Dunn's shock Ironwoman win leaves her clubmates in awe
SHE has just won a round of the coveted Ironwoman Series, but talented teenager Maddy Dunn is not getting carried away by the result.
The 18-year-old caused a boilover last Saturday when she won round four at Surfers Paradise.
While many seasoned campaigners have strived for a breakthrough victory for years, Dunn has triumphed in just her fourth outing on the big stage.
"People like Rebecca Creedy haven't won a round yet and they've been in the series for a couple of years," the Mooloolaba competitor said.
"It's been pretty hard for them, so to just to come out of nowhere and win a race is amazing."
Dunn is intent on not getting caught up in any hype surrounding her sudden emergence and is instead looking to consolidate her place in the standings.
She is fourth overall heading into the series' fifth and penultimate round, which will be Coolum Beach on Sunday.
"It (the win) showed that I can get up there and compete with the older competitors, which is pretty good, but I just want to try and stick in the top 10 and re-qualify for next season.
"There's not many points between me and 10th place (a margin of 40 to Amy Nurthen), so it's going to be hard to stay in there."
After showing her skills in the rough stuff at the Gold Coast, Dunn is hoping for more big surf on Sunday.
"I like the bigger surf," she said.
"I've surfed all my life, so I can kind of read the surf and get a feel for it. But I haven't really raced at Coolum before, so it should be something different."
Kendrick Louis, the last-start winner in the ironman series, believes his young clubmate is capable of big things in the sport.
"It's scary what she could produce," he said.
"I don't think there would have been too many girls in their debut series to get a place on the podium in five-foot surf at Surfers Paradise.
"I think it's something she'll always remember and I think a lot of people will remember it as a very special day."
Louis said he was "blown away" by Dunn's performance.
"Ali (Day) and I were sitting there watching the race and we actually couldn't believe how she did it," he said.
"I had goose bumps for her. For a small girl that age to come into her first professional series and to compete in surf that big and to stay so calm and relaxed is mind- blowing."