Australia has taken the third and final test victory, plus the
overall event win, after a convincing performance at the 2017 DHL
International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC) held this week in Mt
Held since 1999, the event attracted seven countries from around
the world to compete head-to-head here in New Zealand for the title
of International Surf Rescue Champions, and as an added bonus,
allows teams to prepare for next year's Surf Life Saving World
The New Zealand Black Fins finished in second closely behind the
dominant Australian team with their own stunning performance but
say they will fight back at the World Championship event next year
to retain their title as the current World Champions.
Taking the final spot on the podium in third was the United States
of America (USA) who fought back after a loss yesterday to climb
back up the leader board and finish ahead of fourth placed getters
South Africa by 22 points.
Rounding out the top five was Japan, who ended the DHL ISRC only
eight points behind South Africa.
The British and Canadian teams finished in sixth and seventh
respectively after the three-day event.
Australia also won the youth category by 15 points over the New
Zealand Junior Black Fins meaning they take home several trophies
this weekend. South Africa finished in third, while Great Britain
and USA finished in fourth and fifth respectively in the under-19
Surf Life Saving New Zealand sport manager Mike Lord said the
event was a "huge success" and it was "an honour" to host the six
"We are proud to have hosted this event and shown the world how
fantastic the beaches are here in New Zealand. The DHL
International Surf Rescue Challenge was really well received all
around the world and it was great to see so many supporters
cheering on their team through social media,"
"So congratulations to all the athletes and the team management
for their fair, yet fierce competitive spirit and putting on a good
show. The result wasn't guaranteed until the final event finished
and that's a real testament to the quality of competition here this
"I also want to thank all the officials, volunteers and event
management for their tireless effort in putting this event on.
We're hearing from teams that this one of the best ones yet, but it
also wouldn't have been possible without the support from our
generous sponsors," Mr Lord added.
Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless said the Tauranga City Council is
proud to support the DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge and
said "events like this are so much more than just a sports
"The surf rescue challenge showcases our city and its natural
environment to athletes and their supporters from all over the
world, including Australia, Great Britain, South Africa, USA,
Canada and Japan."
Mr Brownless added events like the DHL ISRC "build community
spirit and local pride, promote our region to an international
audience and boost the local economy. This event highlights the
capacity and capability of Tauranga to host major events to a
national and international audience."
Alongside the DHL ISRC, the Tri-Nations Trophy was also contested
at the event which includes New Zealand, Australia and South
Africa. Australia has dominated the Tri-Nations Trophy since it
started and have continued their winning streak this weekend.
With the DHL ISRC now wrapped up, the next major event on SLSNZ's
sport calendar is the Eastern Region Championship held on January
27th and 28th, followed immediately by the New Zealand
Representative Challenge on January 29 in Mt Maunganui.
Full race-by-race results are available on our website here
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from the DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge.
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