June 19 - 25, 2016: Issue 268

Mollymook To Host 2016 IRB State Championships + Kiama Downs Claims 2016 IRB Premiership

Mollymook to Host 2016 IRB State Championships

Thursday 23 June 2016 - Surf Life Saving New South Wales

For the second consecutive year, Mollymook SLSC will be home to more than 250 surf lifesavers competing in the NSW IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Championships on 2-3 July.

Athletes from as far north as Foster SLSC down to Windang SLSC in the Illawarra will make the trip to Mollymook for an action-packed weekend of racing.

Mollymook SLSC President, Rodney Austin is very proud on behalf his members to host the NSW Championships for the second year and welcome a large number of surf lifesavers and spectators to the South Coast.

“We always love having these events, they bring our club members together and everyone pitches in and has a memorable weekend. We enjoy the weekend as much as the competitors do,” Rod Austin said.

“We’re very much looking forward to it. Our organising committee has been working for the last three months preparing for the carnival.”

Coming off a dominant Premiership series victory, Kiama Downs SLSC know next month’s State Championships is a different level of racing.

“We have to change our mindset and push ourselves a bit harder in the races and we’re honing our skills leading up to the NSW IRB Championships,” Kiama Downs’ Team Manager Steven Guy said.

The pressure will also be on Caves Beach SLSC which has incredibly won the previous 11 NSW IRB Championships.

It’s a busy month for Mollymook SLSC and Shoalhaven City Council as they’ll also be hosting the Australian and Interstate IRB Championships from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July.

Shoalhaven City Council Assistant Deputy Mayor, Allan Baptist says Council is proud to be partnering with Mollymook SLSC to host the championships again this year.

“Last year’s NSW IRB Championships event was a huge success, with Mollymook Beach proving to be the ideal location for the event,” Councillor Baptist said.

“We are really excited to attract both the NSW IRB Championship and the National IRB Championships to the Shoalhaven in July, as securing events of this kind during winter is extremely valuable for the local economy.

“The championships are an important event in our sports tourism calendar, with the influx of visitors expected to inject an estimated $150,000 into the local economy.

“The Inflatable Rescue Boats racing through the waves also provides a fantastic spectacle and I encourage anyone looking for action and entertainment to head down to Mollymook Beach to check it out.”

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Manager, Rob Pidgeon says having the three Championships on the same beach is great for NSW athletes.

“It’s a big advantage for our surf lifesavers leading into the Australian and Interstate Championships. The quality of competition so far this IRB racing season has been of a very high standard and we expect that to continue in Mollymook,” Rob Pidgeon said.

“Mollymook have proved themselves to be great hosts across a number of events in recent years including staging the NSW Country Championships in 2014 and 2015 and we’re confident of another successful event.”

Racing is set to kick off at 8am on Saturday 2 July 2016 at Mollymook Beach.

Mollymook Surf Club members from left: Les O'Sullivan, Rod Austin, Allan Baptist, John Patterson and Adam Woodward are in gear for the NSW and Australian Inflatable Rescue Boat Racing Championships. Photo by Jessica Clifford

Kiama Downs Claims IRB Premiership

Tuesday 21 June 2016 – Surf Life Saving NSW

It was all smiles for Kiama Downs SLSC on Sunday after dominating the final round of the NSW IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Premiership and taking the series ahead of Caves Beach and Queenscliff.

This victory makes it five years straight for the South Coast club and the win is well deserved after finishing on top after each of the four rounds.

Apart from pride, the Kiama Downs surf lifesavers walk away with a new IRB motor from Lakeside Marine for the outstanding effort in taking out the Premiership.

Kiama Downs SLSC Team Manager, Steven Guy says it’s always good to win the Premiership and shows their training is paying off.

“The racing has been a lot tighter this year, and I don’t think the pointscore reflects how close the races have been. There are a number of clubs who are starting to hit their straps - Caves Beach and Queenscliff are doing particularly well this year,” Steven Guy said.

“We’re not a big club as our IRB team makes up half of our patrolling members so the IRB motor will go a long way towards helping our club continue to provide a safe environment for beach goers.”

A host of clubs finished on top of the podium after the Premiership Rounds with Kiama Downs taking out nine gold medals in four different categories, Caves Beach finished with three gold medals while Thirroul’s Open Female team finished with two gold medals in the Tube and Mass events.

Woonona’s U23 Mixed team claimed two gold medals while Newcastle and Coogee took out Novice Rescue and Mass events respectively. A special mention to Kiama Down’s Nathan Foster who finished the Premiership with an outstanding seven gold medals from eight events.

With the State IRB Championships less than two weeks away, clubs are fine tuning their skills to make sure they’re well prepared for the weekend’s racing at Mollymook SLSC on 2-3 July.

Caves Beach SLSC IRB Captain, Scott Bryant says despite finishing second their focus is on the State and Australian Championships next month.

“The Premiership is a lot of fun and is great for the sport but the State and Australian Championships are different carnivals and it’s the pinnacle we aim for each year,” Scott Bryant said.

The Hunter club has had a lot of success over a number of years, winning the NSW Championships for the last 11 years and they’re looking to make it 12.

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Manager, Rob Pidgeon says the Premiership Series has been a huge success.

“Congratulations to Kiama Downs for winning the Premiership, it’s an amazing effort by the club. It’s also positive to see the quality of racing from all clubs improve this season and we’re very much looking forward to the State Championships,” Rob Pidgeon said.

“We thank Caves Beach, Terrigal, Birubi Point and South Maroubra for hosting the Premiership rounds as well as the Officials for their amazing efforts over the last two months.”

Download NSW IRB Premiership Final Pointscore in file below

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Above: Queenscliff in action in final round, photo by Alan Freeman: Queenscliff had their best ever result finishing third.

The return to IRB racing of Jake Williams, David Short, Shaun Stewart and Alicia Robledo and the addition of several newcomers saw a vastly improved performance by Queenscliff crews in the NSW IRB Premiership series.

Bryony Hobson, Hannah Schnorpfeil, Hannah Belikoff, Samantha Cleary, Mary-Ann Heaney and Adsie Monn were all new, while for Shaun Sursok it was his first year in.

Other team members are Jayson Elkins, Craig Mason, David Callan, Andrew Selosse, Harry and Elliot Yandle, Adam Shearsby, Talia Mason, Maddie Perkins, Jade Larach, Matteo Lantelme, Jesse Sully, Andrew Thomson Ko, Evan Sammut and Lachlan Wild. - Info courtesy SLS SNB

Newport SLSC: Team A 3rd overall in the NSW IRB premiership point score for the 35+ tube rescue. - Photo courtesy Newport SLSC

Above and below: Newport in action - photos by Alan Freeman