Rogers hun­gry for top tilt at elite race

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - TOM THREAD­ING­HAM Tom.Thread­ing­ham@sc­


Noosa Head’s Lana Rogers says she is fight­ing fit for a stronger per­for­mance in the sec­ond round of the iron­woman se­ries as it descends on Coolum.

The 22-year-old ad­mit­ted she strug­gled in the open­ing round of the Ocean6 Se­ries last month af­ter back­ing up from a podium fin­ish at the Coolan­gatta Gold the week be­fore.

How­ever, she’s since de­voted all her en­ergy into to­day’s Nutri-Grain fi­nals and was ready to strike in round two.

“I’m feel­ing a lot bet­ter men­tally and phys­i­cally,” Rogers said.

“I’ve got a few sprint ses­sions in for irons as well as keep­ing up my run­ning and my gym so I’m feel­ing and look­ing a lot bet­ter go­ing into round two and it’s awe­some to have it lo­cally. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to this round, I’ve done a lot of prep for this one.”

Blus­tery con­di­tions and solid swells graced the beach yes­ter­day, but Rogers wasn’t fazed and said she was pre­pared for any­thing.

“I’ve been train­ing down here for the last cou­ple of weeks now with the Noosa crew so we’re used to this wind and the swell pick­ing up and flat­ten­ing down a bit,” she said.

“We’re used to it and look­ing for­ward to rac­ing.

“I see a few rips out there but it’s noth­ing we can’t han­dle and it’s not as big as I ex­pected.”

Rogers, who is the reign­ing Aus­tralian iron­woman cham­pion, placed 13th in the open­ing round of the pro­fes­sional Nutri-Grain se­ries at Queen­scliff with club­mate Jor­dan Mercer com­ing in ninth.

She listed North­cliffe’s Maddy Dunn and Ge­or­gia Miller, who placed first and sec­ond at that event, as ones to watch to­day.

Dunn, a for­mer Kawana nip­per and Mooloolaba ta­lent, was still on a high from her vic­tory at Queen­scliff.

“I’m feel­ing re­ally strong and just re­ally happy with how my train­ing and rac­ing is go­ing and I just want to stay fo­cussed and work to­wards a good re­sult for ev­ery round,” Dunn said.

While Rogers gains au­to­matic en­try for the fi­nal of the race to­day, oth­ers had to bat­tle it out in the qual­i­fiers yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Jor­dan Mercer, Tiarrn Ray­mond and Elec­tra Ou­tram were Coast ath­letes to make the cut for the Coolum de­cider.

Photo: Shane My­ers – Ocean6

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