Our own men of iron in Nutri-Grain series
FAR North Coast surf lifesavers Nathan Gray, Tanyn Lyndon and Jy Timperley all qualified for the eliminator final in the second round of the Nutri-Grain Ironman series at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast yesterday.
The trio were knocked out in the eliminator style format before the final 10-man race was taken out by Ali Day.
Timperley qualified after winning his first-round heat on Saturday while Gray and Lyndon had to do it the hard way through a repechage round and 22-man third round in the Ocean 6 Series.
It was the first event of the year for Lyndon after missing the first round in Sydney due to a wedding in Ballina last month.
Timperley is new to the series and the Byron Bay teenager has made a promising start after recently moving to the Gold Coast to train full-time.
Gray is at the Surfers Paradise club with TJ Hendy, who won the first round of the series on debut.
Meanwhile, Day proved himself in the shorter format, with most of his wins having come over longer distances.
"To be honest I thought this was going to be my weakest format and I was quite nervous during the week,” Day said.
"I really wanted to prove to myself that I can do well in big surf and short racing, and today's win is a real personal victory.
"We all want to race in big surf and tough conditions and I felt really relaxed in the warm-up.
"I just trusted that I have the skills and the fitness, and I just had a lot of fun out there today.
"It's a special feeling.”
The next round of the series will be crucial with the six top ranked non-professionals gaining auto- matic qualification for the rest of the series.
The six professionals are Matt Poole, Shannon Eckstein, Kendrick Louis, Luke Cuff, Matt Bevilacqua and Day.
Brielle Cooper, 18, of the Gold Coast won the women's event yesterday.