South west rocks readies for IRB state championships

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The 2014 NSW Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Championships are but a week away with surf clubs around the state preparing for the three day event in South West Rocks.


The championships which will run from the 28-29 June will see South West Rocks SLSC host over 260 athletes from 19 different surf clubs for the state’s premier IRB racing carnival.

IRB Racing is an exciting and technical sport that showcases the skills of volunteer lifesavers in simulated rescue scenarios. Competition gives lifesavers a chance to hone their skills and abilities for real life situations while on patrol.

Surf Life Saving NSW Surf Sports manager, Shane Knight, says that competition is sure to be fierce with the state title on the line.

“With the recent conclusion of the NSW IRB Premiership Series, surf clubs are now focused on taking home a state medal.

“While the Premiership is played out over weeks, the State Championships all come down to one weekend demanding the best performances and the fastest racing with any little mistake sure to be punished by rival teams.

“We’re really looking forward to holding the event at South West Rocks which should be the ideal venue for IRB racing,” said  Knight.

2014 IRB Premiership Champions, Kiama Downs SLSC, should be the team to beat on current form but historically have found the state championships difficult.

On the other hand Caves Beach SLSC has won 10 state championships in the past and the club has a formidable record at state level, winning every NSW Championships held since 2001 except for 2011 when they finished 2nd to South Maroubra SLSC.

A number of other teams are all strong chances at taking any number of medals including South Maroubra, Terrigal, North Cronulla, Queenscliff, Forster or Thirroul.

South West Rocks Club President Rodney McDonagh says that excitement is really starting to build around the club.

“We’re quite pleased with the progress so far, the beach is looking great and there is a real buzz around the club. We’re really excited to be hosting a big surf life saving event again following the Country Championships.

“While we don’t have a team competing in the event, being able to host some of the country’s best IRB racing teams will absolutely build interest in IRB crewing which will only strengthen the club’s patrol capabilities in the future,” said McDonagh.

To keep up to date with all the results please visit the IRB State Championships event page.

The 2014 NSW IRB Championships will be held over two days at South West Rocks’ Main Beach from 28-29 June.


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