SURF LIFESAVING: The coach of sudden marvel Lana Rogers believes she can give the Nutri-Grain Finals Series a genuine shake after she essentially secured her berth in the televised event with another solid showing on Sunday.
The 20-year-old finished seventh in round three of the Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series at Fingal Bay, to go with a third placing and fourth placing from the first two rounds.
She leads the qualifying standings with three events remaining but - with competitors to tally their best three results - has basically already done enough to earn a spot among the elite at Surfers Paradise in February.
Her mentor at Noosa Heads, ironman icon Darren Mercer, said she can shake-up the Finals Series.
"She has finished ahead of Harriet Brown, the current ironwoman world champion (on a couple of occasions), she can definitely mix it with the girls,” he said.
"She's improved her ski leg with hard work, her board is always strong, and her swim is a real strength.”
Training stints with reigning Ironwoman Series champion Jordan Mercer and series runner-up Kirsty Higgison has helped her development.
But she really burst on to the scene in round one at Alexandra Headland, where she erupted in tears of joy after a podium placing.
And she's since proved to be a consistent threat.
"It's really good to see (going well) because she's worked so hard to get where she is,” he said.
"She's really motivated at the moment and she's very focused.”
Meanwhile, Rebecca Creedy won round three on Sunday, when Kendrick Louis finished first amid the men.
The Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Ironwoman and Ironman Series is part of the Summer of Surf, which boasts individual and team events at carnivals around the country.
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