HUNTING FOR GOLD: Hervey Bay's Matt Braban set to tackle the Coolangatta Gold on Sunday. Photo: File
HUNTING FOR GOLD: Hervey Bay's Matt Braban set to tackle the Coolangatta Gold on Sunday. Photo: File Nat Bromhead

Braban hoping to defend his title at Coolangatta Gold

MATT Braban says it takes guts, strength and luck to win the iconic Coolangatta Gold and if anyone would know it would be him.

The Hervey Bay 52-year-old has arrived on the Gold Coast to defend his 50+ masters crown.

He will take part in the 32km race on Sunday.

Braban was the inaugural winner of the oldest age category, which was introduced last year.

Despite heading into this year's event with a banged up knee, Braban said he was focussed on powering into a winning position again.

"I would like to get a podium finish and hopefully win it," he said.

Having first tackled the gruelling endurance race in 1984, Braban said he had fond memories of the race.

"It's a fantastic race because it's an ocean race and there are not too many of them in the world," he said.

"You've got to be able to push yourself mentally.

"This is the sort of race that sorts out the ones who do have it and the ones who don't."Braban didn't intend on lining up in this year's Coolangatta Gold, but an invitation from event organisers swayed him to return for his sixth start.

Whether he goes around for a seventh time Braban said would depend on how well he goes on Sunday.

"We'll just have to wait and see," he said.

"I'm getting older and there are a few younger guys coming through, but it will depend on how I go with my injuries."



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