Christy Tate has been called into the Black Fins for International Surf Rescue Championship

Monday, 3 July 2023

Christy Tate from Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) in Gisborne, will make her debut as a Black Fin at the International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC).


Tate has been called into the 12-strong team of athletes as Danielle McKenzie is no longer available to compete.


Tate said, “I’m so excited to be stepping onto the international stage as a Black Fin.  It’s an honour and a privilege, and I can’t wait to not only represent New Zealand but also Waikanae SLSC.  What an incredible opportunity!”


The ISRC is the biggest international ocean and beach competition in the world, outside of the Lifesaving World Championships, with three days of thrilling competition. 


Held every two years, the event serves as a platform to test the skills and expertise of surf lifeguards and this year will include teams from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, and the USA.


Tanya Hamilton, SLSNZ High Performance Manager, said, “Although we will miss Danielle’s vast experience, strength and presence in the team, this provides an exciting opportunity for Christy to debut as a Black Fin.”


The amended 12-strong team of athletes is as follows:

*Represents Black Fins debut


Black Fins:

Briana Irving - Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC)

Chris Dawson - Midway SLSC

*Christy Tate – Waikanae SLSC

*Claudia Kelly - East End SLSC

Cory Taylor - Midway SLSC

*Gus Shivnan - Omanu SLSC

*James Scott - Ōrewa SLSC

*Joe Collins - Fitzroy SLSC

*Kiana O’Fee - Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service

Michael Hanna - Waikanae SLSC

Molly Shivnan – Omanu SLSC

Olivia Corrin - Midway SLSC