Zoe Crawford making waves in the pool and on the beach

Zoe Crawford is one of our epic Tania Dalton Foundation scholarship recipients

Zoe is a talented athlete from Auckland, who has been selected to represent New Zealand on the world stage for not only one sport but two ! Zoe will compete in the 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Championships held in Hawaii this August and the Youth Surf Life Saving World Championships held in Italy this September. “I’m excited to experience what it's like to race on the world stage and travel to new countries.” Growing up in Gisborne, Zoe’s passion for surf life saving started when she was 6 years old as a Tadpole at Midway, when she moved up to Auckland she joined Mairangi Bay surf life saving club. “ I've been swimming for forever, my mum knew it was important to learn to swim.” Zoe enjoys racing in the 200 back and the 50 freestyle. Zoe is currently preparing and training to compete in the Australian Pool Rescue Championships early August with the NZ team. “It's good preparation for the upcoming competitions to see where i'm at.” Zoe’s main events in the pool rescue include 100 manikin carry with fins and 100 manikin tow with fins. After limited opportunities to race last year due to covid and lockdown, Zoe is stoked to be able to race again. “I really want to PB at these competitions. I am just focusing on my racing because it's the only thing I can control is myself.” When speaking about inspiration, Zoe mentioned Australian nutrigrain athletes Harriet Brown and Georgia Miller as role models.“ I also look up to Rachel Mayhew and Steve Kent, they are a part of my club and I know I can go to them for any advice.” Rachel and Steve have also represented New Zealand on a world level.