Major Celebration & Emotional Record At ISA World Games
The Highs & Lows Of Creating History At The ISA World Games
It has been a historic week of competition in Denmark for Team Australia as they continued their dominance taking home gold in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. On the final day, they edged out France and New Zealand to earn the overall Team Gold Medal.
Team Australia’s quest for Gold started at the first leg of the World Championship in Copenhagen. They got off to an amazing start with dual Gold Medals in the Paddleboard Distance Race from Lachie Lansdown and Jordan Mercer.
As the event moved to the northwest coast known as ‘Cold Hawaii’, Team Australia briefly trailed in the overall team points ranking behind Team France, but after SUP Surfing Gold from Shakira Westdorp and Silver from Harry Maskell, a SUP Technical Race Bronze Medal from Terrene Black, and repeat Gold Medal performances from Lachie Lansdown and Jordan Mercer in the Paddleboard Technical Races, they had gained the lead and never looked back.
Shakira Westdorp, is Australia’s team captain and Women’s SUP Surfing Gold Medalist. She has dominated SUP surfing in Australia and internationally for over five years and has a dynamic and agile style on the SUP like no-other. She said after the win and a special week with her team, “We showed our dominance from start to finish. Our whole team put in so much work and I think we deserved this.
“Winning Gold is what we come here for. This time around was definitely our most hard-fought Team Gold. There was so much high competition from other countries. It’s awesome to see the growth of SUP and Paddleboarding.
Jordan Mercer took her athleticism, determination and huge heart to a level not experienced by many. This week she achieved her 10th ISA World Championship individual gold medal after the tragic death of her legendary uncle Dean Mercer. She said on social media after her incredible and historic win, “After a challenging year working through injuries. I was selected to represent Australia at the ISA World SUP and Paddle Board Championships. Thank you for believing in me Team! I hope I made you proud. My presence and resilience this week has been inspired by our Team taking out the overall point score. Yesterday was an amazing day of racing with the team.”
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre commented on the success of the games and the incredible level of competition and camaraderie shown in the spirit of the competition.
“This is the largest ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in history. 42 countries, more 450 participants, and more than 700 team visitors gathered here in Denmark. We will all go home as ambassadors of the spirit of the Danish people.
“We got everything this week: wind, waves, rain, and sun. We have deep gratitude to the people of Cold Hawaii for hosting us.
2017 FINAL RESULTS
Team Relay Race
Gold – Australia
Silver – France
Bronze – New Zealand
Copper – Denmark
- (Gold) – Australia
- (Silver) – France
- (Bronze) – New Zealand
- (Copper) – Hawaii
- South Africa
To see full team rankings, click here.