Silver for Brodie in Coolangatta Gold event

PINK OR GOLD? Brodie Moir, left, and Courtney Hancock pose for photographers during the lead-up to the Coolangatta Gold yesterday. Moir finished second and Hancock third.
PINK OR GOLD? Brodie Moir, left, and Courtney Hancock pose for photographers during the lead-up to the Coolangatta Gold yesterday. Moir finished second and Hancock third. AAP

FORMER Far North Coast surf lifesaving competitor Brodie Moir finished second in the Coolangatta Gold on the Gold Coast yesterday.

Moir was the 2012 champion and finished behind Elizabeth Pluimers of the Gold Coast.

Pluimers had been on the podium four times but never won the event.

The former Northcliffe club champion had taken a year off in Europe backpacking for nine months after losing the love for surf racing.

She returned, realised how much she missed it and joined Moir at North Burleigh.

It was the fourth time Moir has entered the iconic event with the women racing the full 41.5km distance this year.

The prizemoney also increased from to $10,000 to $25,000 for first place for the women this year.

Moir grew up at Lennox Head and represented Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

She now represents the North Burleigh club.

Moir will compete in the upcoming Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series for the seventh consecutive season.

In the men's event yesterday, the Sunshine Coast's Ali Day won his second Coolangatta Gold.

The 23-year-old, who committed to the race only a week ago after battling shin splints, let out a victory yell as he lifted the finishing tape.

Day won the gruelling 41.8km race last year and his desire this year was fuelled by doubts about whether his injury-hit preparation would allow him to achieve back-to-back wins.

He completed the course of ski paddle, swim, paddle board and sand running sections in 3 hours 54 minutes 40 seconds to beat Nathan Smith (Cronulla) by six-and-half minutes, with his club-mate Josh Minogue (Mooloolaba) third another 20 seconds back.



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