Black Fins Team Named for International German Cup

Tuesday, 3 October 2023

Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) has named the following Black Fins team for the International German Cup, which will be held in Warendorf, Germany from 23 to 25 November.


The eight-strong team of athletes and support team is as follows:


Black Fins:

Madison Kidd – Whangamatā Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC)

Zoe Crawford – Mairangi Bay SLSC

Molly Shivnan – Omanu SLSC

Talitha McEwan – Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service

Fergus Eadie – Mairangi Bay SLSC

Louis Clark – Taylors Mistake SLSC

Sam Brown – Mairangi Bay SLSC

Chris Dawson – Midway SLSC


Support Team:

Steve Kent – Campaign/Team Lead

Andy McMillan – Pool Rescue Coach

Tom Lowe – Assistant Coach/Technical Analyst

Kayla Botha – Physiotherapist


The International German Cup is a two-day pool rescue competition held annually.  It serves as a platform to test the skills and expertise of surf lifeguards in preparation for the 2024 Lifesaving World Championships.


Athletes will compete in various events, including swimming under floating obstacles, rescuing manikins off the bottom of the pool, and line throwing. 


Teams earn points for both individual and relay events, with the winning team being the one that accumulates the highest overall score.


This year the competition will include teams from New Zealand, Australia, and countries across Europe.


Tanya Hamilton, SLSNZ High Performance Sport Manager, said, “The International German Cup offers a fantastic opportunity for athletes, providing an excellent, high-quality competition with a point-scoring system like the Lifesaving World Championships. 


“The Europeans also tend to lead in technique and equipment innovation compared to southern hemisphere countries, making it an important learning experience for us.” 


The Blacks Fins are scheduled to depart for Germany mid-November.


Hamilton said, “We’re excited about the upcoming competition!  We’ve worked hard on pool rescue skills this year and have a strong team, and I’m confident that they will make New Zealand proud.”