Some of the world’s fittest and fastest athletes will battle it out at Broadbeach across three days of racing at the 2019 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships.
This year’s line up includes multiple Queensland, Australian, and World Champions, who’ll face off in their quest for glory.
In the ironman, six-time Coolangatta Gold champion Ali Day will be looking to become just the fourth person in the past 40 years to win back-to-back state titles. But he’ll face tough competition from the likes of six-time world champion Shannon Eckstein, and former Nutri-Grain Series champions Matt Poole and Matt Bevilacqua.
In the ironwoman, defending champion Courtney Hancock will line up at Broadbeach in search of her fourth career Queensland title. However club-mates Georgia Miller and Maddy Dunn have been in red hot form this summer, while reigning Australian champion Lana Rogers will also be eager to make her mark.
There isn’t much in the sport that Courtney Hancock hasn’t achieved. With a resume boasting multiple Queensland and Australian titles, three Nutri-Grain Series, and three Coolangatta Golds, it’s easy to see why she’s regarded as one of the sport’s premier athletes.
Maddy Dunn won her first Nutri-Grain Series round at just 18 years of age, and has since emerged as one of surf lifesaving’s most consistent performers. She’ll line up at Broadbeach full of confidence after another strong summer of racing.
Over the past 12 months Kurrawa young gun Brielle Cooper has well and truly stamped herself as a genuine superstar, with a series of dominant performances helping secure a breakthrough title at last year’s Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series.
Club: Noosa Heads
Noosa’s Lana Rogers continues to forge a reputation as one of surf lifesaving’s toughest competitors. One of top swimmers in the field, Rogers stormed home at last year’s Australian Championships to take out a maiden national ironwoman title.
Years of hard work paid off for Currumbin’s Karlee Nurthen when she broke through to win the world ironwoman and board titles late last year. The dual world champion will be eager to add more gold to her collection at Broadbeach.
An incredible run of form over the past 12 months has seen Northcliffe’s Georgia Miller secure her first Coolangatta Gold crown, win six gold medals for Australia at the Lifesaving World Championships, and claim a round win at this year’s Nutri-Grain IronWoman Series
Club: Surfers Paradise
Ali Day showed his class at last year’s Coolangatta Gold, taking out a record-breaking sixth title at the gruelling event. The reigning world ironman champion has been in top form over summer, and will be looking to win back-to-back Queensland titles.
With eight Australian titles and six world titles under his belt, it’s easy to see why Shannon Eckstein is widely regarded as the greatest ironman of all time. He’ll be lining up at his last Queensland Championships after recently announcing his retirement from professional racing.
A five-time Coolangatta Gold champion, Caine Eckstein is widely viewed as one of the endurance kings of ironman racing. In 2014 he broke the Guinness World Record for the most number of pull-ups completed in both 12 and 24 hours.
A nail-biting win in the 2017 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Series saw Matt Poole achieve a lifelong ambition, and strengthen his place amongst the sport’s elite. Another big summer of racing has the veteran well-placed and ready to strike heading into the Queensland Championships.
Kurrawa’s Matt Bevilacqua continues to emerge as one of the sport’s top competitors, with four paddleboard world titles and a Nutri-Grain Ironman Series already to his name. He’ll line up at Broadbeach in search of a second Queensland ironman title.
A renewed focus on surf lifesaving has paid dividends for Ben Carberry, following a stint in rugby league. Carberry returned to the surf this summer and immediately impressed, showing his class with a number of strong performances in the Ocean6 Series.