Dean Mercer Dash | Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club
October 30 @ 7:15 am - 12:00 pm
Dean Mercer Dash – Thirroul SLSC
2021 saw the inaugural running of the Dean Mercer Dash. As COVID restrictions were easing, Thirroul SLSC, with the blessing of the Mercer family, ran a 3km offshore board paddle between Thirroul and Sandon Point. Given the success of the inaugural event, the Dean Mercer Dash is now an annual 5km Board Paddle event that is held on the last Sunday in October, to honour a legend of SLS, and Thirroul SLSC Life Member, Dean Mercer.
Some history on the course…
In the 1990’s Thirroul SLSC had a fixed paddle course, with a landmark start and finish covering the 1.25 kms from Sandon Pt. to the Thirroul clubhouse. This high intensity time trial was a good fitness indicator of the readiness for State and Aussie titles. Before concentrating on the ironman event (as an Opens competitor), Dean Mercer had won both the NSW Championships in both Cadet and Junior Board Races. Along with brother Darren and Brett Dowker, Dean also won the 1989/90 Opens Board Relay at the Australian Championships held at North Wollongong. In recent years some have completed the same course with good elapsed times. This includes three recent State and/or Aussie Board Race finalists but Dean Mercer (OAM) still holds the record for the dash. 8.54min