Former Yamba ironwoman Alyce Bennett cops the brunt of a wave in the ski leg of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironwoman series event at Portsea on Sunday.
Former Yamba ironwoman Alyce Bennett cops the brunt of a wave in the ski leg of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironwoman series event at Portsea on Sunday. Delly Carr

Alyce goes splash in dash for cash

ALYCE Bennett is not particularly proud of this photo, but then again the unpredictability of the surf is part of what she loves about competing in ironwoman racing.

The former Yamba competitor, who now lives in the Gold Coast, was in sixth position before entering the ski leg of the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironwoman race at Portsea, Victoria, on Sunday.

"I heard this carnage behind me and I turned around and the leading pack was all on top of each other," Alyce said yesterday.

Spurred on by the opportunity having already completed the board and swim legs of the race, Alyce admits she got ahead of herself.

"I saw this wave ahead and I thought if I slow down it will break and I can push through it," she said. "But it didn't break when I thought it was going to ... it kind of jacked up at the last minute and I didn't hit it with enough speed. It broke right on the nose of my ski."

Alyce finished in 18th place but laughed off the mishap, saying "that's Portsea for you".


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