Surf Lifesavers Set To Race In Sydney

More than 270 surf lifesavers will travel to South Maroubra SLSC this weekend for Round 4 of the NSW IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Premiership.

Crews will be eager to finish the last round of the Premiership Series strongly as Round 3 at the picturesque Birubi Point SLSC was cancelled due to the recent powerful surf conditions.

This weekend will see the overall winning club of the IRB Premiership take home an IRB motor thanks to Lakeside Marine.

It’s not just prizes that will bring the best out in the competitors, with crews gearing up for next month’s NSW and Australian Championships to be held at Mollymook SLSC on the state’s south coast.

Leading into final round of the NSW IRB Premiership Kiama Downs, Caves Beach and Queenscliff round out the top three, closely followed by North Cronulla, Catherine Hill Bay and this weekend’s hosts South Maroubra.

South Maroubra SLSC Chairman, Paul Fownes says the club as well as its IRB racing team are very much looking forward to hosting the event and having the home beach advantage.

“One of the reasons we have undertaken this project was to bring IRB racing to Sydney and support our own crews who have had a strong representation over the last 15 years,” Paul Fownes said.

“It makes a nice change not having to travel for our IRB teams. We’re seeing IRB racing all over regional NSW and that requires overnight stays and I think the team will thrive in their own conditions and the fact that they don’t need to travel is all beneficial for their preparations.”

Having not hosted an IRB event for more than 15 years, South Maroubra members have put a lot of planning and time into this weekend and they’re expecting a great weekend of competition.

“We’ve had a lot of experience running major events like the State Championships so we’re comfortable that everything is ready to go. We should have a great event on one of Sydney’s best surf beaches,” Paul Fownes said.

Surf Life Saving NSW Sport Manager, Rob Pidgeon says the quality of racing throughout the IRB Premiership is a credit to the amount of training the surf lifesavers undergo.

“As IRB Racing simulates real life rescues, it’s amazing to see competitors build up their skill level each time they’re in the rubber ducks,” Rob Pidgeon said.

“South Maroubra is an ideal location and we’re thankful for all the work they have put in leading up to Round 4 of the NSW IRB Premiership and wish crews the best of luck.”

IRB Premiership Round 4 entries:

Avalon Beach, Bungan Beach, Catherine Hill Bay, Caves Beach, Coogee, Cooks Hill, Elouera, Kiama Downs, Maroubra, Newcastle, Newport, Nobbys, North Avoca, North Cronulla, North Curl Curl, Ocean Beach, Queenscliff, South Maroubra, Stockton, Terrigal, Thirroul, Wamberal and Woonona.

For the latest information on Round 4 visit the event page.

Photo: South Maroubra competing in Round 1 at Caves Beach. Credit Richard Black.

Tue 14 Jun 2016