Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Ironwoman Tough

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Ironwoman Tough

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Who: Jordan Mercer.

Born: December 2, 1993, Woolongong, NSW.

Resume: Daughter of ironman champion Darren Mercer, sporting genes and incredible dedication have helped Jordan become one of the most talented, respected and loved surf ironwomen in Australia. Moved to the Sunshine Coast as a five-year-old and became a gymnastics, athletics and surf lifesaving prodigy. Turned professional ironwoman in 2009 at age 16 with numerous podiums to her name in the following years, and in 2011 achieved global attention by becoming the youngest winner of the 52km Molokai to Oahu paddle race while still in Year 12 at Sunshine Coast Grammar. This year Jordan scored her fifth straight Molokai World Paddleboard title, cementing her place alongside Australia's finest endurance athletes.

See her: In the 2015/16 Nutri-Grain IronWoman Series, starting this weekend at Coolum Beach.

BUILT tough. It's as if the words were made for Sunshine Coast ironwoman Jordan Mercer.

Still only 21, the athlete they like to call "Magic" is already an endurance sport legend, having turned ironwoman professional at age 16 and winning five straight World Paddleboard Championship titles.

That means paddling over 52km across the Molokai Channel in Hawaii in a race lasting over six hours... makes your morning beach jog seem a bit soft, doesn't it?

She doesn't mind a quick turn of speed on the road as well, but most important is a decent sized car to haul all her competition equipment around.

We challenged Jordan to answer our searching motoring questions on the eve of this weekend's Nutri-Grain IronWoman Series opener at Coolum Beach.

What was your first car?

It was a Holden Captiva manual that I was given for my 18th birthday. I'm lucky enough to have the support of the Madill Motor Group in Noosa and they organised the car for me. It was love at first sight and I had it for about three years. I was adamant to get a manual, which was tough as my family only had automatics, but I really wanted to be able to drive manuals.

What are you driving now?

Madill's has given me a Honda CR-V SUV which is perfect for my life really. …

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