Updated National Pool & IRB Championships Calendar
Following the postponement of the National Pool and IRB Championships earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Surf Life Saving Australia has determined a revised winter competition calendar.
The National Pool Rescue Championships will be going ahead on the revised date of the 2-4 October 2020 at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (Southport). The event was originally scheduled to be held in August will be held later in the year, with entries opening in the near future.
Surf Life Saving Australia will be working closely with the Queensland Government and venue operator to ensure the National Pool Rescue Championships is conducted in accordance with event industry COVID Safe Plan for sport.
The Australian IRB Championships originally scheduled to be held at Mollymook in NSW, has had to be cancelled for 2020.
National Sport Manager, Wayne Druery, said that Surf Life Saving Australia has been consulting with various State and Territory bodies to look at which events would be suitable to be held.
“We are pleased we have been able to find an appropriate date to host the National Pool Rescue Championships in 2020, given the strong interest to compete from across the States,” said Druery.
“We have delayed the event until October to give us the best possible chance for athletes, volunteers, staff, officials and supporters to be able to attend, given current border restrictions in place.
“Delivering events in a safe environment, that adheres to current Government and venue requirements around COVID-19 measures, is the number one priority.
“The decision to cancel the IRB Championships was not taken lightly but given where we are in the winter calendar/season, it was agreed the event needed to be cancelled.
“We are pleased to see that some States will be able to host their respective State IRB Championships, in some cases multiple IRB events, to give our competitors the opportunity to compete.
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Event: National Pool Rescue Championships
Date: 2-4 October 2020
Venue: Gold Coast Aquatic Centre