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.
GREAT START TO THE KNG SERIES FOR BMD NORTHCLIFFE
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.
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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.