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Bulli to host iconic ironman and ironwoman series this summer

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A past ironwoman event. Picture: Surf Life Saving Australia

 

BULLI Beach will host some of Australia’s best surfing athletes when round-three of the iconic Nutri Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series returns to the Illawarra this summer.

The December 1 event will not only give locals an opportunity to see the best surfing athletes, but also benefit the local economy, with spectators expected to attend the event from all over the country. A Bulli Surf Club spokesperson said the event will be history making.

“We have run major events before on our beach, but this is exciting times, history in the making, for the first time hosting a round of the Surf Life Saving Australia Kellogg’s Nutria Grain Series,” the spokesperson said.

“We have a rich tradition in surf sports and are proud to host this major event in the northern suburbs of Illawarra.”

Surf Life Saving Australia CEO, Adam Weir, said the organisation is bringing the series back in house while working with experts in the industry to reconnect Australia’s ironmen and ironwomen with sporting fans.

“The Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwomen Series is iconic and we have a brand that connects with many sporting fans from young kids through to traditional sporting followers,” Weir said.

“We are thrilled that for the first time in more than a decade we will have our elite sporting series live on TV and reaching broader audiences.

“Surf sports plays an important part in raising the profile of Surf Life Saving with many Australians and we want to showcase our elite athletes and their lifesaving skills and athleticism.

“The Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironmen and Ironwomen are not only the fittest athletes in the country, they are also great surf lifesavers who watch over the beach going public throughout the season.”

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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