Admin - Sunday 20th July 2014, 12:57pm

Where Would You Be Without an IRB?

Winter has most of NSW and the ACT in its icy grip.

Yet one part of NSW resists the cold - the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

In what passes for winter in the Northern Rivers, yesterday was a balmy 20 degrees with a cloudless sky.

The mild climate made Cudgen Headland Surf Lifesaving Club the perfect venue to host the Australian IRB Championships.

Cudgen Headland is the most northerly of six surf lifesaving clubs sponsored by Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT.

IRB is the short form of Inflatable Rescue Boat. In times gone by, surf lifesavers used surf belts and surf boats to rescue swimmers in distress.

Nowadays an IRB will usually come to your rescue.

The IRB Championships are held in a different State every year.

Graham Ford, President of Surf Life Saving Australia, said "The competition brought together 724 competitors from 49 clubs around Australia".

"Queensland were crowned winners of the Interstate Championships, and North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club were victors of the National Championships for the 12th time in the event’s history".

Congratulations to all medallists from Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT.

Full results of the Championships are available at sls.com.au/irbchamps.

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Above: The 2014 Australian IRB Championships at Cudgen Headland Surf Lifesaving Club, Kingscliff NSW.

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