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