Courtney Hancock’s road back to the top starts at Coolum this weekend.
Courtney Hancock’s road back to the top starts at Coolum this weekend. Delly Carr

Courtney is on comeback trail

AFTER a disappointing ending to her 2014-15 campaign, Courtney Hancock is determined to return to top spot in the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman series.

While visiting her home city in September as Coates Hire Rally Australia ambassador, the three time Ironwoman champion said she was feeling the best she had in years and had a single-minded focus on getting back to the top.

"I am going to be giving this season everything and get back my number one spot on the podium," Courtney said.

"I was so gutted last year with how I went but at the same time I was proud I didn't let that first result get the best of me and I was still able to finish in the top four."

It's been the toughest year of a stellar career and events last March didn't make it easier.

While training for the Australian Surf titles, Courtney broke her foot in a training mishap that trapped her underwater for a terrifying 40 seconds.

Day by day she's come back to peak condition and with the series beginning this weekend at Coolum Beach, it could be said that reigning champion Liz Pluimers will be painted with an imaginary target by a certain rival.

"I had a great pre-season and withdrew from racing in the Coolangatta Gold to make sure I was in the best of health leading into the Nutri-Grain Series."

"This will be a tough season with Bec (Rebecca Creedy) and Harriet (Brown) in top form.

"Also the talents of Lizzie and Georgia (newcomers Liz Welborn and Georgia Miller).

"We are all so competitive and I admit I'm feeling the pressure."