The Australian Surf Boat team has assembled in Shellharbour ahead of tomorrow’s Trans-Tasman test series against New Zealand.
Our squad is looking to defend the title it won last year at Waihi Beach on New Zealand’s North Island.
This year, Australia will be represented by Mona Vale SLSC in the open men’s event and Torquay SLSC in the open women’s. Both crews earned the right to wear the green and gold at last year’s qualifier.
“In terms of Surf Boats, this is the pinnacle. This is as good as it gets and it is the ultimate for all boaties to compete for your country against New Zealand,” Australian team manager Brett Main said.
The team assembled in Sydney this morning for the traditional blazer presentation. Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke presented the team uniform to the athletes.
He spoke of the synergy between cricket and Surf Lifesaving, two organisations who both wear an iconic national cap in the sporting arena.
“I still remember when I received my first Australian cap and it is a moment I will cherish forever. This is an incredibly special moment for this group of talented athletes and I am honoured to be able to be a part of it,” Clarke said.
“It doesn’t matter what sport you are involved in, representing your country is a privilege. I wish the team the best of luck and will certainly be cheering them on against the Kiwis.”
The Trans-Tasman test series is contested across three races each by the men’s and women’s crews.
Australia has won the past three Trans-Tasman series against New Zealand.
The Australia team is:
Open Women’s – Torquay SLSC
- Sonia Heath
- Jessica Kelleher
- Sophie Robson
- Sylvie Withers
- Sweep – Scott Tannahill
Open Men’s – Mona Vale SLSC
- James Bezer
- Trent Rogers
- Jaxon Rudduck
- David Schumacher
- Sweep – Matthew Collins
Team Manager – Brett Main – Caves Beach SLSC