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North Burleigh wins Queensland IRB Championships

Defending champion North Burleigh has once again reigned supreme at Surf Life Saving Queensland’s State IRB (inflatable rescue boat) Surf Rescue Championships at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.

A series of strong performances across the weekend saw the Gold Coast club solidify its position as a surf rescue powerhouse, comfortably taking the title ahead of Kawana Waters and Point Lookout. Alexandra Headland and Kirra rounded out the top five.

The high-octane IRB event saw more than 300 competitors from almost 20 clubs across the state hit the water over two days of racing, battling it out for bragging rights and one of the prestigious state championship medals up for grabs.

The Championships are designed to enhance lifesaving skills through competition, with all races across the weekend simulating ‘real life’ patrol and rescue scenarios. Events included the surf rescue, mass rescue, tube rescue, teams rescue and IRB relay races.

SLSQ sports manager Stuart Hogben said there had been plenty of exciting battles across the weekend.

“We saw some fantastic racing across the past two days and, while the conditions were fairly calm across the weekend, they still provided a reasonable test for competitors and ensured that all athletes needed to be on their game,” he said.

“North Burleigh was definitely the form club coming into the weekend and, once again, they showed why they’re regarded as one of Australia’s top clubs when it comes to IRB racing and rescues.

“At the end of the day though, this event is all about reinforcing and refining some of the core lifesaving skills that we teach our patrolling members. The skills on show across the past few days are the same that will be used to protect swimmers and save lives over the summer months,” he said.

A raft of strong performances on Sunday sealed the result for North Burleigh with the club claiming gold in a number of key events including the open female IRB teams rescue and tube rescue, the open male mass rescue and teams rescue events, and the prestigious open mixed IRB taplin relay. Fellow Gold Coast club Kirra won the open male IRB surf rescue event.

Point Lookout took out the open male IRB tube rescue event, while there was also joy for a number of Sunshine Coast clubs in the open division with Alexandra Headlands winning the female mass rescue, Kawana Waters claiming female surf rescue and Metropolitan Caloundra winning the open mixed IRB assembly teams race.

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