Mollymook Set For Super State Champs
New South Wales’ best Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) crews will be gunning for state glory at Mollymook on the idyllic south coast next week in what promises to be a grand stand conclusion to the winter season.
The picturesque south coast town is no stranger to hosting championship events having successfully staged the Stramit Country Championships over the last two seasons, and will once again take up hosting duties when the IRB State Champs roll into town next Friday.
One athlete keen for the championships to start is Steven Guy from Kiama Downs. After almost three decades on the IRB circuit his passion for the sport hasn’t dimmed, and he is excited about the challenges looming at Mollymook both in his role as a competitor and team manager.
“We are planning on sending a strong team with 25 competitors to Mollymook. Every IRB carnival is a great chance to catch up with competitors from around the state,” Mr Guy said.
“IRB racing is a very tight knit fraternity and while there is certainly fierce inter club rivalry there is also a strong bond and a great working relationship between competing clubs and officials. The State Titles is always a great hit up to hone our skills before Aussies.”
He also had some sage advice for those wanting to become involved in IRB racing in the future, and hopes that the sport continues to grow around the state, but in particular in the South Coast region.
“IRB’s are in my unbiased opinion the best tool to carry out a rescue, and also a whole bunch of fun to train and compete in. If you don’t have a team in your club, then there are plenty of clubs up and down the state that would be more than happy to help your club get started.
"One of the great things about the IRB competition fraternity is the willingness to help people out,” he said.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash believes that the upcoming championships will give a tremendous boost to the area’s sports tourism program.
“Mollymook SLSC has built a reputation as one of the most professional surf lifesaving clubs in the State through their ability to successfully host major carnivals,” said Clr Gash.
“It is expected that the influx of visitors will inject an estimated $150,000 into the local economy and provide for a fantastic weekend of entertainment for those on hand to view the action.”
The IRB State Champs is the premier event for competitors and is designed to simulate real life rescue situations involving individual ‘patients’ and mass rescues. All events are based on honing the skills of both IRB driver and crewperson and the fast-paced nature of the competition makes it a great day out for spectators.
Entries for the 2015 IRB State Championships which will be held on June 26-28 at Mollymook Beach close this Sunday 21 June.
Photograph: Preparations for the 2015 NSW IRB Championships are well underway at Mollymook. Pictured here are Rod Austin, Adam Woodward, John Patterson and Cr Alan Baptist. Courtesy of the Milton-Ulladulla Times.
Fri 19 Jun 2015