The all-Victorian Australian Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) racing team took home silver from the Lifesaving World Championships (LWC) in Adelaide last month.
Australia finished second on points in the IRB National Teams section behind cross-Tasman rivals New Zealand, edging out Great Britain on a count-back after tying on equal points.
“It was windy as hell in the bay and very similar to being at home,” says National Team Coach and Williamstown Swimming & Life Saving Club member Scott Ivey. “We train during winter and it’s 5 degrees at the beach, but we push ourselves for the other people we race with.”
Of the seven races contested, Australia won the Male Rescue, Female Tube Rescue, and Female Mass Rescue races; placed second in the Mixed Rescue and Female Rescue races; and placed third in the Male Mass Rescue, for a total of 118 points.
Denmark, Japan, Poland and Belgium comprised the minor places in the seven-Nation competition.
The carnival was the largest Lifesaving World Championships ever conducted with over 7,000 participants from 45 nations competing at LWC Adelaide in 2018, along with a record number of technical officials.
Official results of the IRB competition, as well as all other LWC results, are available at: https://rescuesoft.info/