Noosa girls show no mercy in surf taplin
SURF LIFESAVING: Jordan Mercer has overcome a tumultuous year of the highest highs and lowest lows.
The Noosa champion has battled back from a broken foot and fractured arm and overcome a well documented personal tragedy.
She and club team-mates Lana Rogers and Electra Outram are poised to rewrite the record books, again.
The terrific taplin relay trio is chasing an unprecedented clean sweep in the Ocean6 events after claiming all five of the rounds so far.
"Managing to do what we have done considering the adversity in injuries and the devastation my family went through, the results have been pretty perfect,” Mercer said.
"After we won the first round we were over the moon. I had just come back and so glad I was on a level to do them justice.
"We've really proved it to ourselves and everyone that we're a real force.
"As athletes it is so easy to be tough on ourselves and always strive for more. So I'm glad I reflected.
"I really do feel quite proud of what I have done.
"And with one round to go, it would be phenomenal.”
The girls and coach Darren Mercer will touch down at Cronulla as deserved favourites.
They're in the business end of the seasons - ready for anything the competition and the remnants of Cyclone Gita whips up.
"We prepare for the worst and scariest and know anything can happen racing against the elements,” she said.
"The swells right around the Coast will bring big surf and from past races it has proven to be difficult.
"But we have worked hard, we have what it takes and this is another opportunity to show our training is reflected in results.”
Mercer senior still pinches himself at his daughter's dedication to surf lifesaving.
"I'm obviously extremely proud. No one works harder than her,” he said.