Our Committee Members

Brad James

Communication Officer
After unsuccessfully trying to spearfish on and off for a couple of years, Brad joined AFC in 2014 to up his skills.  He has since set new personal bests in every discipline leading to improved spearfishing while developing a passion for freediving which he looks forward to developing further.

Brad is an AIDA Three Star Freediver and has made a bunch of awesome mates within the club.

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Rosie Sharman

Events Officer

Rosie has a background in ocean swimming and scuba, but is relatively new to freediving. In search of more excuses to be in the water, Rosie joined the AFC in 2016 and has made a massive impact on the club already.  She found the induction sessions great fun and freediving has quickly becoming addictive for her too.

Rosie is looking forward to summer training in Lake Pupuke and getting out spearfishing.

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Nicky Toothill

Training Officer
Nicky joined AFC in search of dive buddies and found exactly that and so much more! She has since entered national freediving & spearfishing competitions and has been lucky to explore some amazing dive locations in NZ. Nicky completed the AIDA 2 & 3 Star course with the club instructors Rob and Braden.

With a background in marine biology, Nicky's passion for marine conservation adds to her enthusiasm for freediving and desire to dive.

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Gemma Cookson

What started as a summer bonding with her Dad over spearfishing has grown into a passion for anything water related. Gemma is mad keen about freediving and keen to see it develop. She is a Splash Ambassador, Freediving NZ board member and competes in national & international freediving comps.

She loves supporting the club that got her hooked and encourages divers of all levels and genders to give it a go!

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Nick Rhodes

Professional Gofer
Nick is passionate about the sea with experience in sailing, windsurfing and a PADI diver.  Enjoying fishing & spearfishing introduced him to AFC & freediving as he wanted to improve his personal safety while diving.  The club and sport is full of great people who are willing to help and teach you on your journey in freediving.

Nick is on the Freediving NZ board and works to promote the sport at grassroots.

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Wil Short

Committee Member
Wil's first breath hold experience was catching Kouras in lake Rotorua. Like many, Wil joined AFC to improve his breath hold and dive fitness for spearfishing. He soon found himself drawn to freediving as a discipline, Wil is AIDA 4* trained by Jonathan Sunnex.

Will's other sporting interests include road cycling, fly fishing and yoga. He is also a former hang glider pilot and competitive skier.

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