The opening three rounds of the Ocean6 proved absolutely vital for athletes hoping to become series professionals. The promotion to series professional grants a golden ticket through to the final of the remaining three rounds, skipping the grueling qualification process of added cutthroat and high-pressure racing, athletes can now focus and prepare for the fast paced final of each round. Alongside a guaranteed spot in the final, the pros can focus on getting valuable points on the board to give them a shot at overall series success.Image: Max Brooks will be glad to bypass the dreaded qualification process. Back in Round Two he had to do three M-Shape Iron’s just to line up for the Sunday Final where he went on to an incredible second place.
The Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series saw six professional spots up for grabs to join the top six from last year’s series, making a total of 12 series professionals heading into the final three rounds. The successful challengers included TJ Hendy, James Lacy, Max Brooks, Nath Gray, Jay Furniss and Hayden White in the men and Brielle Cooper, Danielle McKenzie, Jemma Smith, Lana Rogers, Lizzie Welborn and Jordy Mercer in the women. Those athletes unsuccessful in reaching professional status will still have a chance at the action with eight spots up for grabs at each remaining round.
|Nutri-Grain IronMan Series Professionals:||Nutri-Grain IronWoman Series Professionals:|
|1||Matt Poole||Harriet Brown|
|2||Shannon Eckstein||Coutney Hancock|
|3||Kendrick Louis||Karlee Nurthen|
|4||Ali Day||Maddy Dunn|
|5||Luke Cuff||Georgia Miller|
|6||Matt Bevilacqua||Rebecca Creedy|
|7||TJ Hendy||Brielle Cooper|
|8||James Lacy||Danielle McKenzie|
|9||Max Brooks||Jemma Smith|
|10||Nathan Gray||Lana Rogers|
|11||Jay Furniss||Lizzie Welborn|
|12||Hayden White||Jordan Mercer|
Image: Both TJ Hendy and Brielle Cooper didn’t leave qualification up to chance, both excelling and sitting in second place overall respectively!
The remaining individual Ocean6 water events saw only three professional spots up for grabs. These were taken in incredible fashion with athletes dominating their pet events and ensuring they reached professional status. Matt Bevilacqua, Lizzie Welborn and Ollie Signorini both have two race wins under their belt while Ben Carberry amd Danielle McKenzie have featured consistently on the podiums in the ski series. Stay tuned to see how these athletes progress in the final three rounds!
|First National Real Estate Board Race||First National Real Estate Board Race|
|1||Matt Bevilacqua||Lizzie Welborn|
|2||Nicholas Malcom||Harriet Brown|
|3||Luke Cuff||Danielle McKenzie|
|4||Rhys Burrows||Georgia Miller|
Image: The Round Three podium makes up the board series professionals alongside Rhys Burrows who was on equal points with Luke Cuff!
Image: Georgia Miller denied Lizzie the chance to win three from three, becoming a series professional in the process!
|Kennards Hire Men’s Swim||Jolyn Women’s Swim|
|1||Oliver Signorini||Naomi Scott|
|2||Ky Kinsela||Maddy Dunn|
|3||Daniel Collins||Lani Pallister|
Image: Alex Headland’s Lani Pallister won both the Run Swim Run and Surf Race in Round Three!
|Ocean6 Men’s Ski||Ocean6 Women’s Ski|
|1||Ben Carberry||Danielle McKenzie|
|2||Sam Norton||Devon Halligan|
|3||Jett Kenny||Bonnie Hancock|
Image: Danielle McKenzie claims professional status across the Ironwoman, Ski and Board in what is an incredible feat!