Surf Life Saving New Zealand is pleased to announce Olivia Corrin (Midway) and Zac Reid (Fitzroy) as co-captains of New Zealand Youth team (Junior Black Fins) for this year's International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC).
Having both represented New Zealand as part of the Junior Black Fins at last year's Lifesaving World Championships in The Netherlands, the 17 year-olds are well placed to lead their team of 12.
The 2017 ISRC is being hosted by Surf Life Saving New Zealand at Mount Maunganui from November 30 to December 3.
Eight national Open teams and five Youth national teams are confirmed to take part including Australia, Great Britain, South Africa, USA, Canada, France and Japan.
The Junior Black Fins will join the Black Fins team of 12 which will be led by Max Beattie (Omanu) and Vice-Captain Devon Halligan (Omanu).
Ahead of the event, both Olivia and Zac will represent New Zealand at other international competitions with Olivia going to this month's World Games in Poland and Zac attending the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas.
New Zealand Youth team coach Matt Cairns says both Olivia and Zac bring a vast amount of experience to the role, especially considering their age.
"We know they will bring an edge from these competitions to our team and lead from the front, he says.
"Their past experiences in a team environment have shown they are willing to put the team first, have a great work ethic, love winning and get on well with their peers. This is exactly what we are looking for in our captains."
Mr Cairns says these appointments have also been made with an eye to the future.
"Both Olivia and Zac are eligible for the Junior Black Fins team for the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide and this experience will help them on that path," he says.
Lisa Smith, Media & Communications Manager, SLSNZ
Phone 0276 488 823