South Australian Freedivers club member and AFA Secretary Lisa Borg has taken out all-round third place at the 2017 Splash NZ Pool Nationals, held at Challenge stadium in Auckland.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself at Australian Nationals and didn’t do as well as I would have liked, so I wanted this event to be about three solid white card performances. I wasn’t thinking about rankings, just about doing the best I could on the day, and I couldn’t believe it when the final results came up.” The total points (161.1) from her three dives – 3.33 static, 84m dynamic no fins and 153m dynamic, were enough to secure Borg third place behind NZ’s Kathryn Nevatt and Denmark’s Anette Rafen-Ottzen.

“It was a great experience. I’ve learned a lot at every competition, and the freediving community is one of the best aspects of our sport due to the support and friendships that come with it.”

(L-R) Lisa Borg preparing for dynamic, being congratulated by her surface coach Jody Fisher after static, and after her successful dynamic no fins. Photos by Shelley Gurney.

Lisa was part of a strong Australian contingent of competitors comprising Craig de Vos (SA), Damien Heco (VIC), Andrew Kelly (QLD) and Alan Maddick (VIC). During the event, the head judge Fran Rose ran a judge course, providing Australia with 3 new judges (Craig de Vos , Lauren Cameo (SA) and Alan Maddick (VIC). de Vos also secured 4th ranking in the men’s dynamic with a performance of 173m, and Damien Heco (123m, 104m) and Alan Maddick (136m, 101m) secured two PBs in DYN and DNF respectively.

The AUS-NZ rivalry is expected to continue in 2018 with a Trans-Tasman team event.