This week Forster Surf Life Savomg Club’s (SLSC) inflatable raft boat (IRB) team heads to Thirroul in the Illawarra for the Australian IRB Championships full of confidence after the NSW IRB Premiership and recent State Championships.
The championships require scutineering of all equipment on Thursday (July 12) with the over 35 masters competitors commencing racing on Friday morning at 8.30am.
Following the masters event the Interstate Championships from 2pm will see State against State racing.
Saturday will see the open male and female events.
2018 NSW IRB Premiership champions, Kiama Downs SLSC should be one of the teams to beat on current form, along with Caves Beach from the Hunter. North Cronulla, Terrigal, Queenscliff and Woonona.
They will be taking on the might of all the interstate clubs including perennial Australian champions, North Burleigh.
Naturally many clubs form Vic, QLD and SA will be vying for honours and bragging rights.
Forster’s director of surf sports, Beth Lee is looking forward to the weekend’s competition.
“All the young members of the team have really improved during the season and this will be a great experience to see the best drivers and crews displaying their skills,” she said.
“Aussies is a step up and we will have to be at our best to reach quarter finals and semi-finals, the competition is hot.
“For such a small team other clubs are amazed at the number of semi-finals and finals we have made during the Premiership and State Championships, all we can do is our best.”
Whilst this is a competition setting, the skills displayed by drivers and crew is a realistic view of what they may be called upon to do in a beach rescue situation.
A big thank you in advance to all the officials that make the event a success.
There are sure to besome local officials down at the beach making for an efficiently run event.
The Thirroul community groups apart from the surf club come together to make it a great few days.