Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Marriott Takes Kellogg's Series FIVE-STAR MARRIOTT; Move from Western Australia Pays Off

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Marriott Takes Kellogg's Series FIVE-STAR MARRIOTT; Move from Western Australia Pays Off

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Byline: JON TUXWORTH At Cronulla

SURF LIFESAVING: Mooloolaba ironwoman Alicia Marriott set herself a lofty goal for this season Co win the "triple crown".

You couldn't accuse the West Australian expat of setting the bar low.

No woman has ever sealed the Australian, Kellogg's Nutri-Grain and Coolangatta Gold treble over a whole career, let alone in one season.

But after securing her breakthrough Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Series victory at Cronulla to complement her October Gold triumph, the 24-year-old has just one more hurdle left to negotiate to complete a golden summer.

Heading into the last round two points behind Kurrawa's Hayley Bateup, and two ahead of Manly's Naomi Flood, Marriott assured herself of victory when she positioned herself in the lead pack early, leaving her title rivals flailing.

She cruised home in fourth spot behind Northcliffe trio Elizabeth Pluimers, Kristyl Smith and Courtney Hancock, while Flood and Bateup had to settle for sixth and ninth respectively.

Marriott will now head to next month's Australian titles on the Gold Coast hoping to add to her national championship win in 2008 and Coolangatta Gold victories in 2007 and 2009.

Afterward the quietly spoken physiotherapist gave her move across the Nullarbor much of the credit for reinvigorating her passion in the sport.

"I've really enjoyed this season. Last season I didn't train as much and wasn't putting as much in," she said.

"I got a bit stale. It's a lot more professional on the Sunny Coast and to work with Kingy (Mooloolaba coach Michael King) and all the crew, it's been unreal.

"I love WA but being over there you're away from a lot of the competition and it can be hard to stay motivated.

"We've all been training really hard over the offseason and putting in the work."

Having fellow Nutri-Grain Series competitors Allira Richardson and Gemma Newbiggin pushing her at Mooloolaba training day in, day out has proven a bonus.

On the Sunshine Coast Marriott is a big fish in a big surf lifesaving pond.

By contrast, competing in surf lifesaving in Perth is akin to playing rugby league in Tasmania. …

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