Coolangatta Gold puts the toughest to the test
AUSTRALIA'S toughest surf lifesaving event, the Coolangatta Gold, was one to remember on Sunday.
The 12th Cooly Gold men's event was taken out by Sunshine Coast man Ali Day and the women's title by North Burleigh local Brodie Moir.
Day made the event look easy coming out ahead of his training partners Alex Tibbits and Josh Minogue giving the Mooloolaba club a clean sweep in the 45km open men's race.
The 22-year-old was stoked to take out the title.
"This is something I've always dreamed of," Day said.
"I've never won something this big."
Day was the runner-up in this year's Kellogg's Nutri Grain series."I'll never forget this day," he said after claiming the $20,000 first prize.
"You don't really do this race for the money; you do it for the title.
"There were six or seven guys in the field that could have won and everything worked perfectly for me.
"This is the one I've always wanted to win.
"It's hard going into the race as favourite and I'm so happy to have won. I'm almost speechless."
Moir, on the other hand, had to race it out against defending home champion Courtney Hancock in the final kilometre stretch.
The 26-year-old pulled through for the biggest win of her career thus far.
"I've never won such a big event, it's really special," the 26-year-old said.
"The best I've ever done before was second at the nationals this year in the board race, so this is by far the biggest race I've ever won.
"I've trained for 15 weeks aiming for this race and I felt really good in the run.
"When I tried to sprint, I knew if Courtney could go with me she would probably win but I was able to get away from her."
For the first time in the event's 12-year history it started and finished in Coolangatta.
The day saw little wind and small waves giving competitors the perfect conditions.
Results: Top 10
2012 Coolangatta Gold: Sunday October 14: Gold Coast: Long Course: Men:
Alastair Day 03:47:25 Alex Tibbits 03:52:33 Josh Minogue 03:54:33 Michael Booth 03:55:29 Matt Bevilacqua 04:00:38 Tom Trembath 04:01:32 Sam Fuller 04:01:48 Cameron Gordon 04:03:25 Jake Nicholson 04:05:55 Daniel Booth 04:11:43
Ben Marshall 04:20:07 Brent McKinnon 04:21:23 Luke OGarey 04:22:03 Ryan Flaherty 04:30:18 Joe Dougherty 04:33:15 Julian Norton-Smith 04:35:17 Gavin Johns 04:40:57 Scott Tierney 04:42:37 Paul Cromack 04:43:51 Bradley Cummins 04:52:52
Paul Patrick 04:33:02 Craig Burke 04:33:36 Carl Greenhalgh 04:37:03 Michael Manton 04:43:19 Travis Minns 04:52:47 Roger Souter 04:57:21 Christopher Walker 04:57:34 Peter Hall 05:01:08 Dean Blond 05:03:17 Craig McDonald 05:04:27
Short Course: Men:
Jake Little 03:21:06 Scott Sewell 03:37:37 Jake Walsh 03:41:10 Timothy Elsmore 03:53:18 Paul Davis 03:56:58 Christopher Morgan 03:59:36 Nick Edmonds 03:59:37 Brett Gillies 04:00:17 Shane Baird 04:05:47 Mick Herden 04:06:20
Kim Harker 03:28:35 Glen Lawrence 03:31:46 Ian Wright 03:38:54 Matthew Braban 03:42:27 Don Marsh 03:50:23 Anthony O'Connor 03:56:55 Derry McGaffin 03:59:31 Stuart Sherman 04:01:05 Peter Hynes 04:02:48 Gavin Stewart 04:03:51
Max Brooks 03:08:09 Lachlan O'Grady 03:14:00 Benjamin Zuill 03:15:00 Cooper Halligan 03:15:59 Lachlan Reid 03:17:51 Fletcher Davies 03:18:06 Lindsey Lawry 03:20:50 Jye Rogers 03:21:40 Hayden Williams 03:21:45 Zachary Orchard 03:22:36
Open: Brodie Moir 2:58.13 Courtney Hancock 2:58.51 Bonnie Hancock 3:01.33 Hayley Bateup 3:04.47 Tara Coleman 3:06.25 Kelly-Ann Perkins 3:06.40 Jordan Mercer 3:08.42 Teisha Jenkins 3:10.54 Crystal Maruna 3:17.12
Michelle Kent 03:53:45 Nadine McCubbery 04:01:44 Tamiel Benjamin 04:04:23 Simone Elliott 04:05:32 Paula Stone 04:12:26 Ruth Kelly 04:17:04 Melanie Driscoll 04:18:18 Dana Richards 04:18:47 Allison Bonetig 05:01:47 Jane Tranberg 05:09:23
Heli Murray 03:52:28 Kimberley Fleming 04:17:12 Kym O'Halloran 04:23:42 Jodi Kappler 05:01:03
Alyssa Bull 03:28:06 Olivia Hall 03:37:23 Brooke Neumann 03:38:31 Dahlas Rogers 03:40:50 Lara Moses 03:43:44 Brooke Eacott 03:45:08 Riley Maynard 03:45:23 Peta Newbold 03:50:55 Sally Watson 04:17:21 Carla Westwood 04:21:08