FNC Country leads the way in Trans Tasman series
THE final day of the surf lifesaving Trans Tasman series between New South Wales, New Zealand and the Central Coast will be held at Omaha Beach, north of Auckland, today.
Far North Coast athletes Brad Hunt and Anthea Warne were standouts during the first round of competition at Waipu and Pakapuna over the weekend.
NSW Country are the defending champions and were ahead on overall points leading into the final rounds.
Byron Bay surf lifesavers Caitlin Callahan, Will Jones, Jy Timperley and Hunt are all part of the NSW Country team.
The Far North Coast branch is also represented by Cudgen's Nadine Canning, Luke Chaffer, Josh Jones, Angus Macphail Shaylla Young and Warne.
Claudia Crawford from Cabarita Beach has also been competing in events.
Coach Alan Beveridge has been involved in the series since its inception in 2001.
"We're actually going for a three-peat as we won the series at home in 2015 and before that we were lucky enough to win in New Zealand last time Northern Region hosted the series,” he said.
"I think we've got a very strong team with a good mix of experienced athletes who have been involved before as well as a great group of young kids who are quickly coming through the ranks.
"It's funny Scott (current assistant coach Scott McCartney) was just a young athlete with me on one of the very early teams and now he's sitting there playing an important support role.
"I think we're very lucky with the quality of leadership within the team as someone like Nadine Canning is very experienced and can share those lessons with the younger athletes.”
Meanwhile, the NSW Country Championships will be held at South West Rocks on the Mid North Coast next month.