A TEAM from the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club attended the recent 2018 Life Saving World Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Championships held in Glenelg SA.
Though not winning any medals, the club placed fourth in the Men’s teams event in the B Final placing them 12th in the world in that event.
Not to be outdone, the women’s teams made it through to the quarter final against strong competition from Australia and abroad.
Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club (Vic) took the crown on the points score winning the title of World IRB Champions followed by Kirra (QLD) and Sunset Beach (NZ).
“It was a great experience and the team performed well on this massive international stage after our results at the Australian IRB titles,” club president Mark Scott said.
“It was great to see the team again preform at this level making it through semis and finals against much larger surf lifesaving clubs.
“It was fun to explain to many where Wonthaggi is located and how to pronounce it properly.
“The experience and friendships established at this international event was second to none and the team is currently considering the possibility of going to Italy for worlds in 2020.”
The 2018 Lifesaving World Championships featured 7000 participants from 45 nations and the Adelaide event was the largest ever.
It included the running of the first National Youth Teams and the first National IRB Teams racing making it a memorable two weeks.
Event media reached more than 7 million people in Australia and a live broadcast audience reaching 50,000 viewers around the world.