Kiama Downs chasing glory at Surf Lifesaving Australia Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships

Fierce competition: IRB racers will descend on Thirroul beach.
Fierce competition: IRB racers will descend on Thirroul beach.

Kiama Downs will attempt to go one better when the Australian Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships get underway in Thirroul on Friday. 

The crew fell short of their bid to secure a seventh-straight NSW title earlier in the season, however they are seeking to improve upon last year’s second-place finish at the national titles. 

Current title holders North Burleigh will enter the event as favourites and are seeking their sixth-straight Australian championship. 

“IRB competition whilst fast-paced and exciting also assists us in developing and enhancing the skills our crews use for saving lives every year,” Surf Lifesaving Australia Chief Executive Adam Weir said.

“The championship provides an opportunity for surf lifesavers to test these skills against other crews in simulated rescue events, with the aim of providing a better service to the community.”

Kiama Downs will be joined at the event by crews from Helensburgh Stanwell Park, Thirroul and Woonona.