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A strong team of 34 surf lifesavers will be representing NSW at the 2016 IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Interstate Championships at Mollymook later this month.

NSW will be looking to turn their form around from previous years with a bunch of new faces being selected to face the best athletes from across the country on Friday 22 July 2016.

NSW IRB Interstate Head Coach, Steven Robson says it’s a great challenge for the squad.

“We’re definitely trying to improve where we’ve missed out on the last couple of years and will be looking at pushing the top states,” Steven Robson said.

“They’ve all done the hard work and they know what they’ve got to do but they’ve also got to have fun because it’s just racing at the end of the day.”

A big advantage for the NSW team is having both the NSW and Interstate Championships at Mollymook SLSC, which will give the team great confidence leading into the event.

Another plus for NSW having the home beach is the ability to select a development squad. The 16 competitors chosen are part of the NSW team, however their points don’t contribute to the final point score.

“It’s great to get the development team into the high performance arena that is Interstates racing at an earlier stage to make their performances lift to a higher level,” Steven Robson said.

From the total squad of 34 athletes, Sydney Branch make up 12 while Hunter has 11 representatives, five from the Illawarra, three from Sydney Northern Beaches, two from South Coast and Bronte Bagala is flying the flag for the Central Coast.

The NSW team was announced after the 2016 NSW IRB Championships concluded at Mollymook with Kiama Downs SLSC doing the double and finishing on top ahead of Caves Beach and Catherine Hill Bay.

The 2016 IRB Interstate Championships will be held at Mollymook SLSC on Friday 22 July, which will be followed by the Australian IRB Championships on 23 and 24 July.

NSW Team

Jacob Black (Catherine Hill Bay)

Max Gazzard (Catherine Hill Bay)

Rhianna Kevill (Catherine Hill Bay)

Vivienne Rickets (Caves Beach)

Mitch Lobston (Caves Beach)

Liam Kleyn (Caves Beach)

Kaitlin Isabella (Kiama Downs)

Matt Lewis (Kiama Downs)

Joel Eaton (North Cronulla)

Danielle Herman (North Cronulla)

Elissa Hughes (North Cronulla)

Kane Hughes (North Cronulla)

Kate Janssen (North Cronulla)

Corey Lewis (North Cronulla)

Addison Lewis (North Cronulla)

Bridgette Lockhart (Thirroul)

Emma Lockhart (Thirroul)

Daniel McGowan (Thirroul)

Development Team

Madeleine Grinly (Catherine Hill Bay)

Caitlin Williams (Catherine Hill Bay)

Jacob Davies (Caves Beach)

Gabrielle Grieves (Caves Beach)

Oliver Kleyn (Caves Beach)

Tristen Muscat (Elouera)

Joshua Muscat (Elouera)

Felicity Hasset (North Cronulla)

Andrew Selosse (Queenscliff)

Harrison Yandle (Queenscliff)

Elliot Yandle (Queenscliff)

Codie Wem (South Maroubra)

Bronte Chadwick (South Maroubra)

Bronte Bagala (Terrigal)

Nathan Bow (Woonona)

Benjamin Clarke (Woonona)


Sunday 3 July 2016