Courtney Hancock is a young woman with the ambition, energy and natural ability to be Australia’s leading Ironwoman. Born in Perth, but then raised alongside her 3 sisters in Sawtell on the North Coast of NSW, Courtney’s love of the water began when she joined “Nippers” at 5 years of age. From these early days Courtney nurtured a dream that one day she wanted to be a Professional Ironwoman like her idol, Karla Gilbert. Courtney has already achieved considerable success. She has won multiple Ironwoman titles in the cadet ranks at the Australian Championships and then other individual World and Australian titles in open competition. But by far and away the outstanding highlight of her sporting career so far is winning multiple Australian and Professional Ironwoman Series titles in 2011, 2013 and 2014. When Courtney also won the Coolangatta Gold in 2011 she became the first person to win the triple crown of elite events (within the same calendar year) in the history of Australian Surf Sports. Just like she saw Karla Gilbert as her role model growing up she also wants to inspire young athletes to dream and work hard to achieve their goals not only on the sporting field but in life generally. Courtney is a true shining light in her sport.
The clever little half-forward was recruited from South Fremantle by the Gold Coast SUNS in the 2011 draft Pick. The son of former Fitzroy and West Coast player Wally Matera, Brandon stands at just 175cm but has a knack of finding space in the forward half and kicking goals. He debuted in Round 2, 2011 and was part of the Round 5 team that beat Port Adelaide for the Gold Coast SUNS first ever win, which on that day earned him a Rising Star nomination for his four goals. Matera has so far played 55 games for the Gold Coast SUNS and in that time has kicked 60 goals. Brandon is very committed to his work in the Community through being the Gold Coast SUNS ambassador for the Gold Coast Community Fund for 2015.