The reality of competing on a home beach for the first time in
six years has the New Zealand Black Fins even more fired up to put
on a top performance.
New Zealand's surf lifesaving team came together over the
weekend for their first team camp ahead of the DHL International
Surf Rescue Challenge which will take place across three tests at
Mount Maunganui later this year.
Black Fins coach Jason Pocock says the camp was a great chance
for everyone to get together and gel as a team.
"We have a really exciting team with some established and
experienced Black Fins as well as some new, enthusiastic members
and it was great getting them all together, he says.
"One of the highlights of the weekend was having 2015 Black
Fin's captain Paul Cracroft-Wilson attend and pass on Tangaroa, our
leadership symbol, to Max Beattie who was very humbled. It is going
to be great to watch Max continue to grow his fantastic leadership
skills and he will fire the team up with his actions and his hugely
passionate approach to racing."
After a weekend full of training, goal setting and team building
activities, the team is confident that they have a clear
understanding of what they want to do as individuals and how that
will impact and support the team.
"With less than 60 days now until the first test, our planning
will ramp up to ensure the 2017 Black Fins have the best
opportunity to perform at their peak," he says.
Team manager Mark Weatherall says the training camps are always
an important part of the management team's planning.
"While the coaches are focused on the athletes, I see the time
as crucial for the development of the team management. We have a
very important role around ensuring the environment is the best it
can be for our athletes to be perform," he says.
The International Surf Rescue Challenge is a beach-based
competition that takes place every second year and Surf Life Saving
New Zealand is proud to be hosting the event for the first time
Along with the New Zealand Black Fins and Junior Black Fins will
be teams from the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa,
Canada, Australia and Japan.
Mr Weatherall says they're looking forward to the opportunity to
compete for New Zealand in front of the New Zealand public. As many
international surf lifesaving competitions are held overseas, there
is rarely an opportunity for them to engage with the local
The team is currently working on a number of initiatives which
they believe will create an opportunity for the team to engage with
the wider community.
Visit the DHL international Surf Rescue Challenge
Facebook page for the latest event news and information.
New Zealand Black Fins
Carina Doyle- St Clair
Danielle McKenzie- Mairangi Bay
Devon Halligan- Omanu
Kayla Imrie- Paekakariki
Natalie Peat- Papamoa
Olivia Eaton- Mt Maunganui
Cory Taylor- Midway
Kodi Harman- Papamoa
Lewis Clareburt- Lyall Bay
Marty McDowell- Titahi Bay
Max Beattie- Omanu
Nick Malcolm- Mairangi Bay
Jason Pocock- Coach
Mark Weatherall- Manager
Steven Vaughan- Assistant Manager
Kevin Morrison- Assistant Coach
Jonelle Quane- Assistant Coach
Brett Robinson- Assistant Coach
Daniel Grant- Assistant Coach
Susan Pirret- Physio
Sam Mayhew- Doctor
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