Moir making move up ladder
THE ironwoman world has opened up for former Byron Bay SLSC competitor Brodie Moir.
Moir has enjoyed a fine Kellogg's Nutri Grain series and currently sits in sixth spot leading into the final round at Noosa on Sunday.
If she performs strongly there the current Northcliffe SLSC member could finish the season as high as third place.
You would think the 25-year-old would be feeling on top of the world with where she sits in the ironwoman pecking order.
And she was feeling great up until last Sunday's fifth and penultimate round at Coolum where a paddling error meant she finished in 12th place.
"I was in the top five all season up until then," Moir said.
"But I made a mistake and lost my ski.
"It wasn't bad luck, it was my own mistake and little things like that can really cost you."
The slip up has made Moir hungry to bounce back in Sunday's final round where a lot will be on the line.
"The leaders, Krystal Smith (95 points) and Liz Pluimers (94), will have all guns blazing and so will I," Moir said.
"Mathematically I can still finish third overall but the water is generally flat at Noosa so it will be hard.
"I got ninth there last year and I don't mind flat conditions.
"I've done the work and I feel fit."
It has been a big 12 months for Moir.
Her performances in the Nutri Grain series come after victory in the NSW Ironwoman Championships at Kingscliff in March.
Her recent efforts ensure she will head into next year's series full of confidence even if she misses out on the coveted overall third place position after Sunday's meet.
"I'm already so excited about next year," she said.
"I know I can go better and I improved this year.
"I want to be in the top three overall in the 2013 series.
"Hopefully you'll hear a lot more about me."
Moir was quick to throw her support behind Candice Falzon who won the last round at Coolum.
Falzon was the subject of much gossip fodder in 2007 after she was caught in a toilet cubicle with high-profile rugby league and union star Sonny Bill Williams.
Falson used her breakthrough win to silence her "haters" who had ridiculed her efforts as a ironwoman in the wake of the scandal.
"It was great to see Candice win," Moir said.
Meanwhile, Moir said she is enjoying her hard training sessions at Northcliffe.
"I train with the boys there which makes it tougher," she said.
"But it's good to have people running out in front and you feel good when you catch them.
"I've done a lot of running with Pat O'Keefe at Northcliffe and he knows his stuff.
"I ran well at Perth (in round four to get sixth) and Surfers Paradise (in round one to get fourth, her best Nuti Grain ironwoman finish).
"Getting fourth at Surfers gave me a lot of confidence because it got my season off to a good start."
Moir said her former Byron Bay coach Glen Lawrence is "one of the best coaches I've had".
"He was so good at teaching technique on boardcraft which is why I'm good in that area," she said.
Moir will contest the ironwoman event in the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Kurrawa from March 26 to April 1.
She came seventh in the Australian titles last year.