IN ACTION: Jett Kenny during round one of the Ocean6 Series.
IN ACTION: Jett Kenny during round one of the Ocean6 Series. Shane Myers 2017 Ocean6

Kenny has eye on ironman future but craft focus for now

SURF LIFESAVING: Jett Kenny says he could make a genuine tilt at the elite ironman scene within the next few years but for now he's focused on extending himself on the board and on the ski.

The Alexandra Headland talent - who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Thursday - will compete in a variety of events during round two of the Ocean6 Series at Coolum Beach this weekend.

He's expected to be a threat with the board after he proved to be the best in that discipline across multiple rounds last season.

He's also likely to feature prominently with the ski, after finishing fifth overall in 2016/2017.

Kenny said he will also compete in the ironman division "for fun" this weekend, before suggesting he could focus more on that prestigious format in seasons to come.

"I'd like to think I'll do it (in earnest) at some point," he said.

"I've been out of the pool for two and half years and I've just hopped back in."

The son of ironman legend Grant Kenny, he is doing laps under the under guidance of ex-Olympian Janelle Pallister, alongside her daughter and talented young swimmer Lani Pallister.

Meanwhile, Kenny's attempt at a board title defence isn't an easy one.

He was seventh in the opening round in Sydney last month and faces some tough opposition.

"You've always got to look out for (fellow Sunshine Coaster) Rhys Burrows...and all the Alex boys (like) Cam Cole and James Porter," he said.

Their club-mate Alex Wright is set to miss the weekend's action, with a fractured nose.

"All the guys from Sydney and the Gold Coast as well are phenomenal paddlers, so I'll do what I can and try and get a good result."

Grant won't be in town for the race but his advice to Jett is always the same.

"Just enjoy it," Jett said.

"Dad just says to take it as it is and have some fun."

Kenny was one of three surf sports competitors to speak to media on Thursday.

The others were Jordan Mercer, the daughter of ironman giant Darren Mercer, and TJ Hendy, the son of ironman great Trevor Hendy.

"It's hard with our parents being who they are and big boots to fill but we do what we can and we just take each day as it comes," Jett said.


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