Northcliffe’s Harriet Brown has come from behind in the final swim leg to win back-to-back Queensland ironwoman championships, while club-mate Caine Eckstein lived up to his pre-race billing as the man to beat on his way to claiming a maiden state title.
Their wins capped off a stellar performance from Gold Coast club Northcliffe, who took home overall honours and continued their unbeaten run which stretches all the way back to 2004.
Brown entered the final swim leg some 50 metres behind early leader Danielle McKenzie, but stormed home in the North Kirra surf to win her second consecutive title.
It was one of six golds she won across the weekend and Brown said she was really happy to have continued to strong form that helped propel her to a first win at the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IronWoman Series title last month.
“I’m really happy and I really wasn’t expecting too much from myself this weekend, but I’ve actually won six out of the six races I’ve done so far which is such a surprise,” she said.
“Dani McKenzie got so far in front in the board and ski leg and I knew that I had to try and catch her up in the swim. The swim leg being last kind of suited me in the end there.
“It’s a big confidence boost heading into Aussies, although most of the times that I’ve competed well at States I haven’t done so well at Aussies, so I’m trying not to think about that too much and just keep the momentum moving forward,” she said.
Meanwhile, five-time Coolangatta Gold champion Caine Eckstein took out his first Queensland ironman title ahead of Currumbin’s Jackson Maynard and Kurrawa’s Matt Bevilacqua.
Eckstein headed into the final as one of the favourites following the absence of brother Shannon and the withdrawal of Ali Day and Matt Poole, and he lived up to his billing with a strong race from start to finish.
“I’ve felt pretty good this week so I went into it confident that I was going to get a pretty good result,” he said.
“Definitely having my brother not there today probably made it a little bit easier but it’s always good to get a win, so I’m pretty stoked,” he said.
In other results from across the day, Maroochydore took home gold in the open female surf boat, while Currumbin won the men’s final.
Currumbin also tasted success in the open female Taplin final, with Northcliffe winning the male relay final.
Meanwhile Alexandra Headland’s Alyssa Bull led home Olympic teammate and Maroochydore’s Alyce Burnett in the open female double ski.
The 2017 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships have seen more than 1,600 competitors from across the state hit the surf and sand across three days of fast and furious action.
In the overall results, Northcliffe took the honours with Currumbin and Alexandra Headland rounding out the podium.
Meanwhile, Alexandra Headland won the handicapped point score ahead of North Burleigh and Currumbin.
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For Seniors’ results, please click here.
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For the full handicapped point score, click here.