Wide Bay Warriors take bronze at Dragon Boat Championships
THE combined Wide Bay Warriors dragon boat team won bronze at the Queensland Dragon Boat Federation State Championships a fortnight ago in Kawana.
Clubs from across Queensland competed in the annual two-day event which featured the 500m and 2km races on Saturday, March 27, followed by the 200m sprints on the Sunday.
Joining the Cooloola Dragon Boat Club team to make up the numbers in the Wide Bay Warriors were seven additional dragon boat paddlers - two from Hervey Bay and five from Bundaberg.
Cooloola Dragons president Sandra Wooster said the teams had been combining more lately as clubs struggled to field teams.
It was a positive move for everyone competing at the championships.
The Warriors were able to rally 26 paddlers, leaving plenty of reserves if needed to field crews in the mixed and women's categories racing in the Senior B age division (aged between 50 and 60 years).
The Wide Bay Warriors mixed team were the most successful, taking the bronze in the 2km event.
There were six boats in each race. Taking gold in the Warriors final were Brisbane River Dragon while the Manly Dragon Boat Club finished with silver.
Wooster said the third placing was a major achievement for the team.
The women's team also held their own and, with some competing in both mixed and women's teams, many did well to get back in the water for a second 2km event within 15 minutes of their first race.
The composite Warriors' team put in a strong effort on both days, reaching finals in almost all contested events.
"The teams posted strong times throughout the weekend," Wooster said.
The 200m sprints were the most exhausting because each person had to paddle flat out and really push themselves. However, some prefer the rhythm involved in a 2km race.
Although the state championships are over for the year, the Cooloola Dragon Boat Club is eager to recruit new male and female paddlers of all ages, as now is the perfect time to give it a try, without the pressure of competing.
Although based at Tin Can Bay, the club boasts a strong contingent from Gympie and surrounding areas.
For further information visit http://www.coolooladragonboatclub.org.au.