Jordan Mercer.
Jordan Mercer. Geoff Potter

Mercer wipes memory of poor season with State title win

NOOSA'S Jordan Mercer may not have requalified for next year's ironwoman series, but she believes winning the state ironwoman crown has certainly made up for it.

Mercer won her maiden major ironwoman title at Kirra Beach in stunning fashion yesterday, when she blitzed the field at the Queensland Surf Lifesaving Championship.

The 20-year-old had enjoyed several podium finishes, but never a win.

Mercer, whose father Darren won four straight ironman series in the late- 80s as well as the Coolangatta Gold (1992) and Australian title (1995), said the win filled the void left empty from a disappointing ironwoman series.

"I think this does (make up for it). I was a bit deflated after finishing the ironwoman series," she said.

"A week after that I just tried to do the right thing and rest and went surfing a lot."

That week of reflection looks to have paid dividends for Mercer after she put any negativity aside to focus on what she loved most.

"I took a step back and thought about why I do this sport," she said.

"I was out there and at one with it, rather than just fighting to be with my competitors.

"I do this sport because I love it and enjoy myself and it gave me the opportunity to sort of make better decisions in the surf."

Mercer sits in third place in the Surf Ironman Qualifying Series with one round remaining.

The top three from that competition earn a place on next year's Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series.

Mercer said she would carry the momentum from yesterday's win into the remainder of her season which includes the qualifying series and the Australian titles in two weeks.

"To see how well it was today and how relaxed I was with my racing but pushing myself hard as well," she said.

"Just racing with a different mentality and a different mindset has worked for me and I will head into the Australian titles with the same sport of game plan."

Northcliffe's Kristyl Smith and Rebecca Creedy rounded out the placegetters in the ironwoman final while Ky Hurst (Kurrawa) finished ahead of Mooloolaba's Luke Cuff and his club-mate Matt Bevilacqua in the marquee ironman final.

Maroochydore won the open male surfboat final and the female double ski (Alyce Burnett and Stephanie Cronin) with Cuff and clubmate Matt Poole claiming a win in the two-man surf board event.

Because of technical issues with the national results database, the overall winner of the championships could not be finalised and will be announced today.



Ironman: Ky Hurst, Luke Cuff, Matt Bevilacqua

Ironwoman: Jordan Mercer, Krystl Smith, Rebecca Creedy

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