‘Cutthroat’ racer Courtney Hancock has her eye on the prize this Sunday

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AWAY from the sand she’s all glitz and glamour — pink nails and designer dresses.

But in the surf, Courtney Hancock is a different proposition. She’s relentless and talented.

A cutthroat racer. When her eye is on the prize, there’s little that can stop the Northcliffe champion.

“I’ve got my nails glittery pink and I’m getting my hair done but when I hit that start line, all the girliness is behind me,” Hancock said.

“I’ll still always stay myself when I race. I’ll always be easygoing and someone who races fairly.

“But I definitely have that fire and determination to win. I’ve always had that inside me. I wanted to be the top ironwoman.

“I guess you could say there’s two parts to me. I’m quite an easygoing, fun person then on the other side, I do get quite serious.

It’s quite funny watching myself on TV. I really get in that zone. Most athletes have that.”

It’s why Hancock finds herself on the cusp of a third Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series title heading into Sunday’s final round of the series at Coolum.

The 25-year-old holds a seven-point lead over the returning Liz Pluimers with an eliminator finale on the Sunshine Coast to decide which one of them claims a third series title. It’s been Hancock’s most dominant series. She has won three of the five rounds and never been off the podium.

The former Coolangatta Gold and Australian ironwoman champion is brimming with confidence.

“I’ve really put myself in a fantastic position,” she said.

Veteran Kristyl Smith, who’s never won a series, is the only other ironwoman in contention but she’s 17 points behind Hancock and needs a miracle.

It would be back-to-back titles for Hancock if she can salute at Coolum but Pluimers won’t give it up easily, though. She’s been in hot form after taking last summer off and loves the eliminator format.

“You have to make sure you get through each round and have something left to push it home in the final race,” Pluimers said.

“It’s probably my favourite format.”

(article credit: Gold Coast Bulletin)

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