A relaxed Jordan Mercer will line up at the Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships on the Gold Coast this month in ‘career-best form’ following a string of dominant performances across the summer months.
The 22-year-old is riding a wave of confidence after taking out her maiden Nutri-Grain IronWoman series title earlier this year and, in doing so, solidifying her reputation as one of the sport’s genuine superstars.
But she’s feeling no added pressure heading into the pointy end of the season.
“For me, I know that I’m definitely in the best form I’ve ever been in. I’ve been making some really good decisions when I’m out in the surf racing, and I’ve been managing to get a lot of results on the board,” Mercer said.
“It was such an incredible achievement for me to not only get my first round win in the series, but to then to go on and take out the overall title, and I don’t feel any extra pressure from that.
“I think moving through the Summer of Surf since then and having a lot of racing under my belt has definitely made me feel more confident, because I know that I’ve learnt so much and I’m definitely racing the best that I ever have,” she said.
The Queensland Championships will see Mercer link up with Noosa club-mate and Nutri-Grain series runner-up Kirsty Higgison, forming a formidable pairing in the team events.
Mercer said it was an exciting prospect to team up with Higgison, whom she credited with playing a key role in her recent run of strong form.
“It may have been the missing piece of the puzzle after all of these years. Just having somebody with that same competitive drive who’s training so hard next to you is something that I’ve never had the luxury of before,” she said.
“I know we’re both looking forward to finally being able to team up and work together, and hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy some joint success as well.
“Kirsty and I have been finishing one and two since the start of the season, so to put the two best ironwomen at the moment together in a team is going to be very exciting,” she said.
The 2016 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships will see the state’s top ironmen and women take centre state this weekend (March 18-20).