Georgia Miller will be out to defend her Australian surf life saving ironwoman title when she arrives on the Sunshine Coast.
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Ironwoman sensation Georgia Miller is well poised to defend her Australian surf life saving ironwoman title after today dominating the semi-finals to book her spot in Saturday’s final on the Sunshine Coast.
Miller was unable to defend her crown in 2020 after the Aussies was cancelled due to COVID-19.
While it’s been two years since she won her maiden Aussies ironwoman title, Miller said the anticipation had been building.
“It’s amazing to be back on the beach at Aussies,” Miller said.
“It’s the pinnacle of our sport so to miss it last year was really tough. But it’s great to be back.”
The Australian surf life saving championships run from April 16-24, with the elite competitors averaging 12 races a day as they battle qualifying rounds and take part in individual and team events in a bid for national glory.
Miller has her sights firmly set on a second national ironwoman title.
“We’ve got a big few days coming up so hopefully I can keep the momentum going,” Miller said.
“I’ve just got to make sure I’m recovering well so that I’m ready to race at all times.
“To go back-to-back would be incredible. But in saying that, I haven’t really taken much time to think about it yet. I’ve just been taking it one day at a time.”
It’s an all-star field in the ironwoman event, with former Australian ironwoman champions Lana Rogers and Courtney Hancock and former under-19 Australian ironwoman champion Lizzie Wellborn among the final field.
Miller had worked for many years toward winning the Australian ironwoman crown, taking out the junior title twice before she made it to opens.
She says the Aussies for any surf life saving clubby is the pinnacle of the sport.
“I remember when I did my first Aussies as a junior, and watching the open ironwoman and being in such awe. It’s the blue ribbon of our sport along with the Taplin Relay,” Miller said.
“It means so much to me that I’ve been able to win one, and it almost eases the pressure a little. But I’d love to go back-to-back. That would be so special.”
In the ironman final it will be reigning ironman champion Ali Day who’ll be the one to beat as he aims to take out his first-ever Australian ironman crown, the only title to have eluded him throughout his career.
He’ll come up against tough competition when he lines up alongside former ironman series champions Matt Bevilacqua and Matt Poole.
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