Olympians Steve Ferguson, Natasha Hind, Steven Kent and Andy McMillan have been named in the New Zealand surf lifesaving team to contest the world championships in Australia in November.
They, along with Taranaki's Paul Cracroft-Wilson from the Fitzroy club, are part of a 12- strong team charged with lifting the title from Australia when the champs are held in Adelaide from November 7 to 18.
New Zealand last won the world title in 1998.
"The combination of experience, new talent and having four Olympians, is going to give us the edge this time,” New Zealand coach Scott Bartlett said.
Kayaker Ferguson and relay swimmers Hind, Kent and McMillan all competed at the recent Olympics in the London.
Athletes can compete in 10 separate disciplines - swimming, simulated emergency rescue, ironman/ironwoman, surf-ski, board, beach sprints, beach flags, surf boats and IRB.
The teams are:
New Zealand team: Max Beattie (Omanu), Nikki Cox ( Westshore), Paul Cracroft-Wilson (Fitzroy), Steven Ferguson (Piha), Devon Halligan (Midway), Chanel Hickman (Mairangi Bay), Natasha Hind (Lyall Bay), Steven Kent (Titahi Bay), Samantha Lee (Lyall Bay), Andy McMillan (St Clair), Kevin Morrison (Mairangi Bay), Laura Quilter (Wainui).
Surf Life Saving New Zealand has also named a team to contest the inaugural under-20 world championships, held in conjunction with the senior event.
New Zealand under-20 team: Chris Dawson (Midway), Carina Doyle (St Clair), Kodi Harman (Papamoa), Emily Hodges (Piha), Ben Johnston (Papamoa), Danielle McKenzie (Mairangi Bay), Dannielle O'Connor (Omanu), Natalie Peat (Papamoa), Ben Quilter (Wainui), Karina Radley (Mount Maunganui), Sam Shergold (Mt Maunganui), Cory Taylor (Midway).
- Taranaki Daily News
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