her first series title by just three points.
Miller trailed Dunn heading into the weekend, and needed to win the eight-woman final to give herself any chance of a maiden series title.
The 22-year-old Coolangatta Gold champion duly delivered and, in doing so, cemented her spot amongst the sport’s elite.