Wright claims distance bronze

TOUGH: Former Culburra product Alex Wright. Photo: Surf Life Saving Australia

TOUGH: Former Culburra product Alex Wright. Photo: Surf Life Saving Australia

FORMER-Culburra Beach’s Alex Wright continues to prove why he is regarded as one of the top up and coming ironmen in the country.

The 19-year-old overcame the elements to place third at the iconic Coolangatta Gold elite category at the weekend.

Kiama-product Ali Day (3:54:29) crossed the line in the 41.8km endurance test more than five minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Matt Bevilacqua (Kurrawa), with rising talent Wright, who now trains out of Alexandra Headland, third. Day’s win puts him one victory short of the record. held by Caine Eckstein.

In the elite women’s race, Northcliffe’s Courtney Hancock battled to hold back tears as she won her second title in the surf lifesaving marathon ahead of Allie Britton (North Burleigh) and Rebecca Creedy (Kurrawa).

In the 30-39 years event, Chad Poland from Nowra-Culburra claimed first, in a time of 4:40:18, ahead of G. Coltman (North Curl Curl) 4:45:23 and T. Jennett (Wollongong City) 4:48:43.

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