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Eckstein Claims 8th Ironman Series Crown

The final round of the Nutri-Grain Ironman Series was certainly full of thrills, spills and plenty of action all round yesterday at Coolum Beach. The competitors were met with very tricky conditions with big seas and very strong wind. 

BMD Northcliffe athletes fared better than most with our girls filling all 3 podium spots in the final race. It was a sprint finish between clubmate's Harriet Brown & Maddy Dunn but youngster Maddy Dunn had the legs in the final sprint to take the win. Maddy's win helped her secure an automatic qualification in to next year's series. Courtney Hancock was 3rd on the day which was enough to claim the overall series for a third time in her career. The series nearly slipped from her grasp after nearly being eliminated in the first race going in to final swim leg in 13th place with only the top 10 going through to the final. Courtney remained composed and put in a gutsy swim to come out of the water in 10th claiming the last spot for the final. Kristyl Smith's 7th place and Rebecca Creedy's 9th place was enough to secure them automatic qualification in to next year's series.

In the men's race, Shannon "The Professor" Eckstein put in a dominant performance to claim victory on the day as well as seal an unprecedented 8th Ironman Series crown. Shannon only had to complete the first race to secure the series but that wasn't enough for him going on to win the race very comfortable allowing him to enjoy the moment with the crowd and his family as he crossed the line. This would have to be one of the most dominant performances in history with 4 wins and 2 runner ups over the 6 round series.
Young gun Tanyn Lyndon cemented himself as a star of the future with his 4th placing securing him automatic qualification for next year's series. Caine Eckstein didn't have a great day being eliminated in race 2 but his 9th placing was also enough to keep him in the top 6 for automatic qualification.

Eckstein Set to Add an 8th Ironman Series Title

Its almost inevitable that Shannon Eckstein will add another series title to his belt as he holds a 19 point lead with only the final round remaining of the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series. Eckstein only needs to complete the course to claim the series victory. After a controversial finish in Round 3, which saw Shannon with a face full of sand 10 metres from the finishing line, Shannon bounced back to take back to back victories in Round 4 and 5.

In the womens series, Courtney Hancock holds a 7 point lead over North Burleigh's Elizabeth Pluimers after she claimed victory in Round 5. Kristyl Smith is sitting in 3rd place with Rebecca Creedy in 4th and Maddy Dunn in 5th.

For accumulated points after 5 rounds, click here.

The final round will be held on the 23 February 2014 at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.


Shannon Eckstein & Courtney Hancock have certainly picked up where they left off last season, after the defending champions had a successful weekend of racing to claim the top of the ladder after 2 rounds. 

Courtney dominated, winning both rounds over the weekend. In round 1, treacherous conditions saw race organisers reduce the girls race to just the swim / board legs, siting safety concerns. Kristyl Smith showed her experience to finish in 2nd place and youngster, Maddy Dunn, a credible 4th. In Round 2, conditions had subsided and the ski leg was reintroduced for the eliminator format. This made little difference for all rounder Courtney, with another comfortable win, ahead of Maddy Dunn in 2nd, proving she will be a force to be reckoned with this season. Kristyl Smith displayed her consistency with another podium finish in 3rd place. After the 2 Rounds, Courtney leads with 40 points, ahead of Kristyl on 32 and Maddy on 30 points.

In the men's races, Shannon came away with a victory in very testing conditions in Round 1. Brother, Caine finished 5th and Tanyn Lyndon rounded out the top 10. In Round 2, Shannon showed consistency finishing 2nd behind Newport's, Kendrick Louis. Shannon still remains on top of the table on 37 points, 2 points clear of Louis. Caine Eckstein is in 5th place with Tanyn Lydon in 7th place.

Round 3, 4 & 5 will be held at Newcastle beach on the 14th & 15th December.

Click Here for Men's Results & Series Ladder
Click Here for Women's Results & Series Ladder

Fatal Incident Statement

It is with sincere sadness that I regretfully advise you of the unfortunate and untimely passing of one of our young members.

Jerry Dennis, a 17 year old member, was participating in a Club training session on a flat water canal at Mermaid Waters when it appears he came off is board soon after training had commenced at 4.00pm. Jerry was not able to be recovered from the water for some 45 minutes as fellow members, as well as members from Mermaid Beach SLSC systematically searched for him.

Jerry was a well liked young man with so much before him. He was a talented swimmer with a skill set destined for future success. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jerry's family and everyone that knew him. Our members have lost someone dear to them and we as a family are grieving the loss of this fine young man.

Counseling has commenced for those involved in yesterday's tragic incident. If any member requires further counseling, please call the club as soon as possible so we can arrange it. Details with regard to funeral and memorial dates and times will be distributed as soon as know.

David Shields
Club President

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