STRONG FINISH: Sunshine Coast’s Amy Nurthen powers up the beach during the ironwoman event at the weekend’s Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Perth at the weekend.
STRONG FINISH: Sunshine Coast’s Amy Nurthen powers up the beach during the ironwoman event at the weekend’s Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Perth at the weekend. Harvie Allison

Bring on 2014-15 season: Nurthen

MOOLOOLABA ironwoman Amy Nurthen hopes a red hot finish to 2014 can carry over into the most successful season of her career.

The five-year Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series veteran ended her season on a high with a fourth-place finish at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships in Perth.

She believes the momentum from this year's finish will set the platform for a strong start to the 2014-15 campaign.

"I'm looking forward to it already, which is awesome," she said.

"I'll be going into my sixth series next season, so finishing off as well as I did this season helps."

Nurthen was slow out of the blocks last November but steadily built.

A strong finish in Coolum followed by a yesterday's showing has given the 22-

year-old confidence she can reproduce the form that made her one of the sport's most promising talents.

She was unable to reach the podium yesterday, with North Burleigh's Liz Pluimers beating Commonwealth Games gold medallist Rebecca Creedy to claim first.

"The ironwoman is the one I've never been able to get," Pluimers said.

"I definitely wanted this one, so I've changed my Aussies program this year to do less events and focus on this ironwoman."

The event saw Shannon Eckstein equal Trevor Hendy's record of six Australian ironman championships in a final that featured Mooloolaba's Hayden White (6th), Matt Poole (7th) and Matt Bevilacqua (8th) and Noosa Heads' McKenzie Hynard (13th).

Earlier yesterday, Maroochydore's Dahlas Rogers followed in her Australian surf championship-winning father, Greg's footsteps when she took out the under-19 surf race.

Mooloolaba had to settle for a second-place in the Taplin Replays, while Noosa Heads star Jordan Mercer came second in the open women's surf board event.


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