State New Zealand Pool Championships this weekend

Posted by Matt Warren on Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Surf Life Saving New Zealand's first national event for the season kicks off this weekend with the single largest pool event in the country, The State New Zealand Pool Championships.

The national championships for pool rescue events, features events ranging from manikin carries and obstacles to line throw and rescue medleys.

Now in its 10th year, the competition has gone from strength to strength and has the reputation of close exciting racing. This year records are expected to be broken especially by some of the competing Olympians.

Athletes from the Australian Worlds team will be here to compete against New Zealand Worlds athletes in a last minute meet before they go head-to-head at the World Life Saving Championships next month in Adelaide.

The event features both young and old with the largest age group of competitors being under 16, though to Masters competitors and even senior citizens with this year's oldest competitor aged 74.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand is excited to see the continual growth and interest in the Pool Championships at both a National and Regional level.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand Event Manager Scott Roberts says the pool champs is a good, fun event with a great dynamic which is why people continue to come each year. "It's the first national event of the season and it's a perfect way to kick it off," he says.

The State New Zealand Pool Championships is being held at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie from October 5-7.

The competition kicks off at lunchtime on Friday with the Under 11 Men's 50m Swim with Fins.

Visit sport.surflifesaving.org.nz/nzpoolchamps for more information and results. Or follow the event on social media www.facebook.com/surflifesaving | www.twitter.com/slsnz.

For more information contact:

Lisa Honeybone, Media & Communications Coordinator, Surf Life Saving New Zealand
Phone 09 303 9335 or 027 648 8823

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