IRB Development Carnival — Sorrento

The first car­ni­val of the sea­son and what a day it was! Although it wasn’t your typ­i­cal IRB car­ni­val, the team moved as we always do, first ones on the beach and last ones to leave.

The day con­sist­ed of a train­ing ses­sion lead by coach Cameron Rap­ley and senior com­peti­tors of Mul­laloo. Our team mem­bers joined forces with all the oth­er IRB clubs for an all in train­ing ses­sion start­ing with a group warm up, which to the naked eye could be con­sid­ered chaos with eighty com­peti­tors run­ning up and down the beach fol­low­ing the lead of Mul­laloo. This was fol­lowed by two hours in the water mov­ing between dif­fer­ent sta­tions. At each sta­tion our team mem­bers nav­i­gat­ed rough surf and weed, work­ing with the oth­er clubs, shar­ing our knowl­edge, our expe­ri­ences gained from numer­ous Aussies cam­paigns and our best tips and tricks. The aim of this ses­sion was to involve some of the small­er clubs in WA and devel­op their skills with­in the sport whilst build­ing on team­work and mate­ship. From the per­spec­tive of a senior com­peti­tor, watch­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in this train­ing ses­sion was some­thing tru­ly spe­cial. See­ing my team mates put aside our club colours and embrace mem­bers of oth­er clubs, teach­ing them every­thing we know for no oth­er rea­son than our pas­sion for the sport is a true tes­ta­ment to our team, our lead­ers and man­agers.

With our bel­lies full of soup and snacks (thanks mums) it was time to get fired up and start rac­ing. Com­peti­tors from all the clubs raced off in heats in a friend­ly com­pe­ti­tion not for points. In true IRB style, it was a great day full of learn­ing and new expe­ri­ences for all, with some team mem­bers even mak­ing their IRB car­ni­val debut. We had com­peti­tors who usu­al­ly crew, dri­ving the boats, dri­vers jump­ing in as crews, patients and swim­mers. We had one boat end upside down, sea weed get­ting in our props and a few good stacks, nev­er­the­less we sur­vived and had fun.

With up to six Mul­laloo teams per event and thir­ty-four reg­is­tered Mul­laloo com­peti­tors, it was clear the blue and gold was once again dom­i­nat­ing the water. Spe­cial thanks go out to our super man­ag­er Lau­rie De Mamiel for organ­is­ing the end­less team changes, Car­lo Tenaglia for coor­di­nat­ing our patients, Phill Dee for tire­less­ly mak­ing sure our patients were safe­ly dropped in the water and our exist­ing Mul­laloo offi­cials for their sup­port, we couldn’t do what we do with­out your help.

Thus said, the team is cur­rent­ly seek­ing any­one else inter­est­ed in offi­ci­at­ing for IRB car­ni­vals. No expe­ri­ence at all required. Can­di­dates must have strong ban­ter, be enthu­si­as­tic about eat­ing brown­ies and pas­sion­ate about the smell of two stroke ear­ly on a Sun­day morn­ing. If this sounds like you, please con­tact Cameron Rap­ley for more infor­ma­tion (seri­ous­ly do it, we are a great bunch). Or even if you just want a good laugh and to spend you week­ends in a wet­tie fly­ing around in a boat, chat to Cam about how you can get involved, we’d love to have you!

We are very much look­ing for­ward to our first com­pet­i­tive car­ni­val at Scar­bor­ough SLSC on Sat­ur­day 5 Sep­tem­ber. Put it in your cal­en­dar, get your club shirt on and come down to sup­port us as we aim to take our the shield for best IRB club for the fourth year run­ning. Stay tuned for results.

Go Mul­laloo!

Chelsea Bull

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