IRB Racing Team Flying High

The IRB Rac­ing team com­menced pre­sea­son in Octo­ber with the goal of defend­ing last year’s Series Cham­pi­onship. This year we restruc­tured our coach­ing group and put togeth­er an exten­sive pro­gram that con­cen­trat­ed on strength and con­di­tion­ing, com­bined with a swim pro­gram and sprint ses­sions. This then lead us into a new for­mat of train­ing in the IRBs to max­imise the ses­sions to achieve the best out­come. The pro­gram was devel­oped and run by mul­ti­ple vol­un­tary club mem­bers who have put in a mas­sive amount of work to pre­pare the group. The group embraced the new for­mat and with great com­mit­ment the results have been trans­ferred into their per­for­mances this year.

The group have dom­i­nat­ed all three car­ni­vals this sea­son with sig­nif­i­cant points vic­to­ries over their com­po­nents. The most pleas­ing results have come in the teams con­sis­ten­cy with mul­ti­ple teams mak­ing finals in each of the events in the first 3 rounds. As the State Titles approached the team moved its focus into fine tun­ing their skills and mak­ing sure all equip­ment and per­son­nel were pre­pared to the best of their abil­i­ty. Even after a long pre­sea­son and weath­er inter­rupt­ed sea­son that con­tained mul­ti­ple strong cold fronts, the focus and com­mit­ment was as strong as ever. One of the biggest attrib­ut­es of the team and its group of sup­port­ers is its abil­i­ty to have fun no mat­ter what task is at hand. That enthu­si­asm and focus was tak­en into the State Cham­pi­onships.

The States pre­sent­ed us with a great day with good weath­er and a nice swell to keep the spec­ta­tors hap­py. The State Titles con­sist­ed of 9 events in the open and female cat­e­gories. Mul­laloo was dom­i­nant win­ning 8 of these 9 events. Once again the strength of the team was abil­i­ty to get mul­ti­ple teams into the finals of these events. The team worked togeth­er bril­liant­ly and their com­mit­ment to each oth­er is one of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors in their suc­cess. In addi­tion to this the male Mul­laloo A crew won the Dave Clark Shield for the best male team of the sea­son. This is the 3rd con­sec­u­tive year they have tak­en this hon­our. Not to be out­done Mul­laloo A female crew also took out their shield for the best female team of the sea­son. The per­for­mance of the team through­out the year and at the state titles con­sol­i­dat­ed them as the club to beat with the win­ning of the series Cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

The focus now turns to the prepa­ra­tion of an assault at the nation­al lev­el. This year the IRB Rac­ing Aussies are held in Thirroul, NSW 13–15 of July.

Cameron Rap­ley  

We wish the team every suc­cess in their Nation­al Com­pe­ti­tion and con­grat­u­late all mem­bers as well as some of them mak­ing the West­ern Suns Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Team. To all the sup­port team around the IRB Rac­ing Squad, from soup mums to warm hugs; from swim efforts to lift efforts; from set ups to pack ups, from offi­ci­at­ing fin­ish­es to water safe­ty cor­ralling, from squeals of delight to tears of tri­umph; you are all huge­ly impor­tant and appre­ci­at­ed as part of the suc­cess!

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