Steven Kent af­ter third world ti­tle

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Ti­tahi Bay’s Steven Kent will be in the mix once again at the world life­sav­ing cham­pi­onships this year.

The New Zealand Black Fins team was named on April 29 to con­test Res­cue 2016 – the life­sav­ing world cham­pi­onships – in the Nether­lands from Septem­ber 6 till 11. The New Zealan­ders will be look­ing to make it three ti­tles in a row.

The members of the Res­cue 2014 team re­join­ing Kent in the New Zealand team are An­drew McMil­lan (St Clair), Max Beat­tie (Omanu), Cory Tay­lor and Chris Daw­son (both Mid­way) and Paul Cracroft-Wil­son (Fitzroy).

The world champs, held ev­ery sec­ond year, are the largest com­ing to­gether of ath­letes in life­sav­ing, at­tract­ing com­peti­tors from more than 40 coun­tries.

Ath­letes can com­pete in sep­a­rate dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing res­cue sim­u­la­tions, Iron­man and Iron­woman, beach sprints, surf ski and swim­ming events.

Black Fins coach Ja­son Po­cock said the pres­sure would be on for a New Zealand three-peat.

He said the team knew each other’s strengths, but the com­ing months would in­volve in­tense train­ing and team-build­ing.

‘‘Our ath­letes worked re­ally hard to cre­ate his­tory in 2014 by win­ning the first back-to-back world ti­tles,’’ he said.

Steve Kent with the world cham­pi­onship tro­phy in 2014.

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