Hurst claims Ironman event at SLS champs

KURRAWA SLSC product Ky Hurst has claimed the Ironman event at the 2014 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships at Kirra Beach.

He crossed the line first on Sunday, ahead of Luke Cuff and Matt Bevilacqua.

“I’m ecstatic – my whole goal for this weekend was to come down and make finals and I really didn’t know how I was going to go,” Hurst said after the win.


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“To tell you the truth, it was a bit of shock to win. I’m not feeling that great, so to come away with the win is certainly huge for me and I just wish my little boy had hung around to watch!”

While Hurst was overjoyed with the win, he freely admitted his sights were set firmly on adding another Australian ironman title to his name.

“I know Shannon’s (Eckstein) on five and I’m on four so I can’t let him get too far away from me. It’s something that I certainly want.”

In the women’s event, Noosa’s Jordan Mercer put on a dominant display to deliver one of the biggest wins of her fledgling career.

Jordan Mercer celebrates winning the ironwoman event at the Queensland Surf Life Saving event at Kirra Beach.

Jordan Mercer celebrates winning the ironwoman event at the Queensland Surf Life Saving event at Kirra Beach.

‘Magic’ led a star-studded field from start to finish to take out the event ahead of former national champions Kristyl Smith and Rebecca Creedy.

“It’s really fantastic, I’ve been waiting a very long time to get a win like this,” she said.

In the surf boats, Maroochydore took out the open male division while Currumbin clalimed gold in the open female.

Kurrawa speedster Melissa Howard also claimed her own personal slice of history when she won the open female beach flags and, in doing so, claimed her 10th open individual Queensland championship.