Teenage guns get ironwoman wildcards
The Sunshine Coast will have a mighty presence in the prestigious Nutri-Grain Series after two of the region’s gun teenage lifesavers gained wildcard entries.
The Coast already boasted a stellar five athletes in the series, all from Alexandra Headland, but will now have seven following the announcement of Noosa’s Electra Outram (19) and Maroochydore’s Tiarnee Massie (19) to the female field.
Massie competed in two rounds last year, finishing sixth and 16th while Outram didn’t feature.
They’ll join Alex Head talents Cooper Williams, Tayla Halliday and Emma Woods who earned their places in the famous iron competition after impressing in the qualifying rounds at Kingscliff over the weekend.
Alex Head teammates Tiarrn Raymond and Lana Rogers had already secured their spots for the six round event after finishing inside the top 10 last season.
With the first round of the series kicking off in two weeks-time, defending Ironwoman champion Lana Rogers said she was excited to finally be back racing.
“I’m just so excited to be back doing some real racing as well as being live on Channel 9,” Rogers said.
Having just switched Surf Life Saving Clubs to Alexandra Headlands SLSC, Rogers said that the team environment had been great and there was a real excitement in the air among the newly qualified athletes.
“I’m really loving the team environment – I caught up with a bunch of them yesterday and they’re all really excited to get to be able to race,” Rogers said of her Alexandra Headlands SLSC teammates.
“It’s great for the Sunshine Coast, we haven’t had this many athletes in the series for quite a while, so it’s great for the coast and for so many of them to be from Alexandra Headlands.”