Byron Bay athletes competing in NZ pool rescue competition
TWO Byron Bay teenagers are among the state's most talented pool rescue athletes to compete in the 2015 New Zealand Pool Championships today.
Jy Timperley and Gabrielle Kay left Australia this week and have been preparing to pit their skills against some of the Kiwis' finest.
All 12 members of the Aussie squad are under 18 and have been selected for the team based on performances during the domestic pool season.
Many of the team are also accomplished summer surf sport competitors.
Head coach Rachelle King said she was excited about the potential of her charges.
"All the athletes on the team have proved that they are ready for that next level of racing internationally," she said.
"I think the tour will provide an invaluable opportunity for all the athletes to post new personal bests and learn from some of the world's leading athletes in pool lifesaving.
"For many of them this will be their first major international meet and I'm super pumped to be guiding them along their journey."
The coach said she was confident the team would perform strongly while on tour, and said many of the teens would use the experience to push for higher representative honours.
"All of our athletes are ranked in the top five of their respective age divisions in Australia and their performances at the NSW and Australian championships were really encouraging," King said.
"The tour has always provided athletes with the right pathway in improving and developing their skills and race experiences, and I think everyone is ready to perform strongly."