Junior Black Fins announced for Rescue 2018

Friday, 13 April 2018

Surf Life Saving New Zealand is pleased to announce the team of 12 Youth athletes selected to represent New Zealand at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships.

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

Held every two years and attracting athletes from over 40 nations, the 2018 event will take place in Adelaide, Australia from November 15-December 2 with the national team's competition taking place from November 21-25.

The team will compete in 43 pool and beach lifesaving events over five days of competition including three days of pool events and two days of beach and ocean events.

Junior Black Fins:

Aidan Smith, Papamoa
Briana Irving, Waikanae
Claudia Kelly, East End
Declan Dempster, Mount Maunganui
Lochlainn O'Connor, Mount Maunganui
Lucy Makaea, Piha
Macy Burns, Lyall Bay
Mitch Cowdrey, Papamoa
Oscar Williams, Piha
Sasha Reid, Fitzroy
Tessa Bradley, Mount Maunganui
Zac Reid, Fitzroy

The athletes will be led by the management team of Matt Cairns (Coach), Shane Smith (Manager), Simone Spencer (Assistant Manager) and Mike Ellis (Physio).

The Junior Black Fins will travel alongside the New Zealand Open team (the Black Fins) who will be announced in due course.

We wish them all the best in their bid to win the 2018 Lifesaving World Youth Championships and look forward to following their build up to the event.

To keep up-to-date with the team's journey, visit the High Performance Facebook page or on Twitter and Instagram.

For more information about the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships, visit


For more information, please contact:

Lisa Smith,  Media & Communications Manager
Phone 0276488823  or email


Mike Lord,  Sport Manager
Phone 0274571025 or email