QUEENSLAND young gun Lana Rogers shocked a star-studded field on Saturday to win a maiden Australian ironwoman title at Perth’s Scarborough Beach.
Rogers, the daughter of two-time Olympic swimming representative Greg Rogers, overcame the disappointment of finishing sixth in the open surf race to bounce back with victory in the carnival’s blue riband event.
“It’s indescribable, it’s amazing, I’m speechless,” Rogers said.
“It’s so, so, so cool. Everything went according to plan in that race.
“I tried to stick with them the best I could on that ski because I know it’s not my strongest leg but swimming is.”
Any disappointment she had with her surf race result would have disappeared after the swim leg in the iron put Rogers back in a winning position.
And it’s no surprise given her pedigree. Dad Greg won silver and bronze medals in Mexico City in 1968 and her sister Dallas only narrowly missed selection in Australia’s Commonwealth Games team this year.