TEARS OF JOY: Lana Rogers of Noosa SLSC is overcome with emotion.
TEARS OF JOY: Lana Rogers of Noosa SLSC is overcome with emotion. Warren Lynam

Noosa marvel makes series

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.

Rebecca Creedy won round three on Sunday, when Kendrick Louis finished first amid the men.


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