Added by Pat Williams on January 24, 2013
IronMan Cory Hill and IronWoman Devon Halligan have both been ruled out of competition for round three of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IronMan Series and Telstra IronWoman Series due to health concerns.
The young aspiring athletes, coincidently both number 11, have been fighting ongoing health conditions and are advised not to compete in Portsea this Sunday.
IronMan Cory Hill from Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club has been diagnosed with osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone or bone marrow, and is instructed to remain on a 24-hour intravenous drip.
“The doctors believe it is osteomyelitis, but my symptoms are a little different,” Mr Hill said.
“The oral antibiotics didn’t seem to be working so they have hooked me up to a 24-hour intravenous drip that pumps antibiotics into my arm and through to my heart.
“The nurse visits me every morning to refill the antibiotics, so I won’t even be able to travel to Portsea to watch the round.”
20-year-old IronWoman Devon Halligan is a first time absentee from the series due to an ongoing heart infection.
The Gold Coast local will be watching the series from home this weekend while she rests up in preparation for round 4 of the series at Surfers Paradise.
IronMan Series director Guy Leech said he was disappointed for the young athletes.
“They are both strong dedicated athletes, but their health is the number one priority and we hope to see them at round four.”
Sunday’s racing will be televised nationally on Network Ten from 2:00pm to 5:00pm AEDST, with replays on One HD (check local guides). Portsea on the Mornington Penninsula, is renowned as carnage central, producing the biggest waves in the coldest waters.
Sunday January 27
IronWoman race commences 12:30pm
IronMan race commences 2:15pm