Alexandra Headland lifesaver Cooper Williams will aim to requalify for the Nutri-Grain ironman series this weekend. Picture: Warren Lynam
Alexandra Headland lifesaver Cooper Williams will aim to requalify for the Nutri-Grain ironman series this weekend. Picture: Warren Lynam

Iron test: Williams looks to requalify for Nutri-Grain series

Alexandra Headland lifesaver Cooper Williams says he can’t wait to finally put months of training to work as he attempts to requalify for the Nutri-Grain ironman series.

The 20-year-old will hit the surf and sand of Kingscliff alongside more than 100 other athletes all looking to snare just one of seven male and female spots in the qualification round this weekend.

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Williams enjoyed his first full-time ironman series last year but after finishing outside the top 10 (19th) he’s been forced to battle through the qualification process again.

“It was a big eye-opener (last year),” he said.

“I had such a good race in the second round (fifth) and wasn’t too good for the rest of the season.

“But, I just feel that if I can get in for another year and have a bit more experience off last season hopefully I’ll be able to be a bit more consistent and feature in the title race.”

Williams has only contested two races since last season due to COVID-19 and will race for the first time at Kingscliffe.

“It’s (form) a bit of the unknown I guess,” he said.

“(But) It’ll be good to kick it off and put all this training to work and I guess get back into it.”

Cooper Williams in action during the Surf Lifesaving Interstate Championships at Alexandra Headland Beach in January. Picture: John McCutcheon
Cooper Williams in action during the Surf Lifesaving Interstate Championships at Alexandra Headland Beach in January. Picture: John McCutcheon

He said it had been good to train with a few fellow clubmates that would be taking on the qualification round and had faith in the “process”.

“It’s good to get a gauge of those guys and we’re all pushing each other so we know that we’re going to be in good stead for this weekend.”

Across both Saturday and Sunday athletes will test themselves on a range of courses varying from short to longer style traditional iron races as well as taking on an M Shape course.

Heats will take place on Saturday with the top 20 males and females progressing through to the finals on Sunday.

“The (qualification) trials are always the hardest,” Williams said.

“Just the pressure that you put on yourself and others put on you to perform is big.

“But, you go out there and if you know you’ve done the work, and if everything goes right, you should be there featuring in the series.”

Among a number of Sunshine Coast lifesavers set to compete are Tayla Halliday, Tiarnee Massie, Adam Palmer and Matthew Palmer.


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