Surf life saving star Courtney Hancock wants repeat success | Courier Mail

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WITH killer looks and a resolve to match, Courtney Hancock is surf life saving’s total package. The Sawtell, NSW, junior who now calls the Gold Coast home will be out to rewrite the record books when the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironwoman series starts at Surfers Paradise tomorrow.No longer just the glamour girl of the sport, the 23-year-old Northcliffe star is already the first athlete in history to claim Australian surf life saving’s triple crown: last season’s Kellogg’s series, the Australian Ironwoman title and the prestige Coolangatta Gold.

She wants to be the first to go back-to-back.

While she loves nothing more than frocking up to show off her girly side, Hancock – a qualified beauty therapist – will be all business once she dons her pink swimsuit for tomorrow’s season-opening endurance race.

The pink theme has been a trademark since childhood but after some research she discovered it was more than an aesthetic attraction.

“I looked it up once and it actually represents quiet and feminine, which reflects my personality, but pink also creates calm, which is where you want your mind to be when you’re competing,” she said.

Despite Hancock’s dominance on the beaches last summer, she still has some unfinished business.

Although she won the overall ironwoman series, she has never won an individual event, leading to some unfair criticism that she was a paper champion.

It is something she hopes to rectify tomorrow.

And in news sure to give her opponents cold sweats, she believes she is only going to get better.

“I went through my races last year and I still made mistakes in every race,” the meticulous trainer said. “I have improved a lot since then and I think I can be better.”

She listed clubmates Liz Pluimers and Kristyl Smith as her main rivals this season.

The women’s race will be followed immediately by the men, with defending champion Shannon Eckstein aiming to keep a horde of challengers, including his brother Caine, at bay.

The six-race series winds up at Noosa on February 19.

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