State of Origin star Scott Hill.
State of Origin star Scott Hill.

Dream team ready for ironman event

HE has already been tested in the furnace of Origin and international rugby league but Scott Hill is not ready to make the jump to ironman just yet.

The former Australian, NSW and Melbourne Storm five-eighth will make his surf lifesaving debut tomorrow in the mixed team's event at the iconic Coolangatta Gold.

Hill will complete the 3.5km swim leg for the “Natural Athletes” team consisting of mates Currumbin surf-shop JM Surf owner Justin Mitchell (board), NAB's Queensland private wealth general manager David Pourre (ski) and his colleague Shane Barker (run).

The team will also have the benefit of perhaps the most high-profile team of handlers in the history of the Gold, with swimming legend Kieren Perkins and Gold Coast V8 driver Jamie Whincup carrying the drinks for the foursome.

“For me, it's a chance to be part of a team environment again,” he said. “I've been doing it for 15 years, but not in an extreme test-your-body kind of way.

“I know 3.5km isn't far, but it's not a short distance. But I enjoy swimming and I'm looking forward to testing myself.”

Barker has been one of the big improvers of the group, shedding 35kg for the race, but Hill had immersed himself in serious training for the event too.

While he had yet to complete a 3.5km swim in the lead-up, he has regularly swam 3km from Kings Beach to Moffat near his home at Caloundra.

The 46.65km open men's team event from Kurrawa to Coolangatta and back starts at 7am.



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