New Zealand Junior Black Fins announced

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) is pleased to announce the New Zealand Youth team to compete at the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships in the Netherlands this September.  

The team, known as the Junior Black Fins, consists of 12 athletes; six male and six female.

The Lifesaving World Championships is held every two years and attracts competitors from over 40 nations.

The Youth team component was added to the Life Saving World Championships by the International Life Saving Federation in 2012. The format is the same as the Open national teams event.

They will compete over four days of competition; two days of pool events and two days of beach and ocean events.

Junior Black Fins coach Jonelle Quane says there is a great mix of athletes in the team which she feels is one of the strongest yet.

"These athletes have performed really well, particularly in recent months at regional and national champs, and I look forward to seeing them come together and fight hard to win the Youth title this year," she says.

Rescue 2016 will be held in Eindhoven and Noordwijk in The Netherlands from September 1-18 and the Junior Black Fins will travel alongside the New Zealand Open team (The Black Fins) who will be announced next month.


1. Alaynah Bettany - Lyall Bay
2. Grace Kaihau - Orewa
3. Hannah Williams - Piha
4. Jamie Gedye - Waikanae
5. Libby Bradley - Mt Maunganui
6. Olivia Corrin - Midway
7. Hamish Miller - Mt Maunganui
8. Lewis Clareburt - Lyall Bay
9. Javon McCallum - Fitzroy
10. Kane Sefton - Mt Maunganui
11. Seb Johnson - Sumner
12. Zac Reid - Fitzroy

Coach: Jonelle Quane
Assistant Coach: Matt Sutton
Manager: Ange Johnston
Physiotherapist: Mike Ellis

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Smith, Media & Communications Specialist, SLSNZ
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823