Caves Beach finish top three

by admin on July 13th, 2018

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Caves Beach are celebrating this week after recording their first ever podium finish at the AustralianInflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Championships.
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BREAKTHROUGH: A Caves Beach IRB crew in action at the Australian titles at Mollymook over the weekend. The club registered their first podium finish on the national stage. Picture: Alan Freeman

Hunter’s leading IRB club finished third overall after three days of competition held in varying conditions at Mollymook between Friday and Sunday.

Clubcaptain Scott Bryant was thrilled with the milestone achieved for Caves Beach but also felt they could have finished even higher.

Caves Beach have proven themselves to be the state’s premier IRB club with a history-making 11 NSW titles in 14seasons.

But until the weekendthey had never finished higher than fourth on the national stage.

All of this season’s training and competition had been geared towards the NSW and Australian titles and clearly all of the hard work paid off.

“To finish top three is excellent,” Bryant said. “It has never been done before and we have achieved our aim.

“But we were perhaps a little bit disappointed because although we came away achieving our goal we werealso thinking we could’ve done better.

“But there were certainly no negatives out of it.Our average age is about 22 and we were only beaten by teams whose average age is 30-35.”

Caves Beach were silver medallists in the open men’s mass rescue.

“It’s the first time we have medalled in that event, so that was pretty special,” Bryant said.

Two-time Australian championLiam Steyn finished with thebronze medal in the open men’s tube rescue.

Bryant said the open women’s rescue team were on track for a bronze medal before they were disqualified for tripping.

North Burleigh captured the Australian crown and NSW champions Kiama Downs were second.

Caves Beach were one of 45 clubs and around 700 competitors who converged onMollymook.

The club will have a well-earned break now before getting back into training over summer and continuing the club’s“succession plan”.

Bryant is also keen to continue building the profile of IRB racing, which took a hit in regards to competition and participation numbers when rising public liabilityinsurancepremiums brought the sport to a standstill in 2001.

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