Coast dominates at Qld Surf Life Saving Championships
SURF LIFESAVING: After years of trying, Rebecca Creedy feels like all the hard work is finally paying off.
The 32-year-old yesterday added the state ironwoman crown to her trophy cabinet after recently claiming a breakthrough win on the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series.
That the former Commonwealth Games gold-medal winning swimmer has had to wait so long for her success in the surf has made it all the more sweeter.
"It wasn't easy getting to where I am today," she said.
"I didn't grow up in the surf so I've had a lot of hard learning curves. I think most people would have given up a long time ago.
"I'm finally starting to get some wins and when I sit down and think about it, it all feels like it's paid off."
Creedy has come close to winning big races in the past but is only now reaping the rewards.
"I think it's taken me that long to really get my head around the surf," she said.
She was at Met Caloundra for almost six years before relocating to the Gold Coast where she said "I am really exposed to changing surf conditions a lot more often and I think that's really helped".
Creedy also snared second place in the Coolangatta Gold late last year. And she's not finished yet. She has an eye on next summer's series after finishing second overall in 2014-15.
"This (state title) has taken me one step closer to next year really being one of the dominant people out there," she said.
"I'm kind of looking forward to the off-season, simply so I can get back into it (training hard) again. There are a couple of years to go for me but that gap is closing so I need to make it (time remaining) count."
Creedy's win at Maroochydore was stunning.
Defending champion Jordan Mercer, of Noosa Heads, looked dominant, only to be swamped by rivals on a late wave during the swim leg.
Mooloolaba's Kirsty Higginson then seemed destined for victory but Creedy dug deep to win in a lunge to the line. Higginson told the Daily she was still "happy" with the result ahead of Aussies next month. Ex-Sunshine Coaster Maddy Dunn was third.
Among other women's results, Mercer won the board race and Met Caloundra the surf boat race. Maroochydore's Alyce Burnett claimed the ski race.