Final Black Fins team member announced for Lifesaving World Championships

Posted by Alana McIsaac on Friday, October 26, 2018

Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) is pleased to announce the final member of the 2018 Black Fins Team is Murdoch Finch (Omanu SLSC) who will join the team to compete at the Lifesaving World Championships (LWC) in November.

Black Fins Coach, Jason Pocock, said “We are looking forward to having Murdoch in the team. He had some good results in Japan at the Sanyo Cup in July, including a win in the beach flags.

“Murdoch brings a large deal of support to the team culture and really helps his team-mates to make continual improvements. This is very important to the Black Fins, especially as we’re now less than a month away from the World Champs.

“He also has the ability to compete in other events as previous beachies have. You will see him compete not only on the beach in Adelaide but in other areas, and we are looking forward to that,”

The Black Fins Team Manager, Mark Weatherall added “this is a very exciting time for the team with the final stages of preparation being completed over the next three weeks before we head to Adelaide.”

“Murdoch brings a strong knowledge of international competition leading into worlds and has raced previously with many of the athletes in the team which is an added benefit.”

The 12-strong team now turn their attention towards their final preparation for LWC 2018, before departing in mid-November to Adelaide.

2018 New Zealand Black Fins

  • Andrew Trembath, St Clair (Dunedin)
  • Carina Doyle, St Clair (Dunedin)
  • Chris Dawson, Midway (Gisborne)
  • Cory Taylor, Midway (Gisborne)
  • Danielle McKenzie, Mairangi Bay (Auckland)
  • Max Beattie, Omanu (Tauranga)
  • Madison Kidd, Papamoa (Tauranga)
  • Murdoch Finch, Omanu (Tauranga)
  • Natalie Peat, Papamoa (Tauranga)
  • Olivia Corrin, Midway (Gisborne)
  • Olivia Eaton, Mount Maunganui (Tauranga)
  • Steven Kent, Titahi Bay (Wellington)

The athletes are supported by a strong management and coaching team who are:

  • Coach: Jason Pocock
  • Team Manager: Mark Weatherall
  • Assistant Coach: Jonelle Quane
  • Assistant Coach: Kevin Morrison
  • Assistant Coach: Brett Robinson
  • Assistant Coach: Dan Grant
  • Assistant Manager: Steven Vaughan
  • Physio: Susan Pirret
  • Doctor: Sam Mayhew

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

For more information, please contact:

Alana McIsaac, Media & Communications Manager
Phone 027 515 7157
Email media@surflifesaving.org.nz 

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