What are Freedivers in New Zealand up to?
The results are in and unfortunately Kathryn missed the world record by a whisker! Over the five days of competition, she did five dives between 154 and 164 meters, with two that would have netted her a world record. Unfortunately she fell afoul of a rule that prevents head nods after surfacing, disqualifying both dives.
Fantastic coverage for freediving was generated however and Kathryn proved just how mentally tough she is to do so many big dives back to back.
Congratulations to everyone who dived and thanks to the organisers. Thanks also to all the judges to making the effort and to the sponsors for making it happen.
Click through to the full results.
AIDA New Zealand
AIDA NZ is charged with the responsibility of supporting our elite athletes by facilitating competition in New Zealand and internationally as with any sport grassroots activity is important too and AIDA NZ wants to promote the sport at club level. To maintain consistency in the sport AIDA NZ engages the rules of AIDA International standards and selects internationally qualified judges for every world ranking competition.
AIDA NZ believes that divers should be aware of the risks of the sport and promotes safe diving by compiling appropriate references and contact information for freediving courses run in New Zealand.
The WAFA 2011 lists competitors with the best combination of performances in six freediving disciplines achieved in competitions or in individual attempts officially sanctioned by one of existing freediving federations. This year, the main awards belong to Alena ZabloudilovŠ (Czech Republic) and to William Trubridge (New Zealand). They both receive a revolutionary diving computer Scubapro Uwatec Meridian with an integrated heart rate monitor, and freediving equipment from Apneaman.cz.
AIDA New Zealand have also been awarded the nations classification in the Male category thanks to a number of our male freedivers.