FINALIST: Lana Rogers won her semi-final to qualify for the ironwoman decider.
FINALIST: Lana Rogers won her semi-final to qualify for the ironwoman decider. Harvpix.com

I can be even better say champion of iron

SURF LIFESAVING: She proved her wares by winning the Australian ironwoman title but Lana Rogers is determined to get even better and has her sights on the Coolangatta Gold and an an Ironwoman Series crown.

The 22-year-old is the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation's Senior Sports Star of the Month for April after snaring victory at the national championships in Perth, where she was also an important member of Noosa Heads' victorious Taplin relay team.

She produced an imposing display in the ironwoman final.

"I still can't believe I've done it but I'm looking at what other goals I want to achieve and the Gold and the Nutri-Grain (Ironwoman Series) crown are really on my radar for the next two to three years.”

Rogers was fifth at her first tilt at Coolangatta and fourth in last summer's series, before a runner-up result at the state championships and her victory at The Aussies.

But she's determined to be better.

"I'm hoping to go back (to training) and see what I can work on... reading the surf and my surf knowledge and definitely my board paddling.

"My board leg is not up to speed to where I want it to be and I'll definitely work on that this winter.”

Despite her win at Perth, Rogers was not included in the 12-strong Australian team for the world championships.

She said she might do pool rescue events to expand her skill set.

Steele Taylor


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