Outstanding Gisborne surf lifesaver Cory Taylor gave a
tantalising glimpse of his talents as he led the charge for the New
Zealand under-20 team at the Rescue 2012 world championships in
The New Zealand youth team finished second on 991 points, 70 behind hosts Australia, but Taylor dominated the beach events with wins in the board race, ski race and the ironman.
Taylor's efforts were matched by sprinter Toby Harris, who took out the beach flags and a second-placing in the beach sprint, while Natalie Peat and Danielle McKenzie were in terrific form in the women's events.
Peat finished second in the ironwoman behind rising Australian star Jordan Mercer, while McKenzie was fourth.
Mount Maunganui's Sam Shergold played a magnificent supporting role, finishing third behind Taylor in the board and second in the ski. He also finished sixth in the beach flags and beach sprint and helped New Zealand to second in the beach relay.
New Zealand ended the competition brilliantly by taking out both taplin relay events.
Final scores: Australia 1061, New Zealand 991, Spain 800, Japan 604, Canada 582.
Article and photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Journalism