COURTNEY Hancock has vowed not to let her luckless run bring her down, declaring she still has the belief and determination to win this summer’s Telstra IronWoman Series.
Hancock’s series took a turn for the worse when her board was snapped in half courtesy of a freak wave in round four at Surfers Paradise on Saturday.
Hancock was in second place at the time but had to settle for 11th as she lost valuable time returning to shore to retrieve a new board.
The misfortune comes after Hancock failed to record a round win in the first half of the series despite finishing runner-up in two of the first three rounds.
The 2010-11 series champion can not put her finger on what has gone wrong this season and is just hoping her luck changes before it’s too late.
“I’ve put all the hard work in and I’ve done everything I possibly can to get ready and things just haven’t gone my way,” Hancock said.
“The best way to put it is I haven’t had a perfect race yet this season.
“But in saying that I’ve re-evaluated things and I still have a chance of winning the title. I’ve just got to keep that confidence there and still believe that I’m still the same athlete I was last year and the year before.”
Despite her hapless run and poor end to last season’s series, the Northcliffe ironwoman feels she is better equipped to finish off the summer strong this year.
And the 24-year-old’s desire to win the series is stronger than ever.
“Physically I feel fantastic and mentally sometimes people question if you want it as much this year,” Hancock said.
“You look at the Coolangatta Gold, the series and the Aussies and the series is the one I want so much this season.”
Trailing series leader Naomi Flood by 52 points, the third-placed Hancock said she needed to win the last two rounds to be any chance of surpassing Flood and Brodie Moir.
And despite Saturday’s incident still being fresh in her mind, Hancock was hoping for more big surf in round five at Coolum this Sunday.
“In all my time in the surf, be it racing or training, that was the biggest wave I have ever come up against on Saturday,” she said.
“I don’t get scared of anything and I thought I could tackle it and unfortunately I came up and got back on my board and started sinking.
“Even though I broke my board and got smashed I still love the big surf and the crowd loves it and it’s awesome for the series. If we can get some more big surf I would be happy to get another chance.”
Source: Gold Coast Bulletin