Good Luck to the Victorian State and Development Teams at the Australian IRB Championships

In 2018, a record number of lifesavers will compete at the 2018 Australian IRB Championships from 13-15 July at Thirroul Beach, NSW.

The National titles have more than 1,000 competitors from 46 Life Saving clubs around Australia fine-tuning their IRB skills for the weekend of racing ahead.

Of this record figure in 2018, one-third of competitors across all the events are women, including 50 open IRB drivers.

Surf Life Saving Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Adam Weir highlighted the importance of the event and the significance of IRBs as a primary rescue device for surf lifesavers across the country.

“In 2017 IRB crews performed 1,350 rescues across the country,” Weir said. “IRB competition, whilst fast-paced and exciting, also assists us in developing and enhancing the skills our crews use for saving lives every year.”

“The Championship provides an opportunity for surf lifesavers to test these skills against other crews in simulated rescue events,” Weir said, “with the aim of providing a better service to the community.”

Life Saving Victoria wishes our Victorian State Team and Development Squads the best of luck while competing in the event.

IRB State Team:

Jake Pownall Barwon Heads 13th Beach SLSC
Marcus Merryfull Barwon Heads 13th Beach SLSC
Ryan Wilson Barwon Heads 13th Beach SLSC
Connor McKinnon Barwon Heads 13th Beach SLSC
Samantha Cain Barwon Heads 13th Beach SLSC
Kate Czerny Williamstown S&LSC
Rachael Moloney Williamstown S&LSC
Abby Esdale Williamstown S&LSC
Calum Dickson Williamstown S&LSC
Alastair Thomas Williamstown S&LSC
Rhys Treloar Williamstown S&LSC
Christian Aquila Williamstown S&LSC
Sophie Doro Williamstown S&LSC
Ella Cridland Williamstown S&LSC
Erin Damen Williamstown S&LSC
Claire Walton Williamstown S&LSC
Shain Leith Williamstown S&LSC
Alyssa Symons Brighton LSC

Development Team:

Laura Cantwell Brighton Crew/Tube Swimmer
Samantha Davis Elwood Crew
Tom Lenehan Barwon Heads/13th Beach Driver
Lars Ralph Barwon Heads/13th Beach Driver/Crew/Tube/Patient
Sean Cummins Barwon Heads/13th Beach Crew/Tube/Patient
Ruth Healy-McFarlane Barwon Heads/13th Beach Speciality Patient
Celeste Taylor Wonthaggi Crew/Patient
Tahli Langborne Elwood Driver
Darcy Cummins Barwon Heads/13th Beach Driver/Crew/Tube Kicker/Patient
Twiggy Mercer Elwood Crew/Patient
Jasmine Mcjames-Court Wonthaggi Driver/Patient
Stephanie Amy Barwon Heads/13th Beach Crew/Patient
Eloise Fleming Barwon Heads/13th Beach Captain
Marco Kelsall Frankston Driver
Jack Melvin Brighton Patient
Robert Basford Frankson Crew
Nicholas Giblin Ocean Grove Driver
Brayden Allan Ocean Grove Crew
Jamie Terrance Barwon Heads/13th Beach Coach
Janie McKay Brighton Assistant Coach
Katrina Antony Barwon Heads/13th Beach Team Manager
Alex Fletcher Brighton Patient Coordinator

Event Schedule

Friday 13 July
Australian & Interstate IRB Championships Opening Ceremony & March Past from 7:30am
Australian IRB Masters Competition from 8:00am
Interstates IRB Competition from 2:00pm

Saturday 14 July
Australian IRB Opens Competition from 8:00am

Sunday 15 July
Australian IRB Opens Competition from 8:00am

Good luck to all competitors!

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