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Ironwoman Harriet Brown out for first win of the season

SHE owns a title and is leading the Nutri-Grain ironwoman series but there’s still something missing from Harriet Brown’s life.

With just three rounds remaining in the Nutri-Grain series time is running out for defending champion Brown to claim her first round-win heading into the Fairhaven, Victoria, leg of the series.

Trumped by teenagers Jemma Smith and Brielle Cooper in the opening three legs of the event, Brown believes it is time for the veterans of the women’s professional field to stand up.

media_cameraHarriet Brown (centre) with Jemma Smith, Lizzie Welborn, Brielle Cooper and Naomi Scott. Pic: NIGEL HALLETT

And the Gold Coast-based Victorian believes the endurance racing in home waters in round four will suit her and other more experienced competitors perfectly.

“I definitely think experience helps in this kind of endurance racing,” said Brown, who stays in contact with her home area by mentoring Mornington Peninsula Nippers via Skype.

“I think it helps to be tough mentally and that comes with experience.

“This is the round that should suit the older athletes best.”

Brown said she has been taken aback by the performances of teenagers this season with 19-year-old Cooper now sitting in second place overall after her two wins and Smith, who won the opening round on a break from studying for her HSC, fourth overall.

“I have been surprised by the young ones,” Brown said.

media_cameraHarriet Brown coming in second at Coolum. Pic: Sunshine Coast Daily

“But especially Brielle Cooper with her two wins. The fact that she backed it up is awesome.”

Brown said she began the series with confidence but questioned her training and preparation after a 10th place in the opening leg of the series at Queenscliff last November.

“But I think in the end it was just one for those days,” said Brown, who then notched two second placings behind Cooper.

“Not winning a leg so far is a huge motivation for me.

“I think I have come second about 10 times in rounds in my nine years on the series. So my goal is to get a least one win this season.”

While Brown and the likes of former Nutri-Grain champions Courtney Hancock and Jordan Mercer attempt to snap the run of teenagers in the series, veteran Ali Day will attempt to protect his series lead.

Coolangatta Gold champion Day’s main rivals for the series lead is round one winner TJ Hendy and round three victor Matt Bevilacqua.

Originally published as Harriet Brown chasing elusive win

Updated: January 13, 2018 — 3:53 am

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