NSW Athletes Make A Splash in New Zealand

Twelve athletes from Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) have returned after participating in the U18 Development Team New Zealand Tour held in Hamilton, NZ from 9-13 October 2013.



The athletes selected from across New South Wales were given the opportunity to compete at the highly competitive New Zealand (NZ) Pool Rescue Championships as well as to undertake important team training sessions and activities.

SLSNSW Surf Sports Manager, Dan Pearce says the NZ Pool Rescue Championships are one of the most competitive in the world.

“The Kiwis are the current world champions when it comes to pool rescue competition so to have our development team take part in the New Zealand National Championships is a great opportunity for our team to learn and improve their skills on an international stage. The young athletes that represented NSW on this tour will no doubt go on to push for selection in state and national team selection in the near future,” said Dan.

The New South Wales team was well represented in the pool competition taking out numerous team events including gold in four relays, silver in two and bronze in seven.

Superstar athlete Ela Heiniger from Byron Bay found she gained a lot from the program.

“Development squads like these open up a lot of doors for the future. Being able to train with international coaches is a really great opportunity to improve technique and learn new things.”

It was great meeting new people, racing with other athletes and bonding with the team,” said Ela.

Congratulations to all participants in the U18 Development Team:

  • Megan King - Terrigal
  • Daniel Smith - Terrigal
  • Alessandra Gasparotto - Terrigal
  • Ela Heiniger - Byron Bay
  • Kendal Fitzgibbons - Cudgen Headland
  • Gabrielle Grieves - Caves Beach
  • Lauren Fulcher - Wanda
  • Jack Ford - Cronulla
  • Daniel Cole - Cronulla
  • Danielle McMahon - Wanda
  • Jed Boxall - Elouera
  • Mitch Rofe - Cronulla

Photos taken by Jamie Houghton

Tue 15 Oct 2013