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By the 7th Nepean anniversary Australia’s bicentennary was upon us.
Another Ironman star was to make a mark on the race. Louise Bonham taking her first of two successive titles. Louise would go on to become one of Australia’s most accomplished triathletes, with four Aussie Ironman wins as well as placing in the top ten in the Hawaiian Ironman. Louise would end her career abruptly due to a motorist running her down while training in Canada. You can still catch up Louise though at numerous events working for Polar.
The mens champ in 1988 was one of the most flamboyant characters of the sport, Spot Anderson. Spot went onto dominate over the next couple of years. Spot was always one to have a go and went onto compete in the Uncle Toby’s Surf Ironman series as well as still keeping actively involved in triathlon. Spot is still coaching and competing today.
Below: Louise Bonham with Tour de France and French cycling legend Bernard Hinault