Lana enjoying splash of gold after kicker start to season
LANA Rodgers is anticipating a killer season in the water after collecting gold at the Maroochydore Classic.
The 17-year-old Rockhampton surf life saver continued her 2013 success streak on the weekend when she defeated Queensland's best to secure first place in the surf race.
Rodgers, the 2013 Australian Surf Champion, trumped Coolangatta Gold winner Alyssa Bull and Nutri-Grain ironwoman Emma Dick with superior surf swimming skills to kick off her 2014 surf life saving season.
Excited by her results, Rodgers said she was looking forward to the upcoming Oceans 38 series.
"On the weekend I had the Maroochydore Classic and I won the under-19 swim and placed fourth in the ironman," Rodgers said.
"It was really good to win the swim because it's my first year in under-19s and it was a really good start to the season.
"There is a series going on called Oceans 38 and that is all down between the Gold Coast and Sunny Coast so I'm looking forward to that.
"The first round is in December sometime and last year I placed third in the overall points score in the under-17s so that was good."
The rising star's success comes off the back of swag of national pool titles during the winter in record times, and she was hoping to build on those results in the new summer season.
"I recently won the Australian title for swimming, so I'm hoping to place in the under-19s this year, but I'm not expecting too much because I am up against older girls," she said.
Rodgers and her older sister, Dahlas, have been a dynamic duo over the past few years and took out the taplin relay and open surf teams events for Maroochydore over the weekend.
While Lana will continue to train in Rockhampton and attend The Cathedral College, the recently graduated Dahlas will be moving down to Noosa to train.
Despite her sister not joining her, Lana's schedule was as busy as ever with four board, ski and ironman sessions, seven swim sessions and three days in the gym.