SURF LIFESAVING: Noosa's Jack Moyes has renewed hopes for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships on the Sunshine Coast next month after a stirring second placing at the state titles at North Burleigh yesterday.
Moyes almost pulled off the biggest upset of the Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships, pushing some of the sport's greatest athletes to the limit before finishing second behind Ali Day in the marquee ironman final.
The duo and five-time Coolangatta Gold champion Caine Eckstein were neck-and-neck during the final swim leg before Day pulled away in the last 50 metres.
Moyes said it was a great way to end the carnival and a perfect confidence-booster ahead of The Aussies."I was pretty disappointed with this year's Nutri-Grain Series, coming home in 10th position, so to finish with a second place (at state titles) gives me a lot of hope and confidence for Aussies," he said.
"I'll go back (to Noosa) now and have a couple of days off and then start to gear up for Aussies so that will be really exciting."
Yesterday's ironman final capped off a big program for Moyes, who competed in 11 events across the carnival.
He'll boast another busy timetable at The Aussies.
"Aussies will probably be a similar schedule to what I've done here at states, and particularly as many team events as I can," he said.
Moyes won the New South Wales and Queensland ironman finals in 2013.
His clubmate Jordan Mercer, the reigning Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series title-holder, fell short in her bid to claim a second state ironwoman title yesterday.
She finished third.
Mercer led by 20 metres coming out of the first leg, but fell back in the challenging conditions to eventually finish behind the Northcliffe pair of Harriet Brown and Courtney Hancock.
But she has proved the woman to beat all summer and finished on the podium in eight events during the weekend.
So she is still well poised for the national championships.
"I know that I'm within striking distance," she said.
"The Australian title is the most prestigious victory that you can have in our sport and an ironwoman title for me would be a dream come true.
"It's definitely something that I've been working really hard towards this season. There's no being complacent this time of year so I'm training really hard.
"With Aussies around the corner we don't have the luxury of months and months of time to train, so it's just a case of putting your head down and going for it.
"You're never going to have a perfect race, so you just have to be ready and prepared for a few challenges and change your plans as it happens," she said.
Alexandra Headland's Alex Wright won the under-19 ironman final.
His clubmates also won the open men's surf boats race.
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