New Zealand Long Blacks make Halberg nominations list
The New Zealand Long Blacks definitely have something to celebrate this year, with recent news that they made the nominations list for a Halberg. I know we are up against some well established sports and heavy weights for Team Of The Year, however making the list is golden for the New Zealand Long Blacks who were only established in 2017, says Olna Ford, Founder and Owner of the team. The high-performance national team of long hitters have a full year ahead with the involvement of a National roll-out plan to grow Long Drive and Xtreme Drivers events around NZ.
The global pandemic has proven to play havoc with plans this year, yet 2021 has created hype for the LB’S with Captain of the Women’s team Phillis Meti, named with a Queen’s honour and to wrap up the year, the Men’s team are nominated for a Halberg. The New Zealand Long Blacks website www.newzealandlongblacks.com will get alot of traffic in 2022 with the announcement of an Asia Pacific Tournament that has been signed to include Japan, Korea and China. The virtual tour promotion (software) with Optishot is ready with the New Zealand Long Blacks at the centre of attention with the media. Creating history for the sport and NZ since 2017, Olna is beaming with pride and joy. “It’s hard to travel the road untraveled and believe you will reach your destination”, says Olna. A tonne of self investment has gone into the team’s branding with registered trademarks on everything from the logo to tag lines eg. Golf Just Got Loud. The New Zealand Long Blacks have been appearing on Mercedes Benz vehicles since 2017 with the intention to commercialise the team, products such as labelling New Zealand Long Blacks water another way to get the team brand seen. Our nation’s Longest Hitters to XDL are set to drive the sport globally with major progress being made in the pandemic. “I set out to prove that Long Drive was not Golf, that it was a High-Performance Sport and with this we have achieved what no other company or country has for the sport”, says Olna. Olna gives thanks to the NZ government for acknowledging the self-investment and commitment that has been made by Olna Ford towards the sports growth and with this Olna’s company New Zealand Long Drive and XDL are now recognised as NSO for the sport.
Back to back winners of the Trans Tasman Clash, the famous Darren Wise – Stingray trophy is currently on home turf and the New Zealand Long Blacks are definitely bringing their A-Game in 2022 to keep it here. The Trans Tasman Clash is planned for Australia once the borders are open in April. Team supporters gear is available now online via the LB’S website with plans to have team gear in supporting venues. Get behind our National Team of Longest, Fastest Drivers of XDL and see why this sport is quickly becoming the most exciting high-performance sports to watch and participate in.