with both the Open female and male teams taking the Gold medal in the final of the IRB Rescue race. Bailie Nash, the19-year-old driver of the Kirra open female rescue team was ecstatic with her first Gold medal in Open competition

“It’s amazing, I am lost for words. It’s been a hard season and I have learnt some tough lessons, but it is only just the beginning,” she said.

The Kirra Beach youngster also won three Gold medals in the U23 IRB Championships on Friday morning and helped push her Kirra SLSC team to claim the overall U23 Championship point score.

“It was great to be able to back up from winning three gold medals in the Under 23’s and I had a little bit left in the tank, so I just thought I would give it all I got.

“There was no room for error and I just had to put it all together for one last race,” she said.

The Kirra team commenced the day by claiming gold in the Mixed IRB Team relay and ended the day with a Gold medal in the Open Men’s Rescue, edging out South Maroubra and Kiama Downs in what was one of the most hotly contested races of the day.

Mother daughter duo from Kiama Downs SLSC, Leanne and Rhianna Kevill, collapsed in tears of happiness as they crossed the finish line and snatched the Gold in the Open Female Teams Rescue.

Rhianna who only started driving IRB’s competitively this year was surprised with the win

“I just had blinkers going for that line, I couldn’t see anyone around me, I really thought I was in fourth to be honest. The finish was great I just had to run as fast as I could over that line to get the gold,” Rhianna said.

“I couldn’t do it without Kathy setting up the race up like that, it was just awesome. It’s a great feeling.”

Kiama Downs team mate Kathy Foster, who also won multiple Gold medals in the Masters Championship, praised her team mates describing the win as the most important victory of the Championships

“I think it’s actually the best one to win because we are all in there together, it’s so fun,” Foster said.

Williamstown  commenced the finals program by taking home the club’s only Gold medal of the Championship in the Open Female Tube Rescue.

The women of Williamstown have won the Open Female Tube Rescue race five years in a row, but driver Kate Czerny admitted it nearly didn’t happen for the team.

“I was very unhappy when we went off the beach and everyone was in front of us. I just had faith in these two (her team mates), they are amazing. I think where ever I put them they are going to come back first,” Czerny said.

Queensland clubs took out the top two positions, followed by Kiama Downs in third and North Cronulla in fourth, with Williamstown just mere point behind in fifth.

For a full list of the 2019 National IRB Championships results head to results.sls.com.au.

2019 National IRB Championship pointscore

Kirra Beach SLSC (Qld) – 47 points

Kurrawa SLSC (Qld) – 32

Kiama Downs SLSC (NSW) – 24

North Cronulla SLSC (NSW) – 15

Williamstown S&LSC (Vic) – 12


For media enquiries please contact SLSA Media Coordinator Montanna Clare on 0451 447 409 or MClare@slsa.asn.au

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