Final team camp for Black Fins ahead of Rescue 2016Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Final preparations for next month's event will be the core focus for the team of 12 who will aim to create history by being the first Kiwi surf lifesaving team to win three consecutive world titles.
And a number of them proved they are already in fine form as they took on the Australian Pool Rescue Championships in Queensland over the weekend.
Laura Quilter smashed her own record by 1.5 seconds to set a new World Record in the 50m Manikin Carry with a time of 32.79. Samantha Lee was in second place with a time of 35.05. In the Men's 50m Manikin Carry, Chris Dawson took the gold in a time of 29.58.
Lee also set a new New Zealand record winning the Women's 200m Super Lifesaver in a time of 2.24.52 with Natalie Peat also setting a new New Zealand record in the 100m Manikin Tow in 1.01.75.
Quilter took another gold in the 100m Rescue Medley with Lee taking gold in the 200m Obstacles and Danielle McKenzie winning the Line Throw to make a total of seven golds, four silver and two bronze.
The final team camp will take place on the Gold Coast from this Thursday (August 11) to Sunday with two days of racing in the pool and two days at the beach.
Last month's team camp saw 11 of the 12 athletes in attendance, with sprinter Olivia Eaton in Poland for the World Junior Athletics Championships.
Team coach Jason Pocock says it will be great to have the full team together one last time to hone their skills and work on any key areas ahead of the big event.
"Last month's team camp was a great opportunity to see where everyone is at and allowed the management team to work with them on some areas of development. This time, we will be fine tuning with the athletes pushed hard as the reality of the world champs is now on our doorstep," he says.
Rescue 2016, the Lifesaving World Championships, will be held in Eindhoven and Noordwijk in The Netherlands from September 1-18 and the national team's competition includes three days of racing in the pool followed by two days on the beach.
The six female athletes include Commonwealth Games swimmers Samantha Lee (Lyall Bay) and Laura Quilter (Wainui) Nutri-Grain Ironnwoman stars Danielle McKenzie (Mairangi Bay) and Devon Halligan (Omanu), pool rescue specialist Natalie Peat (Papamoa) and beach sprinter Olivia Eaton (Mt Maunganui).
The men's line-up remains unchanged from Rescue 2014 and includes former Olympic swimmers Steven Kent (Titahi Bay) and Andrew McMillan (St Clair) along with Ironmen Max Beattie (Omanu) and Cory Taylor (Midway) who took part in their first Kellogg's Nutri-Grain series this year. They are joined by Paul Cracroft-Wilson (Fitzroy) and Chris Dawson (Midway).
New Zealand will also be sending a Youth team known as the Junior Black Fins. Like the Open team, the Youth team features six male and six female athletes.
To keep up to date with the team's journey, visit the SLSNZ High Performance Facebook page at www.facebook.com/slsnzhp or on Instagram @slsnzhp.
Australian Pool Rescue Championship results:
Laura Quilter- 50m Manikin Carry (World Record)
Laura Quilter- 100m Rescue Medley
Chris Dawson- 50m Manikin Carry
Natalie Peat- 100m Manikin Tow (NZ Record)
Samantha Lee- 200m Super LifeSaver (NZ Record)
Danielle McKenzie- Line Throw
Samantha Lee- 200m Obstacle
Samantha Lee- 50m Manikin Carry
Laura Quilter- 100m Manikin Carry
Samantha Lee- 100m Rescue Medley
Natalie Peat- 50m Swim with Fins
Sam Lee- 100m Manikin Carry
Chris Dawson- 100m Manikin Carry
For more information, please contact:
Lisa Smith, Media & Communications Manager, SLSNZ
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823