Jordie set for Molokai
SURF SPORTS: Paddleboard and surf lifesaving star Jordan Mercer says she'll never take walking for granted again.
The 23-year-old appears to be on track to challenge for her seventh Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard World Championship, after spending the summer sidelined through injury.
The Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving athlete and 2015/16 Ironwoman Series champion suffered a nasty foot injury during the Summer of Surf Series at Alexandra Headland late last year.
Originally hopeful of competing in the finals weekend in January, it wasn't to be and she underwent surgery, followed by a lengthy rehabilitation stint.
Coach and father, ironman legend Darren Mercer, said a lot of people had been asking when Jordan would return to competitive racing.
"I honestly haven't seen much of her,” he said.
"She's been in the (United) States for a friend's wedding and doing rehab at Red Bull headquarters and then I was off to the Aussies. She's out of the moon boot now and into two shoes for the first time in four months and wants to build up the strength.”
He believes she could be fit and firing in time for M2O in Hawaii, on July 30.
"She's looking at Molokai, that would be her first goal,” Mercer said.
"Now that I'm back (on the Coast), we'll have time to sit down and see where we want to go.”
Noosa young gun Lana Rogers flew the flag in Mercer's absence in the professional surf lifesaving series this summer, before she succumbed to a foot injury of her own.
"I know (Jordan) and Lana are really keen to get back into pre-season and work towards a good year.
"We've just got to keep them motivated. We'll get them all together and go for a surf and plan for next year.” In a recent Instagram post, the 23-year-old posted a video of her completing exercises in the gym.
"Through some of my most challenging moments in the past 20 weeks I promised myself I would never take walking for granted, ever. This progression just brought the biggest smile to my face.”