Meet Courtney Hancock, the Ironwoman Who Just Made History - Women's Health

Meet Courtney Hancock, the Ironwoman Who Just Made History

She’s the first female ever to win four titles in Australia’s most iconic endurance race.

Competing in an Ironwoman endurance race is hard enough, let alone winning multiple times, yet 33-year-old NSW athlete Courtney Hancock has done just that… and more. Having started surf lifesaving at age five, Hancock has risen to the top of her game over the past 28 years, and yesterday she even made history as the first woman to win the 2021 Coolangatta Gold four times. Yes, four times. 

We sat down with the current 2021 Coolangatta Gold champion to find out why she loves her sport, her go-to healthy smoothie recipe and what she wants everyone to know about being a female in sport.  

What do you love about being an Ironwoman?

“Everything. Being in the ocean every day is an absolute dream – it’s my favourite place to be. Being an Ironwoman also creates a very healthy and fit lifestyle which is something I really enjoy.”

What’s the biggest misconception you think people have about female athletes?

“I think when I first came onto the professional scene a lot of people thought that all female athletes needed to be like the men to become successful. I’ve learnt over the course of my career that realistically women can create a huge advantage as an athlete in letting their femininity shine.”

What advice would you give to young girls who want to follow in your footsteps?

“I’d say, believe in yourself because anything is possible if you work hard and want it enough. Follow your heart and keep the beautiful people in your life close.” 

What is your go-to breakfast?

“Well, after a big swim session, I am straight into some scrambled eggs, avocado, with mixed greens and veggies. I finish it off with a scoop of magnesium for maximum recovery.” 

What is a typical dinner for you?

“Simple with lots of nutrition! A piece of steak or salmon with potatoes and veggies or salad. Afterwards, I take time to have plenty of water and all my micros from PILLAR Performance: vitamin Bs, zinc, fish oil and their Motion Armour formula. It helps me meet my micros and recover and prepare for another big training day.” 

What is a cheat snack or cheat meal for you? When would you have one?

“At night when I am watching a movie, if there’s a Gold Coast storm rolling in, I always feel like chocolate!”

What do you have for morning and afternoon snacks? Do you have a smoothie that you love making?

“Yes! I love to snack on a handful of mixed nuts or my blueberry and banana smoothie. To make it, take a cup of Raw C coconut water, half a cup of blueberries, one frozen banana, a cup of ice, a spoonful of honey and a spoonful of peanut butter. Then blend!” 

What is a change you’d like to see in your sport in the future?

“I would love to see Surf Life Saving in the Olympics one day. This would really put the sport on the international stage, and everyone could see how wonderful the sport really is.” 

What will 2022 bring for Courtney Hancock – or what do you hope it brings?

“I hope it brings endless amounts of happiness and love in all areas of my life!”

By Lucy E. Cousins

Lucy is a writer for Women's Health with more than 15 years experience under her belt. She's obsessed with everything from flotation tanks, meditation and activewear as well as all of the latest fitness classes. But she's all about balance... so in between fitness sessions, you'll find her with a coffee in one hand and a croissant in the other

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