Surf life-saving: McMillan named NZ captain

St Clair Surf Life Saving member Andrew McMillan has been named captain of a 12-strong New Zealand squad looking to claim its third consecutive world title.

The Black Fins team to attend the life-saving world championships event Rescue 2016 in the Netherlands in September was named yesterday.

It includes former Olympic Games swimmer McMillan, who was named in an unchanged men's line-up from the one which won the 2014 world title in France.

The team also includes former Olympian Steven Kent and Ironmen Max Beattie and Cory Taylor.

The women's line-up includes former Commonwealth Games swimmers Samantha Lee and Laura Quilter and Ironwoman star Danielle McKenzie.

The New Zealand side will be looking to defend back-to-back world titles after it also won the event in Adelaide in 2012.

Black Fins coach Jason Pocock said there was pressure on the team to win the title for a third time.

"Our athletes worked really hard to create history in 2014 by winning the first back-to-back world titles and were incredibly proud of that achievement.

"However, our athletes aren't prepared to stop there and they are hungry to keep striving and achieving and we have a strong team which I believe is capable of doing just that.''

New Zealand will also be sending a youth team to the event.



Black Fins
The squad

Men: Andrew McMillan (St Clair); Chris Dawson, Cory Taylor (Midway); Max Beattie (Omanu); Paul Cracroft-Wilson (Fitzroy); Steven Kent (Titahi Bay).

Women: Danielle McKenzie (Mairangi Bay); Devon Halligan (Omanu); Laura Quilter,(Wainui); Natalie Peat (Papamoa); Olivia Eaton (Mount Maunganui); Samantha Lee (Lyall Bay).


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