Dive Wellington Beuchat New Zealand Pool Freediving National Championship4-5 October 2014, Porirua, Wellington
Our organiser, Marine Pomarede did a stellar job of organising the competition, with Paul McKeown running the billeting, and Shelley Gurney updating social media in real time. Many thanks to the Judges, medic and safeties for their wonderful work.
There were three sessions and the three pool disciplines performed with both an AIDA grade for international ranking points, and a recreation grade.
A very strong men’s line up made for some very exciting sessions, and the women – with the strength of newcomer Gemma Cookson; recent returner from Thailand, Lady Seal Julia Cunneen; and the amazing invalid Tania Rounthwaite – putting on formidable performances themselves.
Seals Chris Marshall came second in the Men’s competition, while Julia and Paul smashed some PBs. Baby Seal, Kristine Zipfel turned out some beautifully comfortable PBs in the rec grade – her first competition after a month of training!
It was an excellent competition all round for the Seals, well done to all for setting the standard very high for next year’s nationals.