Corrin qualifies for the Nutri-Grain Iron Woman Series in Australia

She is the first woman from the district to make the grade

She is the first woman from the district to make the grade

DREAM REALISED: Gisborne’s Olivia Corrin has joined a select group of New Zealand surf athletes to qualify for the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series in Australia. She won both days of the trials held at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast at the weekend. She is pictured at the trials (front, centre). It was the realisation of a childhood dream, from the days when she was a Midway “nipper”. Picture supplied
Surf Lifesaving Junior Champs-Olivia Corrin, Kate Blakeman (Midway) U'14 Tube Rescue
NZ Surf Lifesaving Champs - Olivia Corrin (Midway Ist U'16 Board)

MIDWAY surf lifeguard Olivia Corrin has become the first woman from this district to qualify for the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series in Australia.

Nineteen-year-old Corrin won two trial days held at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast at the weekend.

On Saturday, she and 45 other women took part in the first trial in a bid to qualify for the series. She finished at the head of the field.

Corrin then moved into Sunday’s second trial with 19 other athletes, and won that as well.

In all, six of the 20 athletes, Corrin included, will compete in the women’s Nutri-Grain series this season. It starts in November.

She top-qualified for the series with first, second and third placings across the three ironwoman events on Sunday.

“The reasonably flat surf conditions suited her,” proud dad Dave Corrin said yesterday.

“Olivia had targeted next season to make the ironwoman series, and to do it a year ahead of plan was definitely an outstanding achievement.”

Corrin said she was excited to race and then do so well on Day 1 of the trials on Saturday.

“I was super nervous, though, at the start of Sunday’s trials, but I knew I had nothing to lose.

'So I went out and put it all on the line'

“So I went out and put it all on the line.”

Corrin won the under-19 ironwoman title at the New Zealand championships this year and was named Gisborne surf lifesaving’s open sportswoman of the year.

She joins open sportsman of the year Cory Taylor, also from Midway, who competes again in the ironman series.

Corrin competes for Queensland club Northcliffe, as well as Midway.

“Definitely the swim legs were my strong legs during the weekend’s racing,” Corrin said.

“My board legs were pretty good too.”

What she achieved at the weekend was still sinking in, she said.

“I’m just so excited to have made it.

'It's been a dream . . . since I was a nipper at Midway'

“It’s been a dream of mine to race in the series since I was a nipper at Midway.

“I would like to thank my mum and dad, Suzanne and Dave, and all my coaches who have helped me along the way.”

Mairangi Bay’s Danielle McKenzie is the other New Zealander in the 2019/20 Nutri-Grain IronWoman series.

Former Midway club member Devon Halligan, while not from Gisborne, is another with links to this area to have competed in the series.

Taylor, Corrin and Cory Hutchings are the only Gisborne athletes to have made it into the series.

Over the course of five rounds, 20 of the best male and female athletes will compete for the glory of being crowned a Nutri-Grain IronMan or IronWoman champion.

The traditional “iron” racing format involves a ski, board and swim leg with a run leg in between each discipline.

The first round of the 2019/2020 Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series will start with the Coolangatta Gold.

This year’s new-look series will also involve an invitational Iron X event, that mixes new obstacles and craft disciplines with traditional elements of iron racing.

The Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series is made up of five rounds of elite racing, and a stand-alone Iron X event —

Round 1, Coolangatta Gold, October 13: Coolangatta, QLD.

Round 2, Nutri-Grain Series, November 17: Burleigh Heads, QLD.

Round 3, Nutri-Grain Series, December 1: Bulli, NSW.

Round 4, Nutri-Grain Series, December 15: Surfers Paradise, QLD.

Round 5, Nutri-Grain Series, January 19: North Cronulla, NSW.

Nutri-Grain Iron X, January 27: Mooloolaba, QLD.

MIDWAY surf lifeguard Olivia Corrin has become the first woman from this district to qualify for the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series in Australia.

Nineteen-year-old Corrin won two trial days held at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast at the weekend.

On Saturday, she and 45 other women took part in the first trial in a bid to qualify for the series. She finished at the head of the field.

Corrin then moved into Sunday’s second trial with 19 other athletes, and won that as well.

In all, six of the 20 athletes, Corrin included, will compete in the women’s Nutri-Grain series this season. It starts in November.

She top-qualified for the series with first, second and third placings across the three ironwoman events on Sunday.

“The reasonably flat surf conditions suited her,” proud dad Dave Corrin said yesterday.

“Olivia had targeted next season to make the ironwoman series, and to do it a year ahead of plan was definitely an outstanding achievement.”

Corrin said she was excited to race and then do so well on Day 1 of the trials on Saturday.

“I was super nervous, though, at the start of Sunday’s trials, but I knew I had nothing to lose.

'So I went out and put it all on the line'

“So I went out and put it all on the line.”

Corrin won the under-19 ironwoman title at the New Zealand championships this year and was named Gisborne surf lifesaving’s open sportswoman of the year.

She joins open sportsman of the year Cory Taylor, also from Midway, who competes again in the ironman series.

Corrin competes for Queensland club Northcliffe, as well as Midway.

“Definitely the swim legs were my strong legs during the weekend’s racing,” Corrin said.

“My board legs were pretty good too.”

What she achieved at the weekend was still sinking in, she said.

“I’m just so excited to have made it.

'It's been a dream . . . since I was a nipper at Midway'

“It’s been a dream of mine to race in the series since I was a nipper at Midway.

“I would like to thank my mum and dad, Suzanne and Dave, and all my coaches who have helped me along the way.”

Mairangi Bay’s Danielle McKenzie is the other New Zealander in the 2019/20 Nutri-Grain IronWoman series.

Former Midway club member Devon Halligan, while not from Gisborne, is another with links to this area to have competed in the series.

Taylor, Corrin and Cory Hutchings are the only Gisborne athletes to have made it into the series.

Over the course of five rounds, 20 of the best male and female athletes will compete for the glory of being crowned a Nutri-Grain IronMan or IronWoman champion.

The traditional “iron” racing format involves a ski, board and swim leg with a run leg in between each discipline.

The first round of the 2019/2020 Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series will start with the Coolangatta Gold.

This year’s new-look series will also involve an invitational Iron X event, that mixes new obstacles and craft disciplines with traditional elements of iron racing.

The Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series is made up of five rounds of elite racing, and a stand-alone Iron X event —

Round 1, Coolangatta Gold, October 13: Coolangatta, QLD.

Round 2, Nutri-Grain Series, November 17: Burleigh Heads, QLD.

Round 3, Nutri-Grain Series, December 1: Bulli, NSW.

Round 4, Nutri-Grain Series, December 15: Surfers Paradise, QLD.

Round 5, Nutri-Grain Series, January 19: North Cronulla, NSW.

Nutri-Grain Iron X, January 27: Mooloolaba, QLD.

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