Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Three- Peat a Focus for Country Tweed Athletes to Lead Way for NSW Country in New Zealand

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Three- Peat a Focus for Country Tweed Athletes to Lead Way for NSW Country in New Zealand

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A NSW Country side loaded with Far North Coast athletes is gunning for a third consecutive win when the contenders line up in the Trans Tasman Surf Life Saving Series in New Zealand this week.

FNC athletes make up the nucleus of the 20-strong NSW Country side, with 11 athletes from the Cudgen Headland, Cabarita and Byron Bay clubs to contest the three-meet biennial series against surf athletes from the Central Coast and Northern Region (New Zealand).

NSW Country has a great record across the ditch and assistant coach Scott McCartney said the side would be gunning for another title against some of the state's and world's best.

Despite their recent dominance, McCartney expects a rapidly improving New Zealand to close the gap on Country and the Central Coast in what he expected to be a tightly contested series.

"We've never lost in New Zealand so this one means a lot to us and we'll be going over there firing," McCartney said.

"Central Coast has been really strong and we've always been head to head but over the years New Zealand has really improved.

"It'll definitely be a three-headed race and it's all about who can put it all together on the day."

The Country team is loaded with talent and has been a breeding ground for competitors moving into the elite ironman and ironwoman ranks with the likes of four-time Coolangatta Gold winner Ali Day and two-time women's winner Courtney Hancock representing the side.

Carrying on that tradition is a team featuring talented Cudgen Headland young guns Anthea Warne and Luke Chaffer, who have been in impressive form this season.

Warne, 15, is coming off a trifecta of wins at the Yamba Ocean Swim last weekend while Chaffer will represent NSW in the State Series on the Sunshine Coast after returning from the tri-series. …

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