Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club (S&LSC) is the Victorian Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) champion for the season, after a successful campaign at the 2019 TRE Victorian IRB Championships on the state’s south west coast.

179 competitors from 11 Victorian clubs and one interstate club raced in good surf conditions at the state titles, held in Warrnambool on the 8th and 9th of June.

The IRB competition simulates a water rescue, with a driver, crew person and patient involved in each race, demonstrating their lifesaving skills.

Drone footage shows IRBs racing at Warrnambool

Williamstown S&LSC was the most successful club at the championships, finishing with five gold medals, four silver and four bronze.

The club won the women’s tube, women’s mass, women’s rescue, men’s rescue and IRB relay events.

Barwon Heads 13th Beach finished second on the medal tally, taking home the gold in the men’s tube, mass and teams events.

Elwood Life Saving Club won its first gold medal in the women’s teams event and finished third at the two-day championship event.

Williamstown S&LSC coach Scott Ivey said his club had a solid season, winning the TRE Premiership series.

“We have six men’s and six women’s teams so 29 competitors and the key is absolute team work,’’ Mr Ivey said.

“One person can’t do it alone, you have to work as a team and everyone has to do their role.’’

Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club from Western Australia was the interstate guest team and performed strongly, making it to the finals in the men’s and women’s rescue races.

The championships closed with a tribute to Port Campbell lifesavers Ross and Andrew Powell, who tragically died attempting to rescue a tourist from rough waters near Port Campbell in April.

The LSV state team management group is currently undergoing final selections ahead of the Australian and Interstate IRB Championships at Kingscliff Beach in New South Wales next month (July 11-14).

Life Saving Victoria would like to thank TRE Motorsport for its continued sponsorship and support of Victorian IRB racing.

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