With the Nutri-Grain IronMan Series all wrapped up for another year, we caught up with our newest winners; Georgia Miller and Matt Bevilacqua on their experience. Take a read below.
How was the weekend for you?
Georgia Miller: Amazing! Very special...I've worked for this for a long time now. It was made even more special to have all the girls from Northcliffe with me, and especially to have my family and coaches right there with me. Very much a fairy-tale ending.
Matt Bevilacqua: The weekend was one of those career defining moments. A rare moment that will easily help me sit back one day and know all the hard work over the years was worth it. There's not that many like it, and I will never forget the feeling.
How long has this been a dream for you?
GM: I started nippers when I was six years old, so I've been watching the Nutri-Grain IronMan Series probably since then...actually probably since before then haha. It's a big part of my life and my family's life.
MB: Ever since I was a ten year old kid at home in Hobart watching guys like Zane Holmes, Shannon Eckstein and Ky Hurst run around I've wanted to be in the Nutri-Grain IronMan Series. I never thought I could be in it from Tasmania let alone win one.
If you could go back and give your younger self some advice, what would you say?
GM: I would tell her that everything's going to be okay and that it all works out in the end. I mean...I'd even tell my last week self that!
I can stress myself out a bit so it's a good reminder for me to just have fun with it. Plus, I love it (competing) and I love my sport, but I know it doesn't define me.
MB: For my younger self I would say believe in yourself more. There's no limit for the rapid improvement you can go through if you can believe in yourself more. It should be a goal everyday... to believe in yourself and your ability more and more. There's no ceiling or limit for this belief; so never stop.
What are you looking forward to next?
GM: I've got a tough two days of racing to with Shaw and Partners Summer of Surf - we've now been racing for six weeks straight so it's a lot. For me, it's all about doing the little things that I can for now.
This weekend is very cool; it's at our home beach which means we're all there together and we don't have to get our gear off the trailer for a change. Plus, it's from the grassroots up every year which is great to see. It's also great having a sport that prioritizes having an even split between the males and the females.
MB: I can't wait to try and win my first Australian Open IronMan title in Perth in March. It's never been my strongest race of the year but I think I'm at a level now where I can win one.