Kiama Downs Claims IRB Premiership

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 IRB Premiership Final Pointscore

Photos from Round 4 of the NSW IRB Premiership are on Facebook.

Photo: Kiama Downs SLSC racing at South Maroubra - Credit Alan Freeman.

Tue 21 Jun 2016