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Lachlan Hickey, Declan Woolf and coach Marty McCorriston from Venus Bay SLSC heading to 2022 Australian Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships

Lachlan Hickey and Declan Woolf have qualified for the development team, while Marty McCorriston has been selected as the team's assistant coach.

By news@gippsland - 8th July 2022 - Back to News

Two athletes and one coach from Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) have been selected in the Victorian inflatable rescue boat (IRB) racing under 23 development team, who will represent the state at the Australian IRB Championships in Mollymook, New South Wales from 21-24 July.

Venus Bay SLSC athletes Lachlan Hickey and Declan Woolf, and coach Marty McCorriston have been selected to be a part of the 2022 Victorian IRB development team

Venus Bay SLSC athletes Lachlan Hickey and Declan Woolf, and coach Marty McCorriston have been selected to be a part of the 2022 Victorian IRB development team

Against the nation's best

The 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.

Supporting the selected team

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. 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. Best of luck to team Vic, we are all behind you!" Mr Green said.

Competing teams

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 LSC)
  • Head coach: James Terrance (Ocean Grove SLSC)
  • Assistant coach: Alex Walton (Williamstown S&LC)
  • Patient coordinator: Mark Pratt (Brighton LSC)


  • Christian Aquila, Williamstown S&LC
  • Emily Bambrook, Ocean Grove SLSC
  • Kristina Clappison, South Melbourne LSC
  • Mitchell Cole, Brighton LSC
  • Sophie Courtney, Portsea SLSC
  • Sam Davis, Elwood LSC
  • Orlagh Davison, Ocean Grove SLSC
  • Callum Dickson, Williamstown S&LC
  • Shaun Leith, Williamstown S&LC
  • Andrew May, Portsea SLSC
  • Tahli McNaughton, Elwood LSC
  • Finn Nicholas, Portsea SLSC
  • Keely Peatling, Ocean Grove SLSC
  • Jesse Tammesild, Brighton LSC
  • Alastair Thomas, Williamstown S&LC
  • Nicole Xuereb, South Melbourne LSC


  • Joel Hosken, Elwood LSC
  • Sas Macnamara, Portsea SLSC

Victorian IRB development team

  • Team manager: Ben Herdman (Elwood LSC)
  • Head coach: David Rylance (Elwood LSC)
  • Assistant coach: Marty McCorriston (Venus Bay SLSC)
  • Patient coordinator: Joel Farrow (Williamstown S&LC)


  • Jasmine Happ, Williamstown S&LC
  • Lauren Harrop, Elwood LSC
  • Alec Hende, Elwood LSC
  • Mark Hende, Elwood LSC/Black Rock LSC
  • Lachlan Hickey, Venus Bay SLSC
  • Lachie Hirth, South Melbourne LSC
  • Mackenzie Hooper, Ocean Grove SLSC
  • Brydie Logan, Williamstown S&LC
  • Jasmine McJames-Court, Elwood LSCKiara McJames-Court, Elwood LSC
  • Jack Olivier, Elwood LSCGeorgie Park-Beard, Elwood LSC
  • Ava Robinson, South Melbourne LSC
  • Sarah Robinson, South
  • Melbourne LSC
  • Nick Vouk, South Melbourne LSC
  • Declan Woolf, Venus Bay SLSC


  • Drew Honey, Ocean Grove SLSC
  • Oliver Sullivan, Ocean Grove SLSC

Pictures from Life Saving Victoria website.


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