Seven Grovers head to state titles

Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club's Emily Bambrook and Orlagh Davison in action. (supplied)

Six athletes and one coach from Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club have been selected in the Victorian inflatable rescue boat (IRB) racing state and development teams for the Australian IRB Championships in Mollymook from July 21 to 24.

Emily Bambrook, Orlagh Davison and Keely Peatling have qualified for the state team, while James Terrance, will be head coach for the team, and Mackenzie Hooper is in the under 23 development team, with Drew Honey and Oliver Sullivan selected as team reserves.

These athletes are part of a 36-strong squad selected by Life Saving Victoria’s (LSV’s) aquatic sports council, based on results at the recent TRE Motorsport 2022 Victorian IRB Championships and will compete against the nation’s best IRB drivers, crews and patients.

As well as athletes, the aquatic sport council also selected a team manager, head coach, assistant coach and patient coordinator for each team, based on Victoria’s top leaders and coaches in IRB racing.

LSV board director aquatic sport Aaron Green congratulated the athletes successful in being selected in the state and development teams and wished them the best of luck for the upcoming competition.

“Being selected to represent your state is one of the highest honours for our athletes, team managers, coaches and coordinators,” Mr Green said.

“Victoria has a long history of success at the national level in IRB racing and I am confident the team selected will continue this tradition at the 2022 Australian IRB Championships in Mollymook.”

As well as state and development teams from each state, individual clubs will also send teams to compete at the championships.

Victorian IRB state team

Team manager: Rachael Rylance (Elwood)

Head coach: James Terrance (Ocean Grove)

Assistant coach: Alex Walton (Williamstown)

Patient coordinator: Mark Pratt (Brighton)


Christian Aquila (Williamstown)

Emily Bambrook (Ocean Grove)

Kristina Clappison (South Melbourne)

Mitchell Cole (Brighton)

Sophie Courtney (Portsea)

Sam Davis (Elwood)

Orlagh Davison (Ocean Grove)

Callum Dickson (Williamstown)

Shaun Leith (Williamstown)

Andrew May (Portsea)

Tahli McNaughton (Elwood)

Finn Nicholas (Portsea)

Keely Peatling (Ocean Grove)

Jesse Tammesild (Brighton)

Alastair Thomas (Williamstown)

Nicole Xuereb (South Melbourne)


Joel Hosken (Elwood)

Sas Macnamara (Portsea)

Victorian IRB development team

Team manager: Ben Herdman (Elwood)

Head coach: David Rylance (Elwood)

Assistant coach: Marty McCorriston (Venus Bay)

Patient coordinator: Joel Farrow (Williamstown)


Jasmine Happ (Williamstown)

Lauren Harrop (Elwood)

Alec Hende (Elwood)

Mark Hende (Elwood/Black Rock)

Lachlan Hickey (Venus Bay)

Lachie Hirth (South Melbourne)

Mackenzie Hooper (Ocean Grove)

Brydie Logan (Williamstown)

Jasmine McJames (Elwood)

Kiara McJames-Court (Elwood)

Jack Olivier (Elwood)

Georgie Park-Beard (Elwood)

Ava Robinson (South Melbourne)

Sarah Robinson (South Melbourne)

Nick Vouk (South Melbourne)

Declan Woolf (Venus Bay)


Drew Honey (Ocean Grove)

Oliver Sullivan (Ocean Grove)