Young Pool Guns Gear Up For NZ Tour
After packing the essentials of swimmers, goggles, training equipment and passports, the NSW U18 Pool Rescue Development team even had room in their luggage for optimism as they gathered at Sydney International Airport on Wednesday for their flight to New Zealand.
The nine-strong-team headed across the Tasman where they will compete at the 2017 New Zealand Pool Rescue Championships as part of an annual tour that has done much to accelerate the development of the state’s most talented pool athletes.
After a strong domestic campaign where record numbers competed at the NSW Pool Rescue Championships selectors had the luxury of selecting a strong squad for the tour with many of those making the trip equally as skilled in the surf as they are in the pool.
The youngsters listed on the team sheet hail from across the state with seven clubs being represented. Avoca Beach (Finn Flaherty and Charlie Jeffries) and Cronulla (Philippa Emery and Nathan Ford), both have two athletes apiece, while Manly’s Emily Doyle is one of the more experienced members of the squad and is making her second trip.
Head Coach Rachelle King who is making her third trip at the helm of the side and has significant experience as a competitor is anticipating a successful outing for the team.
“We have an extremely talented bunch of athletes heading off this year and I think as shown in previous teams it’s a great opportunity post times on the board for the upcoming world championships selection and keep their names at the forefront of selectors minds.
“This is my third NSW pool team that I have coached now and I love getting to know the athletes, tweaking their techniques and most of all enjoy the overall experience. The New Zealand Nationals is always a fantastic competition to be a part of and I think the athletes are extremely lucky to have this opportunity,” she said.
Preparations for the tour began in earnest last month with a training camp on the NSW Central Coast, and the athletes will be fine-tuning their techniques in the coming days before hitting the pool and taking on the best that the Kiwis can offer.
The 2017 NSW U18 Pool Rescue Development team will be in action from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 October.
2017 NSW Pool Rescue Development Team:
Chantal Luxton - Cudgen Headland SLSC
Philippa Emery - Cronulla SLSC
Bailey Proud - Redhead SLSC
Finn Flaherty - Avoca Beach SLSC
Emily Doyle - Manly LSC
Nathan Ford - Cronulla SLSC Bronte Smith - Umina Beach SLSC
Charlie Jeffries - Avoca Beach SLSC
Jett Garland - North Cronulla SLSC
Head Coach – Rachelle King
Team Manager - Blake McCrindle
Assistant Team Manager - Ela Heiniger
Photograph - The NSW U18 team are all smiles after their first session in New Zealand
Thu 12 Oct 2017