Ironwoman craves equal opportunity
JORDAN Mercer has received the Fair Fighter award at the 2014 Women's Health in Sport Awards in Sydney.
Mercer was recognised for her strong year after winning the annual "Molokai2Oahu" paddleboard world championship, in Hawaii, for the fourth time in a row.
During her speech on Monday night, ironwoman Mercer said that the Australian sport had more work to do to achieve gender equality.
The 20-year-old noted the decision in last summer's Kellogg's Series to not permit women to do the ski leg in Western Australia due to a large swell, but allow the men to do so.
Mercer said she did not agree with the decision, adding that the ironwomen trained just as hard, if not harder, than the men.
She said it was disappointing to have opportunities taken away from the women, but it had also provided extra motivation to keep rising.
Mercer will compete in next month's first round of the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain ironwoman series in Western Australia.