NZ Black Fins take part in first team camp

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The New Zealand Black Fins are getting together this weekend for their first team camp ahead of Rescue 2014.

The camp kicks-off tomorrow morning and will be based at the Muriwai Surf Life Saving Club and other locations around Auckland until Sunday afternoon.

It is the first time the 12 athletes have been together since the team was announced last month.


Team Manager Mark Weatherall says the team will go through a mixture of training and team building activities along with planning for Rescue 2014.

"It has been a busy time since the team was announced, especially with four of the athletes competing over at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, so we're really looking forward to having the full team all together, he says.

"With less than 40 days to go until Rescue 2014 begins, the intensity is really building up."

Rescue 2014, or the Lifesaving World Championships, is being held in the south of France from September 13-26 with the national team's competition beginning on September 16.

New Zealand are the current world champions, having won the world title in Adelaide at Rescue 2012, and the team is eager to win the title once again.

The athletes will get together again on August 22 for their second and final camp. They will also be attending the New Zealand Pool Championships from August 29-31 at the West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland before departing for France on Monday September 8.

New Zealand is also sending a Youth Team to Rescue 2014 which also includes 12 athletes; six male and six female.

Visit /calendar/2014/september/rescue-2014/ for more information about the event and follow our teams on Facebook.

New Zealand Team:

Natasha Hind- Lyall Bay
Samantha Lee- Lyall Bay
Chanel Hickman- Mairangi Bay
Danielle McKenzie- Mairangi Bay
Devon Halligan- Midway
Laura Quilter- Wainui
Steven Kent- Titahi Bay
Andrew McMillan- St Clair
Paul Cracroft Wilson- Fitzroy
Cory Taylor- Midway
Max Beattie- Omanu
Chris Dawson- Midway

Scott Bartlett- Coach
Jason Pocock- Assistant Coach
Mark Weatherall- Manager
Steven Vaughan- Assistant Manager
Susan Pirret- Physiotherapist
Dr Caroline Stuart- Sports Doctor (non-traveling)

New Zealand Youth Team:

Kelsi Boocock - Red Beach
Maia Bryant - Papamoa
Ben Cochrane - Omanu
Olivia Eaton - Mt Maunganui
Jacob Hales - Papamoa
Jake Hurley - Mairangi Bay
Ben Johnston - Papamoa
Matthew Scott - Midway
Jasmine Smith - Wainui
Andrew Trembath - St Clair
Brittany Tucker - Sumner
Hannah Williams - Piha

Kurt Wilson- Coach
Jonelle Quane- Assistant Coach
Brent Wilson- Manager
Mike Ellis- Physiotherapist