Reid to focus on Olympic Dream
Fitzroy Black Fin, Zac Reid has made the tough decision to withdraw from the Black Fins team for the international Surf Challenge in September this year to focus on qualifying for the 2020 Olympics. Reid will not be lost to Life Saving forever, still harbouring ambitions to gain his place back in the Black Fins for the World Championships later in 2020.
Current Sanyo Cup team member Scott Cowdrey from Papamoa has been selected as Reid’s replacement.
Sanyo Cup Captains selected
In what’s turning into a good week for Cowdrey, he has also been selected as Vice-Captain of the Sanyo Cup team that travels to Momochi Beach, Fukuoka, Japan at the end of June. The team will be captained by Waikanae’s Casie Fyall.
Coach Danny Morrison praised their qualities as the leaders of the team. “Casie will be attending her 4th consecutive Sanyo cup and will be a great team leader for this event. Casie has excelled at the Sanyo Cup in recent years and has developed into a truly International Level Athlete. Her knowledge of the Sanyo Cup event and the Fukuoka area, as well as her experience at National and InterClub World Championship level, places Casie in an ideal position to provide significant value and leadership to the younger members of the NZ team with some athletes experiencing their first taste of international racing.
Scott has rapidly transitioned from a talented athlete to a genuine threat at the international level. 2019 will be Scott's second trip to Japan for the Sanyo Cup where he showed that international competition is not something that phases him. He produced some sensational results at Sanyo Cup in 2018 and then this up with a great domestic season this summer culminating in winning his first Senior National Board title. Even at a relatively young age, Scott has shown a level of maturity and calmness in pressure situations that will be invaluable for the rest of the team when we hit Momochi Beach in June.”