The Black Fins have come away from the last test of the International Surf Rescue Challenge with a bag full of gold medals and an eye on the future.
“This team has performed incredibly well,” coach Matt Cairns says.
“They have battled the conditions and the competition and really delivered some great results across the three tests.
“Today showed there is an immense amount of talent in the team and also that there is room for improvement. We’ve got things we can work on and things to improve but ultimately it was a great event.”
After the second test was suspended due to rough surf conditions, and the third test was brought forward due to bad weather in the forecast, the teams were greeted with much calmer conditions for the final day of competition on October 1, 2019.
And the Black Fins got off to a golden start with Carina Doyle taking first place in the women’s surf race.
Golds kept coming through the day.
Danielle McKenzie took out the women’s board race and then backed up to win the women’s ski race.
Lochlainn O’Connor, Max Beattie, Mike Lee and Scott Cowdrey won the men’s tube rescue. And Cowdrey and Cory Taylor paired up to win the men’s board rescue.
Doyle, McKenzie, Devon Halligan and Olivia Eaton won the women’s beach relay.
McKenzie and Mike Lee made it three golds from three races showing their domination of the mixed ski relay.
Doyle, O’Connor, Beattie and Natalie Peat also won the mixed surf teams race.
“This team has some new faces combining with experienced campaigners,” Cairns says.
“The future looks really bright. We’ll use this event as a launchpad.
“I’m stoked to be a part of the team, we’ve got a great group of athletes, coaches and management staff.”
A collection of second places was the feature of the rest of the day’s events.
Olivia Corrin picked up second in the women’s Ocean M as did Cory Taylor in the men’s event with Max Beattie finishing third.
McKenzie, Halligan, O’Connor, Lee and Corrin combined for second in the Ocean Lifesaver Relay. Olivia Eaton took silver in the beach sprint.
Beattie was second in the men’s board race while Corrin was third in the women’s board race.
Doyle, McKenzie, Halligan and Peat were second in the women’s tube rescue. Halligan and Corrin were second in the women’s board rescue.
Beattie and Corrin were second in the mixed board relay. Beattie, Lee, Murdoch Finch and Cowdrey picked up silver in the men’s beach relay.
The Black Fins finished second in the three test series behind Australia but clearly ahead of the rest of the field.