Day win a boost ahead of Aussies
MOOLOOLABA ironman Ali Day says he does not want to get ahead of himself but admitted his ironman title win at the Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships yesterday put him in good stead for the Aussies.
The 21-year-old stormed up the beach to take the race in a sprint finish from six-time Nutri-Grain Series champion Shannon Eckstein at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast.
The contest was a seesawing affair and Day admitted Eckstein was unlucky not to cross the line first. Eckstein, 28, copped waves on the board and the ski, opening the door up for Day.
Former NSW ironman champion Day said it was a surreal feeling to finish in front of Eckstein, who he grew up admiring.
And after finishing second in the 2011-12 Nutri-Grain Series, Day said he would head into the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in two weeks time with the wind at his back.
"It does put me in a good frame of mind for the Aussies," Day said.
"I don't want to get ahead of myself. The Aussies is the pinnacle for our sport in this country, everyone wants to do well there. It's your last chance to do well before the off-season. Everyone wants to have a good off-season and have a chance to relax so doing well there is important."
Day won three gold at the Queensland championships, also helping the Mooloolaba team to victory in the board relay and lifesaver relay.
Ironman great Trevor Hendy, 43, enjoyed a successful return to top flight competition, finishing 12th in the 16-man ironman final. Day admitted being nervous lining up alongside Hendy.
Northcliffe's Liz Pluimers took home first in the ironwoman, along with five other gold medals.
Northcliffe finished on top of the pointscore with Mooloolaba in second place with home club Kurrawa rounding out the top three.
Noosa was the next best placed Sunshine Coast club in fifth spot.