Sky Sport New Zealand has partnered with Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) to broadcast live the 2022 Nutri-Grain IronMan & IronWoman Series that kicks off this weekend at the iconic Bondi Beach, Sydney.  

With five of the top 40 ironmen and ironwomen hailing from New Zealand, the six round Series will showcase the toughest Surf Life Saving athletes from Australia and New Zealand.  

In Australia, the Nutri-Grain IronMan & IronWoman Series will be beamed live through Channel 9, with the expansion into the New Zealand market a natural fit with Sky able to showcase the Kiwi home grown talent.  

SLSA CEO, Adam Weir, said the Surf Life Saving ironman and ironwoman racing has a huge following in New Zealand and it is great to have Sky on board to support the Nutri-Grain Series.  

“We are excited to expand the broadcast of the Nutri-Grain IronMan & IronWoman Series into the New Zealand market thanks to the support of Sky.  

“With the Series boasting many New Zealanders who have large support bases in their native home country, it is a natural fit,” he said.  

Adam Crothers, Sky New Zealand Head of Sport Partnerships says, “It’s been a while since Aotearoa has had the likes of superstar Cory Hutchings taking out top-notch events and to see the action on our screens, but that’s all about to change with athletes like Joe Collins, Danielle McKenzie and Cory Taylor vying for top placings in Australia’s premium Surf Life Saving line-up, live on Sky Sport.  

“We’re super excited to be part of the Nutri-Grain IronMan-IronWoman Series in 2022. Our inspirational Kiwis will vie for the top spots in one of sport’s most testing events.” 

New Zealand’s own Joe Collins is one of the rising stars of the Nutri-Grain IronMan & IronWoman Series, finishing third place last season.  

The 18 year old started his career at Fitzroy SLSC in New Plymouth, making the move to the Gold Coast to become a professional Ironman.  He is thrilled his fans in New Zealand will be able to watch his journey.   

“It’s super exciting for my family too, they try to come over and watch as much as they can, and to know now that I don’t have to call them as soon as racing is over to tell them what’s happened, that they can watch live is super exciting 

“It’s definitely massive news…. I’ve got a huge fan base in New Zealand and I know that they’ve struggled to watch in the past so to know that all the clubbies and groms will be able to watch on Sky Sport is great news. 

“The sport isn’t quite as big back home, but hopefully having this broadcast deal should spur it on. The groms are always asking me how to watch and support, and now they’ve got the perfect way to do that,” he said.  

Collins will be joined by seasoned New Zealanders Danielle McKenzie (Auckland), Max Beattie (Omanu Beach), Olivia Corrin (Gisborne) and Cory Taylor (Gisborne) as they look to make their mark on the 2022 Nutri-Grain IronMan & Ironwoman Series. 

The Nutri-Grain IronMan & IronWoman Series will be held across six rounds over two weekends, with all the action live across the Nine network (Australia) and Sky Sport (New Zealand). 

  • 14-16 January 2022, Rounds 1-3, North Bondi Beach (Sydney), 12-2pm AEDT on Channel 9 / 2-4PM NZDT on Sky Sport
  • 4-6 February 2022, Rounds 4-6, Kurrawa Beach (Gold Coast), 12-2pm AEDT on Channel 9 / 2-4PM NZDT on  Sky Sport 

To view the full field of athletes for the 2022 Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman – CLICK HERE. 

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