AIR TIME: An Alexandra Headland crew makes its way out through the surf at the Australian IRB Championships at Mooloolaba yesterday.
AIR TIME: An Alexandra Headland crew makes its way out through the surf at the Australian IRB Championships at Mooloolaba yesterday. Greg Miller

IN PHOTOS: Alex leads way for Coast clubs at IRB champs

SURF LIFESAVING: Alexandra Headland salvaged some pride for Sunshine Coast clubs amid open divisions at the Australian IRB Championships at Mooloolaba on Sunday.

The host's near-neighbour claimed victory in the open women's mass rescue event, with Tim Minnett, Sonita Lengh-Cole, Lauren Etheridge and Samantha Thornton, edging a pair of North Burleigh teams.

They were the only Sunshine Coasters to taste success in the nine divisions, which were largely dominated by North Burleigh.

The Gold Coast outfit won the open mixed relay, the open women teams, the open men's rescue and the open women's rescue.

Kirra won the open men teams event, Caves Beach won the open men's rescue tube final, Williamstown won the open women's rescue tube and South Maroubra won the open men's rescue.

The national championships were held during three days. Queensland won the interstate competition on Friday.

IRB surf sports involves competitors racing inflatable boats with simulated rescue events.


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