FULLY FOCUSED: Mooloolaba lifesaver Matt Poole has a maiden Queensland ironman title in his sights on the Gold Coast.
FULLY FOCUSED: Mooloolaba lifesaver Matt Poole has a maiden Queensland ironman title in his sights on the Gold Coast. Harvie Allisonharvpix

Poole banking on fitness built up in ironman series

IRONMAN Matt Poole hopes to shake off the remnants of his flu in attempting to win his first Queensland title today at the State Surf Life Saving Championships at Kirra Beach.

Poole is among several Sunshine Coast lifesavers who will line up again today on the Gold Coast.

The 25-year-old, who is the Coast's leading ironman, is aiming to return to form following his poor performance in the final round of the ironman series at Coolum, where he failed to make the final.

He finished fourth overall in the ironman series.

The championships wrap up today, when some of the sport's biggest names will contest the open ironman and ironwoman finals.

Poole, who competed in several team events with Mooloolaba yesterday, said he would endeavour to jag a maiden Queensland title.

"I've actually been a little bit sick leading up to this, so it's been good to blow a few cobwebs out," he said.

"I guess today's all about trying to make the finals and then we'll turn up again where all the medals will be decided and won.

"I want to be on my game and I'm really looking forward to it."

Poole and his fellow ironmen had to race up to three rounds in a single weekend during the series.

He said he would be drawing on that fitness and experience today after competing in several events yesterday.

"I'm banking on my fitness coming off the back of the Kellogg's series, and we've got a few events and finals tomorrow so hopefully that might take the edge off some of the other guys," he said.

"The ironman final is one of the last events tomorrow, so it's all about grinding it out and getting the job done."

HAVING battled the elements throughout the opening day of competition, Poole said he would be better for the run today.

"The conditions are pretty tricky out there," he said.

"There's a big, dead, flat bit of water in the middle and a little bit of a bump out the back, so it's pretty challenging."

Poole said he was enjoying competing with his ironman teammates Cam Cole, Luke Cuff and Josh Minogue.

"We train all year round with the guys in the squad, and then you go and race in the Kellogg's series and not everyone who we're training with and having fun with is there," he said.

"So it's good when you can get under the tent with everyone who you've spent the whole year training with."

Mooloolaba has starred at the championships. Its individual winners include Cody Richvalsky (under-15 beach flags, beach sprint), Georgina McDermott (under-17 surf ski), Jason Gough (under-17 beach flags, beach sprint) and Kristy Knox (under-19 beach sprint).

Other winners include Noosa's Brittany Cashman (under-17 beach flags, beach sprint) and Dicky Beach's Adman Sciberras (under-19 beach flags).

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