Victorian IRB Squad to Represent Australia on World Stage

An all-Victorian Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) racing squad has been selected to represent Australia at the Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide during November.

The team attended an extra selection trial meet on the Gold Coast at the weekend, after a full day of racing was cancelled due to rough conditions at the Australian IRB Championships earlier in July.

Victoria’s Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club (S&LSC) IRB racing squad took out the Australian IRB Championships, embracing wild and woolly conditions they found familiar.

Seven of the eight athletes are members of the Williamstown S&LSC, with one team-member from Barwon Heads 13th Beach Surf Life Saving Club.




Team Manager Scott Ivey said “We are over the moon, words don’t describe. Our teams raced to their best and we are thrilled with the outcome.”

The Life Saving World Championships are held around the globe every two years, showcasing excellence in lifesaving sports and rescue; attracting the most talented and skilled lifesaving athletes to compete for the title of World’s best


The eight-athlete squad is listed below:

Calum Dickson – Williamstown S&LSC

Alastair Thomas – Williamstown S&LSC

Shaun Leith – Williamstown S&LSC

Rhys Treloar – Williamstown S&LSC

Kate Czerny – Williamstown S&LSC

Rachael Moloney – Williamstown S&LSC

Abby Esdale – Williamstown S&LSC

Samantha Pownall – Barwon Heads 13th Beach SLSC

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