KNUCKLING DOWN: Amy Nurthen is looking to prepare well for next season.
KNUCKLING DOWN: Amy Nurthen is looking to prepare well for next season. Greg Miller

Thwarted Nurthen aiming to build

MOOLOOLABA surf lifesaver Amy Nurthen has vowed to finish her Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series on a high after admitting poor preparation has cost her a chance at automatic requalification.

Nurthen said she was on the back foot when the series started, having spent three weeks in France for the world championships only weeks before round one in Western Australia.

The 22-year-old is yet to register a top-six finish in the 2014-15 series but hopes to change that in the final two rounds at Newcastle this weekend.

If she does, it will provide a positive end to what has been a frustrating sixth series for the New South Wales Central Coast native.

"This is the year I learned most about myself and about how I've got to prepare," she said.

"They are the fittest girls in the world pretty much so you can't really start on the back foot from the gun."

Nurthen said the Life Saving World Championships in France last September had interfered with her preparation for this year's series.

With 26 points after four rounds, Nurthen is unlikely to catch sixth-placed Courtney Hancock (45 points) and automatically requalify for next year's series.

She hopes to snatch some confidence from the final events and use it to build towards a good result at the Australian Surf Life Saving National Championships on the Gold Coast in April.

"Once I get through this season I know I'll be able to knuckle down and me and the coach (Michael King) will be able to prepare for next season," she said.

"I'm just looking to get through this year and getting a few good results and getting confidence."


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