Trans Tasman 2019 - Lakes Entrance, VIC, Australia

Florence Cox – Team Captain Team NZ

First of all congratulations, the New Zealand team provided one of the best teams we have seen in many years and by the performances on the water it definitely showed. Each and every one of the skiers did an amazing job. Having completed my 8th Trans Tasman now I definitely know what it’s like skiing out there and it’s not easy. It wouldn’t be a Trans Tasman without complications. We had boat issues, missed starts, delayed races, cancelled races, and very trying water. Despite these aspects, all skiers had an amazing attitude and put their best foot forward which as captain is all I can ask for. I would also like to congratulate our supporters- the observers, Mums and Dads, extended families, managers and organisers and especially our sponsors. All of you contributed something to the team one way or another and we thank you for that.

 It was an amazing experience captaining the New Zealand Team this year alongside Connor, having taught many of them at ski school and seeing their progression throughout the season really humbled me. Their passion for the sport also motivates me to do the best for my team as an individual. To compete in the 30th annual Trans Tasman was such an honour. On Saturday night we had dinner and presentation to celebrate the years and honour the people who had been selected in the hall of fame. The inductees from New Zealand were Mike Williams, Brad Dutton, Adelaide Cox and Natalia Flexman. All inductees have made a massive contribution to ski racing. Especially Mike, my family was lucky enough to experience and enjoy the sport with him as we had such a close relationship. Mike taught me almost everything I know. He is the grandfather of Trans Tasman and his passion is a legacy. 

Trans Tasman is by far one of the best competitions we have on offer. The Australian team did a top job of hosting us this year and we thank them very much. I am so proud of our Team and really looking forward to bringing the trophy home next year. Up the kiwis.