NZ Surf Life Saving Team aim to take World title from Aussie

Posted by Administrator on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) today announced the New Zealand team aiming to take the world title from Australia at the Lifesaving World Championships in November.

Earlier today SLSNZ Chairman Michael Bassett-Foss announced the team of 12 athletes, which includes four 2012 Olympians.  He acknowledged the support from High Performance Sport New Zealand during the two year build up to the World Championships.

"The event takes place in November but really it's a two year campaign which has resulted in a team that we feel is our strongest yet." He added.

New Zealand team Coach, Scott Bartlett is looking forward to taking on the Australians and the rest of the world. "We have a team here that has the experience, talent and an absolute determination to win."

New Zealand has won the event once in 1998. Over the last three biannual events New Zealand has continued to close the gap with the world champion Australian team, losing by a heart breaking margin two years ago.

"The combination of experience, new talent and having four Olympians, is going to give us the edge this time," says Bartlett

The Lifesaving World Championships are held every two years and attract competitors from over 40 nations.

Rescue 2012 will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, from November 7-18 and will include five separate competitions - World National Team Championships, World Interclub Championships, World Masters Championships, World Surf Boat Championships, and World Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships.

Athletes can compete in ten separate disciplines - swimming, simulated emergency rescue, Ironman / Ironwoman, surf-ski, board, beach sprints, beach flags, surf boats and IRB.

New Zealand Team

Max Beattie

Omanu

Nikki Cox

Westshore

Paul Cracroft-Wilson

Fitzroy

Steven Ferguson

Piha

Devon Halligan

Midway

Chanel Hickman

Mairangi Bay

Natasha Hind

Lyall Bay

Steven Kent

Titahi Bay

Samantha Lee

Lyall Bay

Andy McMillan

St Clair

Kevin Morrison

Mairangi Bay

Laura Quilter

Wainui

Surf Life Saving New Zealand has also named a team to compete in the inaugural Under 20 World Championships to be held at Rescue 2012.

New Zealand Under 20 Team

Chris Dawson

Midway

Carina Doyle

St Clair

Kodi Harman

Papamoa

Emily Hodges

Piha

Ben Johnston

Papamoa

Danielle McKenzie

Mairangi Bay

Dannielle O'Connor

Omanu

Natalie Peat

Papamoa

Ben Quilter

Wainui

Karina Radley

Mount Maunganui

Sam Shergold

Mount Maunganui

Cory Taylor

Midway

For more information go to: The SLSNZ Rescue 2012 page or visit the Rescue 2012 website.

Partners: High Performance Sport NZ, State, Under Armour, Quiksilver, Togz, Sonic, Dirty Man, Jelly Belly

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