Dynamic duo shine at junior champs
EMU Park sisters Lana and Dahlas Rogers have handed out a surf lifesaving lesson to their Junior Iron Woman Series rivals at the Junior Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Iron Woman Championships in Noosa last month.
The dynamic duo were dominant from the opening gun as they lead of the first swim leg heading into the run, with Lana enduring her first runner-up finish in the series.
The 15-year-old had previously recorded powerful performances at the Queensland State Swimming Championships in December last year.
The young sportswoman came in a close second in the final, with sister Dahlas finishing in 6th place.
The Yeppoon-based Rogers sisters were ecstatic by their performances and credited their improved swim legs as the reason for their memorable efforts.
"Indications were that their swimming strength was going to carry them a long way in the Nutra-Grain series," coach Greg Rogers said.
"It proved to be their strongest asset, which helped with the exposure to the endurance of the event."
The local talents were among 80 competitors, competing in two elimination heats prior to the final.
The sister rivalry proved healthy for both Lana and Dahlas, both taking out their opening heats.
"The rivalry proves very healthy, with one winning one day and the other the next," Rogers said.
"They are not only sisters but training partners which helps with the competitiveness also."
The curtain-raiser for the Kellogg's Nutra-Grain Iron Men Championships saw competitors push through tough conditions.
"It was extremely hot, very still and the low tide made it a fairly exhausting test of endurance," Rogers said.
Rogers said the young athletes proved themselves for future seasons with a positive future installed for both girls.
"Being a ground breaking event for that age group, it has been an indication of future Nutra-Grain recruiting," he said.
"It was a great indication that regional talent is adequately prepared to go to the next level when opportunities arise."
The Emu Park surf lifesavers will continue training in preparation for the senior Nutra-Grain qualifying rounds in August.