Champion Marriott calls time

Alicia Marriott from Mooloolaba.
Alicia Marriott from Mooloolaba. Brett Wortman

ALICIA Marriott says she will hang up her togs with no regrets.

The former Australian, IronWoman Series and Coolangatta Gold champion announced yesterday she was retiring from the sport immediately.

For months, rumours had swirled that Marriott, 25, was considering her future, but she remained tight-lipped until yesterday.

She told the Daily that after months of soul-searching she had come to the realisation the fire was no longer there and her priorities had shifted.

"It's been something that I've been thinking about for the past four months, but being such a big decision I've been 'umming' and 'ahhing' about it for quite a while," she said.

"At the end of the day I'm not as passionate as what I used to be for racing. I really wanted to get stuck into other passions like travelling and furthering my career. I felt like I'd ticked all the boxes in the sport and now I'm on to a new stage in life."

Marriott moved from her home in Perth to Mooloolaba at the start of the 2009-10 season to be closer to the hub of professional ironwoman competition on Australia's east coast.

She dominated the sport for years, winning the 2008 Australian ironwoman championship, three Coolangatta Gold titles from 2008-10 and the 2009-10 IronWoman Series.

After winning the Coolangatta Gold and IronWoman Series titles in 2009-10, she was in line to become the first woman to take out the coveted "triple crown", but the nationals were cancelled following the death of young Saxon Bird during competition at Kurrawa.

Marriott finished third in last year's IronWoman series and her enthusiasm seemed to be waning.

She says she will continue to have some small involvement with the Mooloolaba club before travelling to North Queensland later in the year to continue her career as a physiotherapist.

She said she then planned to move back to Western Australia next year.

"It's been an amazing experience in a beautiful part of the world and I met an amazing bunch of people. It's been great," she said of her time on the Sunshine Coast.

Her place in the IronWoman Series will be filled by Tallebudgera ironwoman Tenille Devine, who finished 11th at the recent series trials at Noosa.

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