The club teams brought enthusiasm and hard work to their sessions. Auckland A had outstanding performances, finishing with a blistering 704.5 points, and made the New Zealand A team think very carefully about their intended distances. Brisbane team Packing Narked had a difficult start with divers withdrawing but managed a very respectable 508 points for the competition, placing them in second. The all-women team from Wellington, the Lady Seals, were easy to spot with their signature hot pink swimming caps and unicorn mascot, and celebrated a third place of 495.5 points. Auckland B came in fourth with 472.5 points, displaying great discipline under pressure, with the T3C their first freediving competition. Melbourne’s Breathing is Overrated knocked out a series of impressive PB’s for their 422.5, but illness and a red card made for a difficult final day.
Thanks to judges John Wright, Ben Noble, Aya Mizumura, Shelley Gurney, Kathryn Nevatt, and Ben Jeffares for keeping the competition ticking over; Nick Rhodes, Joy Keene, Chris Marshall and Phil Clayton, Michael Bates and Marine Pomarede, and Mal Bird for the behind-the-scenes organisation, the many volunteers and safeties, and to Tulsi Contemporary Indian, Ocean Hunter and Beuchat, and Holmes Construction for sponsoring the event.
The second Trans-Tasman Team competition will take place in Australia, 2018.
By Shelley Gurney. This article originally appeared in Dive NZ and has been reprinted with permission. It has been modified to fit with the AFA’s editorial content.