Development Squad Ready To Face The Kiwis

A squad of Surf Life Saving NSW’s brightest young pool rescue athletes has arrived in New Zealand to test themselves against that country’s best pool competitors at the 2014 New Zealand Pool Championships in Auckland this weekend.

A total of 12 athletes from six surf clubs across the state were selected to face off against the Kiwis as part of a development program providing the opportunity to compete against some of the best pool rescue athletes in the world.

The U18 development tour will also give young athletes the chance to gain valuable tuition through top level coaching and enjoy the experience of an international tour as a representative of Surf Life Saving NSW.

Team Manager, Don Van Keimpema, says that he is eagerly waiting to see what this young team is capable of on the international stage.

“Since being selected the team has been extremely excited to be given the opportunity to compete against some of the best athletes in New Zealand who are also world champions on their home turf. This development tour is an opportunity that all NSW athletes should strive for and it’s great to see the genuine excitement.

“Since arriving in Auckland the team has bonded well and with a positive training and bonding session yesterday, all are eager to don the NSW cap and show the kiwi's what we are capable of,” said Mr Van Keimpema.

The Championships which are some of the most competitive in the world are set to run over three days from the 29-31 August.

For more information on when the team is racing and links to live results, visit the event page here.

2014 SLSNSW Pool Rescue Development Team:

  • Kiah Taylor, Bulli
  • Abigail Pugh, North Cronulla
  • Indigo Verhoeven, Umina
  • Abbey Dawson, Bulli
  • Kendal Fitzgibbons, Terrigal
  • Jack Ford, Cronulla
  • Daniel Cole, Cronulla
  • Keegan Street, Cronulla
  • Daniel St George, Bulli
  • Lachlan Moyle, North Cronulla
  • Corey Fletcher, Terrigal
  • Emily Rosskelly, Warilla Barrack Point

Fri 29 Aug 2014