The 2015/2016 Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series will again comprise six rounds, with rounds 1 and 2 kicking off at Coolum, Sunshine Coast QLD on November 28 and 29; rounds 3 and 4 at Newcastle, NSW on December 19 and 20; and finishing with a much anticipated return to Sydney, with the final two rounds to be held at Cronulla, NSW on January 16 and 17.
Contest Director, Zane Holmes, said it was important we take the Nutri-Grain Series to a variety of locations to showcase the sport to local communities.
“These are some of the fittest athletes on the planet, all possessing incredible surf skills. These venues give us the opportunity to witness intense racing in demanding surf conditions at spectator-friendly locations. We want to inspire young Australians to experience the excitement of these unstoppable lifesavers competing at the most elite level,” said Holmes.
The last time Sydney hosted the renowned event was 2010 at Bondi. Sutherland Shire Mayor, Kent Johns is delighted that Cronulla will be hosting the final rounds. “This is a great coup for the Shire. The Shire is home to the best beaches in the world and this is a great opportunity for families to come down to Cronulla Beach, enjoy this fantastic free event and witness some elite athletes in action.”
Lord Mayor of Newcastle Nuatali Nelmes said, “It is a privilege to again be selected to host two rounds of the series at Newcastle Beach cementing our city as one of Australia's top locations for both events and water based competitions. Newcastle always welcomes these inspirational sporting heroes and we are thrilled that we get to provide the opportunity once again.”
At a time where nipper numbers are surging, Sunshine Coast Mayor, Councillor Mark Jamieson said, “The sport of surf lifesaving has a long and proud history on the Sunshine Coast and we’re very excited to host the opening two rounds of the Nutri-Grain Ironman Series with the sport’s premier competitors to battle it out on Coolum Beach.”
“It’s a venue that I know is very popular with our ironmen and women.”
“This weekend of elite competition will come hot on the heels of the International Surf Rescue Challenge that will be held at Maroochydore in early September.”
“Next year we’re also very excited to mark the centenary of Surf Life Saving on the Sunshine Coast by hosting the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships that will bring an estimated 22,000 visitors to our region.”
Eight-time Nutri-Grain Ironman Champion Shannon Eckstein said, “The Nutri-Grain Series is the pinnacle of our sport. The field gets tougher every year, but I am determined to get my ninth win this season.”
Three-time Nutri-Grain IronWoman champion Courtney Hancock, who finished a disappointing 4th last summer said she was focussed to return to number one.
“I was devastated with my form last year, but I’ve changed my preparation and have been more motivated than ever before to produce a winning result,” said Hancock.
Jeci David, Nutri-Grain’s Senior Brand Manager, said he was thrilled with the ongoing partnership between Kellogg and the Nutri-Grain IronMan Series, “We are so proud of the association we have with these amazing athletes, and we look forward to a sensational season of racing. These athletes are truly unstoppable in their sport, and we look forward to the whole nation witnessing inspirational performances from all of them.”
2015/2016 Nutri-Grain IronMan Series and IronWoman Series Snapshot:
Rounds Dates Locations
One November 28 Coolum Beach, QLD
Two November 29 Coolum Beach, QLD
Three December 19 Newcastle Beach, NSW
Four December 20 Newcastle Beach, NSW
Five January 16 North Cronulla Beach, NSW
Six January 17 North Cronulla Beach, NSW
2015/16 Nutri-Grain IronMan Series - Coolum
28 November - 29 November
Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast Wide
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