Sport

Cooloola Coast paddler up for Aussie champ

REPRESENT: Shane Berkhout in his Queensland colours.
REPRESENT: Shane Berkhout in his Queensland colours. Contributed

DRAGON BOAT: The sport of dragon boating dates back to 332 BC and is touted by some experts as one of the oldest sports in the world.

While Cooloola Coast Dragon Boat Club paddler Shane Berkhout is only 23years old, he is doing his best to keep the history alive.

Berkhout will represent Queensland this week at the Australian Dragon Boat Championships in Victoria.

As the youngest member of the Tin Can Bay-based club, Berkhout has been paddling for just three years, with his maiden Queensland jersey coming off the back of a solid state title campaign last month.

In a bid to improve his performance at the Australian titles, he has made the trip to Maroochydore twice a week to train with the Maroochydore Sea Serpents.

The national titles run until April 24.

Gympie Times

Topics:  boat club coast cooloola dragon



Take a magical garden tour around Gympie region

INSPIRING: No matter what kind of gardener you are, there'll be inspiration galore in three Gympie region gardens which are being opened on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, in conjunction with the annual Gympie Garden Expo at the showgrounds.

Inspirational gardens open to the public

Drought and depression: student film driven by sad fact

STORY: Bronwyn Bernardin has experienced the devastation of drought first hand.

Student fundraising for film of drought and depression.

Gympie earns the thanks of Lyme disease sufferer

FIGHT FOR LIFE: Lyme disease sufferer Naomi Robinson with her brother Jye Robinson.

Our region earns a heartfelt thank you

Local Partners

Debut song from former Gympie singer 'Unearthed' by Triple J

JUST like the title of her debut song, former Gympie woman Kaitlin Laughton will begin again, this time as a singer/songwriter.

Sam Thaiday stars in Broncos’ carpool karaoke

Sam Thaiday makes people laugh

Drought and depression: student film driven by sad fact

STORY: Bronwyn Bernardin has experienced the devastation of drought first hand.

Student fundraising for film of drought and depression.

What's on the small screen this week

My Kitchen Rule's mother and daughter contestants Valerie and Courtney.

MY KITCHEN Rules grand finalists face off and Love Child returns.

The future of the Gympie Show rests in your hands

WE WANT YOU: The team working at the Gympie District Show. Sandy Lashford, Sharon Dunn, Donna Dodson, Bec Cook and Lisa Robinson.

Excitement is building, but there are fears on the horizon

Anthony LaPaglia steps out with new fiancee

Anthony LaPaglia.

Actor Anthony LaPaglia engaged to much younger girlfiend

Ronan Keating a dad for fourth time

Ronan Keating and Storm Keating.

Bouncing baby boy for Boyzone star

Bishops to sell Mary Valley family home of 60 years

FOR SALE: Shane and Sandra Bishop outside their Mary Valley property Craigleigh.

Gympie cattle stalwarts set to move to central Queensland.

Falling rents could spell doom for housing prices

What if I told you housing in Australia was getting cheaper?

Couple gets rich renovating run-down city homes

RENO RADICALS: Baden and Nelson Marino-Hall have turned three Toowoomba homes around for profit, saying the Garden City was a haven for renovators like themselves.

The couple has already turned around three homes

Townhouse pitch raises questions over 'high density'

BIG PLANS: Residents have a chance to offer their opinion on plans to build 42 townhouses at Raceview.

Developer plans 42 townhouses for Ipswich suburb

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!