KIAMA Downs Surf Life Saving Club has cemented its reputation as an IRB racing powerhouse after taking out the NSW IRB Premiership for the third straight year.
Kiama Downs lead the premiership race from start to finish, producing a dominant season of racing that saw it finish first in all four rounds of competition.
While it’s their third title in as many years, Kiama Downs SLSC IRB team manager Steven Guy said winning the premiership – and in turn a new boat motor – was still a big deal for the club.
The team is definitely pumped up after the premiership win and there were a lot of smiling faces after the presentation,” he said.
“As a small club with limited resources, we really appreciate the new motor awarded to us for winning the premiership series and we will certainly put it to good use.”
Guy put the club’s recent run of success down to the culture within the club.
“I can understand why some people would not be attracted to IRB Racing, with the early starts, late finishes, sometimes freezing conditions and a lot of wear and tear on the body, but there is a certain type of person who can become addicted to the thrills and spills and camaraderie.
“Luckily for us Kiama Downs seems to be able to attract and maintain this type of person through good training, development and a focus on fun.”
While they dominated the season, the club’s title hopes were almost de-railed during the season’s last even at Woonona when equipment failure almost left them un-able to race.
Only the good sportsmanship of their competitors saw Kiama Downs take part.
“We ran into some troubles and I would like to thank the clubs (there were several) who assisted us over the weekend,” Guy said.
“We had a bad run of gear failures during the finals on Saturday, and clubs offered gear without being asked and with no hesitation.”