Surf Life Saving Australia is excited to announce the host clubs for the 2018-19 Interstate and National Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Championships.
The Interstate and National IRB Championships are a competitive showcase of the precision driving and athleticism that Surf Life Saving Australia members require to be rescue ready on our beaches in season.
The next Australian, Masters, and Interstate IRB Championships will return to New South Wales, hosted by Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July 2018.
Moving into 2019 the Australian, Masters, and Interstate IRB Championships will be hosted by Cudgen Headland SLSC at Kingscliff Beach in what is set to be a big year for New South Wales.
“The IRB Championships are a key platform for our members to test their rescue boat skills against other club drivers across the country” said Greg Meagher, General Manager of Capacity and Capability at Surf Life Saving Australia
“The last IRB Championships achieved record participation numbers and great feedback from our clubs.
“We are confident that Thirroul SLSC and Cudgen Headland SLSC will continue the success of these events into the coming season” he said.
Following their successful bids to host, spokespersons from both clubs were looking forward to the season ahead and gearing up for a big year of racing.
Thirrol SLSC club President Jeff Body said that the club’s long-standing history in IRB and surf carnivals meant that when the opportunity to put in an expression of interest came up it was unanimous.
“Our members, juniors through to masters are key to everything we do and our club committee are really excited to host an event that displays and showcases the skills of our modern lifesavers not only to the local community but also to visitors to the region.
“Local businesses and the local community are great supports of our club, and hosting an event that attracts so many competitors and visitors from across Australia is a great way for us to give back, bringing tourism into the area” Jeff said.
Cudgen Headland SLSC president Adam Mills said the club is looking forward to hosting another successful on their home beach.
“Hosting the Australian IRB Championships is an exciting extension of an initiative the club has developed with our fellow Tweed Coast surf clubs to train and develop the next generation of surf life savers.
“We have found hosting these events help to increase motivation of clubs in our area, and members to become a part of this iconic Australian pastime.” he said.