A total of 39 crews from around the country are set to compete
in the increasingly popular BP South Island IRB [Inflatable
Rescue Boat] Championships, held this weekend at Warrington Beach,
just north of Dunedin.
There are over 10 clubs predominantly from the South Island
competing in the ultracompetitive event this weekend, where
they'll aim for top honours in races that mimic real life
St Kilda Surf Life Saving Club, from Dunedin, were last year's
champions and are keen to replicate that result from last
year. However, the calibre of athletes set to compete this weekend
could make that challenge a little harder.
The St Clair club, also from Dunedin, will be boosted by the
inclusion of previous world champions and multi New Zealand
title holders Steph and Carla Laughton, who are racing this weekend
"for fun" but whose experience may prove invaluable for the
However, visitors from the North Island could also upset the
local teams with athletes from the BP North Island Champion
club, Sunset Beach, Shane and Mark Edwards keen to challenge their
The BP IRBs are famous throughout New Zealand as the bright
orange rescue boats which are involved with a large amount of
rescues, with these events aiming to increase the skill of
lifeguards through competitive sport right around the country.
BP South Island IRB Championship event manager Mike Lord said
this weekend is set to be an "action packed day of high
intensity racing" and everyone is really looking forward to it.
"We are looking forward to racing this weekend at Warrington
Beach. The weather is looking good with 0.5 m wave predicted
and light winds, meaning the BP IRBs will be in their element and
will make for some great close racing.
"It is also fantastic to see the entry numbers for this event
increase from last year showing how popular and valued these
BP IRBs are, both in sport and for day-to-day Surf Life Saving
activities. The things the athletes learn at these events often
make them become more effective lifeguards, which is a win for
everybody including the public."
Racing starts at 8.30am on Saturday and spectators are welcome
to attend for free, where they can watch and learn all about
the versatility of the BP IRBs.
The next major event on the SLSNZ sport calendar is the TSB New
Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships, in Gisborne from 15-18
March. The finale of the BP IRB Championships is set to take place
at Waihi Beach in the Bay of Plenty on April 7 and 8.
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For more information, please contact:
Phone: 027 515 7157