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Brown takes the crown on Ali’s day at State Champs

Northcliffe’s Harriet Brown has led home a star-studded field to take out a maiden Queensland ironwoman title at North Burleigh on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

It capped off a strong day for Northcliffe, with the club also taking out a 12th straight title at the event.

Brown came from behind to take out the event ahead of club-mate Courtney Hancock and Nutri-Grain IronWoman Series champion Jordan Mercer of Noosa Heads, and said the win was a great way to cap off the Championships.

“My aim was to try to get out as hard as I could and then see if I had anything left, and I was lucky to catch a few little waves so I didn’t have to fight and do a sprint finish because I think if I’d had to I would have had nothing left,” Brown said.

“There was a big sweep, and it was pretty tough trying to go into the wind but we’ve been paddling in this kind of stuff all weekend so we knew what we were up against. It was tough, but I’m really happy,” she said.

In the ironman final, Surfers Paradise’s Ali Day prevailed in the tricky conditions to take out his second Queensland title ahead of Noosa’s Jack Moyes and Northcliffe’s Caine Eckstein.

“Last year at the state titles I got knocked out in the heats so anything better than that was a bonus for me, so to get the win then was unreal,” Day said.

“That was pretty unexpected for me. I think a bit of luck got me through, but I’ll take that and I’m happy at the moment. I wouldn’t say I had the best preparation coming into it, but I just tried to have a positive outlook on the whole weekend.

“I was lucky enough to win States a couple of years ago and ended up having a really good Aussies. I’m really loving being a part of Surfers [Paradise] and really looking forward to taking this momentum through to Aussies,” he said.

Currumbin’s Karlee and Amy Nurthen teamed up with Alicia Bain to take out the open female Taplin relay.

“Currumbin’s never won a girls’ Taplin final at states before, so it was incredible, and it was a really good race,” said Karlee.

“It’s pretty tricky conditions out there, you can get hit at the back bank and it can be so powerful, and push you back from first to last. So it’s all skill and a bit of luck, and we got a little bit of luck but we’ve definitely got some skills with these girls.

“I think we’ve got a pretty good team here, so hopefully we can win another one for Aussies,” she said.

Alexandra Headlands took out the open surf boat final ahead of Tugun and Maroochydore, while Tallebudgera won the women’s open surf boat ahead of Kurrawa and Currumbin.

Former Australian ironman champion Cameron Cole won the surf board race final, while Rebecca Creedy won the open female surf board.

In the overall stakes Northcliffe finished the championships on 459 points, streaking ahead of Currumbin (306 points) and Kurrawa (280).

For full results from across the weekend, visit lifesaving.com.au/sport/carnival-results/

To view video highlights of today’s action on YouTube, please click here.

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