Lana has spring in her step leading into state championships

13th March 2018 7:24 PM
READY TO RACE: Noosa ironwoman Lana Rogers. READY TO RACE: Noosa ironwoman Lana Rogers. Warren Lynam

SURF LIFESAVING: Bolstered by a breakthrough victory on the elite stage, in-form ironwoman Lana Rogers says she is geared for this weekend's state championships at Maroochydore.

The 21-year-old recently won the final round of the Nutri-Grain Series to prove her wares on the big stage and now she's got her sights on one of the biggest carnivals on the calendar.

"That really got my confidence back up and I'm ready to race again with all the girls," she said.

Rogers had some mixed results during the series before finishing it with a bang, proving she can beat the best in the business.

"That win at North Cronulla really put me back into sanity by saying 'hey I can do this," she said.

"I train every day for a reason...and it (the victory) boosted my confidence a lot so that was good."

She ended the series in fourth position overall and is regarded as a serious threat for the crown this weekend.

"But for the iron (race) it really is anybody's game," she said.

She returned to training in earnest last week, with a heavy focus on her starts and finishes.

Rogers missed last year's state championships through injury and will this year likely focus on the ironwoman race, but also the surf and taplin events.

"I'm really hungry for that surf race," she said.

"I was a pool swimmer growing up so I've always liked the surf race."

She is determined to do well in the taplin relay with the in-form Noosa Heads team, which also includes Jordan Mercer and Electra Outram.

They won all six stops of the Ocean6 Series during summer.

"We've proved we can win taplin races in any conditions, in any order," she said.

Surf Life Saving Queensland is closely monitoring the coastal forecast and expected surf conditions leading into the championships.