Queenslanders are celebrating following an epic finish to the 2014-2015 Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series in Newcastle yesterday, with several Queensland Cyclones team members wrapping up with outstanding overall results.
Liz Pluimers capped one of the most remarkable performances ever seen in the annual IronWoman competition, winning five of the six races in the 2014/15 series in what was an almost perfect campaign.
“It feels amazing. I couldn’t really ask for too much more than to win five out of the six races. The pressure was off going into that last race but I wanted to finish it in style,” Pluimers said.
She was closely followed by fellow Cyclones teammate Rebecca Creedy, who placed second overall.
Her achievement is even more incredible given her title defence of the Coolangatta Gold in late October – a race that has taken so much out of past winners it has all but destroyed their Nutri-Grain Series aspirations.
“At the start of the season I guess I didn’t really know if it would help or hinder but when you look at it, Rebecca Creedy and I were the only two of the girls to compete in the Gold and we finished first and second in the Nutri-Grain Series. I think the fitness we gained out of getting ready for Coolangatta was a big part of that,” she said.
Pluimers is now the proud holder of the 2014 Australian title, the Coolangatta Gold and the IronWoman Series crown. But there is one more goal she has on her radar – no one has ever won all three in the same season. She gets her chance at The Aussies 2015 on the Gold Coast in April.
Mooloolaba’s Matt Poole also finished the Ironman Series on a high, placing third on the podium.
Congratulations must also go to fellow Queensland Cyclones: Ky Hurst in fourth place and Tanyn Lyndon in ninth place. Rounding out the Ironwoman standings were Jordan Mercer in fifth, Maddy Dunn in sixth and Emma Dick in eighth.