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Corrin pleased to be at home

SURF LIFESAVING

MIDWAY clubbie and New Zealand representative Olivia Corrin had been hoping to be finishing off preparations for the Australian surf lifesaving championships about now, but then along came Covid-19.

The 19-year-old came home to compete for Dawson Building Midway in the New Zealand championships in Gisborne, but within two days of that event in mid-March the virus arrived.

Olivia moved to Australia last October and competes for the Northcliffe club on Queensland's Gold Coast in ironman, swim and craft events.

“I had intended to return to Australia after the New Zealand titles but because of the virus I decided to stay here with Mum and Dad.”

She's at home with father Dave, mother Suzanne and brother Jacob, 16.

“It feels good to be home with my family during the lockdown, and I know Mum and Dad are really pleased I'm home with them while all this is going on.”

She worked as a waitress on the Gold Coast and said that work would have stopped anyway because of the virus.

“I'm picking apples for Heavitree at Waerenga-a-Hika, though lately we've been doing more apple-packing than picking because of the rain,” Olivia said.

“It's hard work but it's good, and I need to earn some money somehow.”

At this stage she thinks it could be June before she can return to Australia.

“But hopefully I will be able to go back to the Gold Coast some time in May.”

Olivia teamed up with three Midway clubmates to win the gold medal in the tube rescue at the New Zealand titles, and won bronze medals in the ski relay and surf teams races.

She was unable to compete in individual events due to a stress fracture in her lower right leg and was in a moon boot for a while.

“I don't need the boot any more but the injury is still healing.

“I was tracking well to be fully fit for the Aussie titles, though, and it's gutting that those championships were cancelled due to the virus.”

She was named in the New Zealand Black Fins squad again after the national champs for the Lifesaving World Championships in Italy in September. That event has also been cancelled.

“It's disappointing for the whole surf lifesaving community,” Olivia said.

“The Black Fins were really looking forward to going hard and getting the world championship trophy back off the Aussies.”

New Zealand finished second to Australia in 2018 after going in as defending champions.

Olivia has been unable to train fully because of the lockdown restrictions, and has been doing some limited training at home.

“Lockdown is really frustrating because we're not allowed to go to the beach or the pool to train.

“I'm doing some circuit training workouts at home, some weights and we've set up a bungy in our family pool so I can do some board training.”

Corrin wants to stay as fit as she can before returning to Australia, where she will try to qualify again for the Nutri-Grain ironwoman series.

“Last season was a real eye-opener in the Nutri-Grain. I learned so much and it made me more confident that I could be there again.”

She had this to say about the merits of the lockdown —

“I think everyone just needs to continue what they are doing. It seems to be working for the whole of New Zealand, the whole community.

“As long as we all stick to the rules we'll get back to normality sooner rather than later.

“Young sportspeople like me want to be out training again and having fun, rather than just being stuck at home. But right now it feels good to be playing my part in lockdown.

“I know we will come through this.”

CATCHING A WAVE: Midway team member Olivia Corrin competes on the ski at the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships in Gisborne. File picture by Paul Rickard