Zac Reid to lead Junior Black Fins
17 Jul 2017
Fitzroy's Zac Reid has been named co-captain of the Junior Black Fins and the International Surf Rescue Challenge.
Reid will lead the squad along with Midway's Olivia Corrin at Mt Maunganui later this year.
Having both represented New Zealand as part of the Junior Black Fins at last year's Lifesaving World Championships in The Netherlands, the 17-year-olds are well placed to lead their team of 12.
The 2017 ISRC is being hosted by Surf Life Saving New Zealand from November 30 to December 3.
Eight national open teams and five youth national teams are confirmed to take part including Australia, Great Britain, South Africa, the United States, Canada, France and Japan.
The Junior Black Fins will join the Black Fins team of 12 which will be led by Max Beattie (Omanu) and vice-captain Devon Halligan (Omanu).
Ahead of the event, Reid and Corrin will represent New Zealand at other international competitions with latter going to this month's World Games in Poland while Reid will be attending the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas.
New Zealand Youth team coach Matt Cairns said the pair brought a vast amount of experience to the role, especially considering their age.
"We know they will bring an edge from these competitions to our team and lead from the front," he said. "Their past experiences in a team environment have shown they are willing to put the team first, have a great work ethic, love winning and get on well with their peers. This is exactly what we are looking for in our captains."