Kiwi lifesavers prepped and ready for 2017 World Games

Posted by SLSNZ Media on Friday, July 21, 2017

The preparation is complete and New Zealand's lifesaving team is ready to show the World Games what they've got as the competition kicks-off at 8pm tonight New Zealand time.

The team has had a busy few days since landing in Poland on Tuesday after over 30 hours of travelling from Auckland through San Francisco and Frankfurt.

With only a few days between landing and the competition beginning, there has been little time for sightseeing but they have managed to have a look around Wroclaw in between numerous training sessions.

Yesterday saw the 10 athletes put through two training sessions with coaches Jonelle Quane and Dan Grant and manager Mark Weatherall and they ended their day with their cap presentation.

With 28 different sports and over 4000 athletes taking part in this year's World Games, the event is likened to the Commonwealth or Olympics Games.

The pool-based lifesaving events are being held at the Orbita Sports Complex and New Zealand will join teams from Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland and Spain.

The first day of racing will see Carina Doyle, Olivia Corrin, captain Steve Kent and Andrew Trembath in the Women's and Men's 200m Obstacle heats followed by the 4x50m Obstacle Relays with Andrew, Jake Hales, Oscar Williams and Adam Simpson in the Men's events and vice-captain Natalie Peat, Ella Drinnan, Carina and Olivia in the Women's.

Following that, Natalie, Ella, Steve and Jake will be back in the pool for the Women's and Men's 100m Manikin Carry and finishing the day's racing will be the 200m Super Lifesaver events featuring Natalie, Carina, Andrew and Adam.

The first session is expected to finish at around 12 noon local time (10pm NZT) and resume again at 7pm local time (5am NZT on Saturday morning).

Sky Sport will be broadcasting delayed coverage of the finals plus the medal ceremony at 7.15am (NZT) on Saturday on Sport Pop-Up 2.

There will also be live coverage of Day 2 including the men's and women's 50m Manikin Carry, 4x25m Manikin Carry, 100m Manikin Tow and 4x50m Medley Relay on Sky Sport Pop-up2 at 3.30am (NST) on Sunday.

Tune in to Newstalk ZB at 7.30am tomorrow morning to hear an interview with captain Steven Kent following the team's first day of racing.

To keep up-to-date with the journey, visit the SLSNZ High Performance Facebook page or on Twitter and Instagram @SLSNZHP.

World Games: New Zealand team:

Steven Kent - Titahi Bay (Captain)
Adam Simpson - Mt Maunganui
Andrew Trembath - St Clair
Jacob Hales - Papamoa
Oscar Williams - Piha
Natalie Peat - Papamoa (Vice-Captain)
Carina Doyle - St Clair
Ella Drinnan - Orewa
Madison Kidd - Papamoa
Olivia Corrin - Midway

Jonelle Quane - Coach
Mark Weatherall - Manager
Daniel Grant - Assistant Coach
Johnny Clough- Technical Official

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New Zealand team member Oscar Williams in his final training session ahead of the World Games.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Smith, Media & Communications Manager, SLSNZ
Phone 0276 488 823
Email lisa.smith@surflifesaving.org.nz

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