Coolum will host the fifth round of the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman series on February 12, with some of Australia’s best surf lifesaving competitors battling it out for the ultimate prize in their sport.
Recognised as one of the most gruelling ocean-based competitions in the world, the Ironman and Ironwoman series features a mix of formats that will show the best of each competitor’s endurance and sprint qualities.
See some of Australia’s favourite Ironman and Ironwoman competitors in action, including Shannon Eckstein, Matt Poole, Zane Holmes, Caine Eckstein, Ky Hurst, Courtney Hancock and Elizabeth Pluimers.
The series will climax with the sixth and final round at Noosa’s Main Beach on February 19.
February 12, Coolum, Queensland
Kellogg's Nutri-Grain IronMan Series and IronWoman Series season unveiled
Tourism Noosa has secured back to back rounds on the Sunshine Coast for the staging of the 2011/12 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain IronMan Series and IronWoman Series.
The series that will begin at Surfers on December 18 and come to a climax in Noosa on February 19, 2012 will feature six races this summer - up one from last season.
Other venues include big wave haven Portsea (January 8), a secret NSW location (January 22), a three-day festival in Perth (January 29) and the penultimate event in Coolum (February 12).
Along with the new venues there will be several new formats mixed in with traditional favourites like the eliminator and triple sprint.
The Perth round will feature a 22km 'Super Enduro' race, while the Coolum event is an 'Accumulator' format pitting competitors together in individual swim, board, ski and short course ironman races.
Marketing and Media Director, Diane Ainsworth said the northern region would host two of the six events - at Coolum and Noosa Heads.
"The Sunshine Coast is famous for its beaches, surf culture and great outdoors lifestyle and iconic events like this really showcase what's great about our region to a national and international audience," Ms Ainsworth said.
"Tourism Noosa is proud to support the series because it attracts visitors, providing vital support to our tourism industry and the local jobs and local businesses that depend on it.
"Events as large as the Nutri-Grain Series will further cement both Noosa and Coolum on the tourism map and we look forward to showcasing what we have on offer.
"The Ironman and Ironwoman series is recognised as one of the most grueling ocean-based competitions in the world and last year each race attracted an average television audience of more than one million people. We are working and negotiating with Organisers to ensure we can further leverage this year’s series including pursuing further media opportunities. Ms Ainsworth said."
Series co-promoter and former ironman champion Guy Leech said the schedule posed a challenge for all athletes with an even mix of endurance and sprint qualities necessary to take the title.
"We have a real mix of formats this year with the Super Enduro, Enduro, Eliminator (two), Accumulator and Triple Sprint races at venues that are likely to throw up some surf or provide knife edge shoulder to shoulder racing," Leech said.
"We have also updated the pointscore system to put more emphasis on winning and placing in the top three so that both race wins and consistency are rewarded."
Network Ten is once again pleased to be the official broadcast partner of the 2011/12 series. All six rounds will be broadcast across Australia on Network TEN from 2-5pm Sundays with replays scheduled for broadcast on ONE.
As a further coo to the region Surf Life Saving Australia will conduct the trial event for seven qualifying positions in the 2011/12 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain IronMan Series and IronWoman Series (27-28/8) next weekend in Noosa.
The 2011/12 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain IronMan Series and IronWoman Series is proudly supported by Kellogg's Nutri-Grain, Network Ten, Eventscorp Western Australia, Events Queensland, Noosa Tourism, Surf Life Saving Australia and the Surfers Paradise Alliance.
2011/12 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain IronMan Series and IronWoman Series
December 18, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Januaray 8, Portsea, Victoria
Format: Triple Sprint
January 22, Secret Location, NSW
January 29, Perth, Western Australia
Format: Super Enduro
February 12, Coolum, Queensland
February 19, Noosa, Queensland
Six races - one more than last summer
20 IronMen and 20 IronWomen - 10 automatic qualifiers from the 2010/11 season, 7 successful triallists, 3 wild cards (one women's wild card as already been granted to Hayley Bateup)
Qualified IronMen - Shannon Eckstein, Matt Poole, Zane Holmes, Caine Eckstein, Hugh Dougherty, Wes Berg, Ali Day, Ky Hurst, Rhys Drury, Mitch Miller
Qualified IronWomen - Courtney Hancock, Elizabeth Pluimers, Alicia Marriott, Kristyl Smith, Gemma Newbiggin, Amy Nurthen, Allira Richardson, Brodie Moir, Rebecca Creedy, Bonnie Hancock
Pointscore system - 25 for first place in a round, 22 for second, 20 for third, 17 for fourth, 16 for fifth, 15 for sixth and so on
Nationional television coverage of all rounds on Network Ten in the 2-5pm slot
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