Lana Rogers is “gutted” the Coolangatta Gold has been cancelled. Picture: Harvpix
Lana Rogers is “gutted” the Coolangatta Gold has been cancelled. Picture: Harvpix

Rogers gutted by cancellation of iconic surf race

Champion Noosa lifesaver Lana Rogers says she's "gutted" and struggling to come to terms with the fact she won't hit the sand to defend a major surf sport crown this season.

Surf Life Saving Australia announced on Saturday the remaining elite category of the iconic Coolangatta Gold race would be cancelled due to the current border restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

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Rogers won the demanding ironwoman race prior to taking out the Nutri-Grain Series title last year.

The cancellation had hit her hard, with Rogers more than halfway through a gruelling 20-week tailored training regime for the race.

Lana Rogers celebrates winning last year’s Coolangatta Gold. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images
Lana Rogers celebrates winning last year’s Coolangatta Gold. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

"It's one of my favourite events and I'm pretty gutted about it," she said.

"I'm pretty disappointed and I'm just trying to get over it still a little bit.

"Just getting over it mentally, that's the toughest part.

"So much time and effort goes into this particular race so I'm doing it a little bit tough right now but it's time to set new goals and see what comes out of it."

While there will be no physical race, Rogers was pleased Surf Life Saving Australia would be holding a virtual battle on the same date.

 

 

CHAMP: Lana Rogers claimed victory in the Coolangatta Gold in 2019. Picture: HarvPix
CHAMP: Lana Rogers claimed victory in the Coolangatta Gold in 2019. Picture: HarvPix

"I'm hoping to kind of get a crew together and I'm definitely going to reach out to the other girls that were in the elite group, so hopefully we can do some of the race together," she said.

"I think that would be pretty cool and exciting."

Rogers said she had concerns surrounding the possibility of cancellation of the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series this summer season.

"I'm a little bit (worried), again it just depends on the border situation at moment," she said.

"We're looking at a 2021 series in early January/February but there's still going to hopefully be little carnivals (before then).

 

 

Noosa Heads surf lifesaver Lana Rogers was crowned the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series champion in 2019. Picture: Nutri-Grain Series
Noosa Heads surf lifesaver Lana Rogers was crowned the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series champion in 2019. Picture: Nutri-Grain Series

"I know the Queensland Endurance Titles are still going to come up to Alexandra Headland and I think there's a few little club carnivals later in December down at Goldy.

"So, we're still keeping positive about that."

While the Gold won't be held physically, Surf Life Saving Australia is supporting state-based endurance race style events around the country, which included Alexandra Headlands Surf Life Saving Club.


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