Image courtesy Shane Myers
The Hunter Valley’s Isak Costello has achieved a childhood dream after qualifying for the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Finals Series following today’s wildcard announcements.
The 21-year-old Year-old from Redhead Surf Life Saving Club was pinching himself after finally breaking through to the sport’s national showpiece event, to be held at North Cronulla Beach on February 24, 25 and 26.
“It’s been a childhood dream of mine since Nippers and for it to become a reality is a bit overwhelming,’ said Costello.
Costello said he first trialled for the Nutri-Grain series when he was 16, missing out by just two spots.
He has been knocking on the door ever since and now lines up against the sport’s premier athletes after receiving the wildcard spot.
Costello will join fellow Redhead SLSC member Daniel Collins on the start line at North Cronulla Beach at the end of the month. It is the first time the club has ever been represented in the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Finals series.
The female wildcard spot for the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Finals Series went to Allie Britton, who trains out of the North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club.
“I’m pretty sure I cried,” Britton joked about the call today confirming her wildcard spot.
“I was very happy, it’s a dream come true.”
Former Tasmanian Britton made the move to North Burleigh two years ago and thrived at the famous club.
‘Being in the water all year round is amazing, it’s definitely helped,” she said.
Full Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Finals Series List
Shannon Eckstein – Northcliffe SLSC
Ali Day – Surfers Paradise SLSC
Matt Bevilacqua – Kurrawa SLSC
Matt Poole – Kurrawa SLSC
Luke Cuff – Mermaid Beach SLSC
Kendrick Louis – Manly LSC
Nathan Smith – Manly LSC
Jay Furniss – Manly LSC
Cory Taylor – Northcliffe SLSC
Hayden Allum – Queenslcliff SLSC
Max Brooks – Newport SLSC
James Lacy – Mermaid Beach SLSC
Jackson Maynard – Currumbin SLSC
Ben Carberry – Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC
Tanyn Lyndon – Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC
Hayden White – Currumbin SLSC
Daniel Collins – Redhead SLSC
Wes Berg – Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC
Trevor Hendy Jr – Surfers Paradise SLSC
Isak Costello – Redhead SLSC
Kirsty Higgison – Noosa Heads SLSC
Georgia Miller – Newport SLSC
Maddy Dunn – Northcliffe SLSC
Lizzie Welborn – North Bondi SLSC
Harriet Brown – Northcliffe SLSC
Karlee Nurthen – Currumbin SLSC
Jemma Smith – Umina SLSC
Tara Coleman – Currumbin SLSC
Amy Nurthen – Currumbin SLSC
Danielle McKenzie – Northcliffe SLSC
Rebecca Creedy – Kurrawa SLSC
Courtney Hancock- Northcliffe SLSC
Ella Brown – Maroochydore SLSC
Lana Rogers – Noosa Heads SLSC
Kristyl Smith – Northcliffe SLSC
Emma Dick – Burleigh Heads Mowbray Pak
Naomi Scott – Manly SLSC
Tayla Puskaric – Manly SLSC
Madison Spencer – Newport SLSC
Allie Britton – North Burleigh SLSC