JORDAN Mercer is one of the most competitive athletes in the Ironwoman series, but today she wants to win even more badly than normal.
The Nutri-Grain Ironwoman and Ironman series hits North Wollongong beach for their third-round races.
The beaches of Wollongong are hallowed ground for her family, the training and racing grounds of two of the sports greats in Jordan’s father Darren and his late brother Dean, who died earlier this year at age 47.
For Jordan, racing at North Wollongong feels like home, as much of her family still live in the area and will be watching her race today.
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“To share it with my family is important. Nan and Pops house is pretty much a Mercer museum to dad, Darren and Aunty Reen (former ironwoman champ Reen Mercer, nee Corbett),” said Mercer, who is based with her family at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.
“It’s an important one for me to do well at.”
On the comeback from stress fractures in her foot and arm, Mercer has yet to win a round of the six-event series, the opening two rounds claimed by teenagers Jemma Smith and Brielle Cooper.
TJ Hendy and Ali Day claimed victory in the opening races of the Nutri-Grain ironman series with Day now leading the series overall heading into round three.