Surf Life Saving Championships to test Mercer
SURF LIFESAVING: Noosa's Jordan Mercer may be the form ironwoman in the country but she is expected to be seriously tested at The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.
The Aussies will be held at Maroochydore in April and Jordan will get a feel for the venue at this weekend's Maroochy Classic Carnival.
The 21-year-old claimed her maiden Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series less than a fortnight ago and took out round six of the Surf Ironman Qualifying Series in Sydney on Sunday.
Despite her stunning form, the Mercer camp recognises it won't be easy to claim the national ironwoman title.
"The Aussies are a long way away so it is hard to say how she is going to go," her father and coach Darren said.
"On form she would be a standout but things can change in an instant (in fickle surf).
"Unfortunately that's the sport and you just have to deal with what is thrown at you and hope it goes in your favour."
Darren knows what it takes to win a national ironman title. He achieved the feat 20 years ago.
This weekend's Murphy Builders Maroochy Classic is one of the most lucrative surf lifesaving events in the country offering a prize purse of $40,000.
"The guys at Maroochydore put on a great event there so the Noosa guys (Jordan, Kirsty Higgison and Jack Moyes) are looking forward to it," Darren said.
Despite Jordan's testing and lengthy summer, Darren said he did not harbour fears of burnout.
"She has had a heavy schedule and since winning the series she raced at Freshwater and will contest Maroochydore and then Noosa after that," he said.
"But we have planned the whole program to do this and we just have to monitor things."
Jordan raced sensationally throughout the Kellogg's Series to significantly improve on her fourth-placed finish in 2014-15.
Darren said he had not tweaked her program too much from last season.
"I think it is just perseverance and the hard work has paid off and that's what happens," he said.
"Kirsty has been great as well (Kellogg's runner-up) and the girls won five of the six rounds which is a testament to the program."
Fellow Noosa competitor Jack Moyes finished 10th of 18 in the Ironman Series.
"Jack has been down in New South Wales since (the final rounds of the Kellogg's Series) at Newcastle, but he will return this week," Darren said.
The carnival will run on Saturday and Sunday.