Roby and Lexi, our youngest active members were featured in their school newsletter.
Head Coach Serghei Cucsa & Flag Bearer Georgina Wakim from the Melbourne Flames represented the Auroras (Australia’s National Dragon Boat Team) on ABC News discussing recent victory at the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Welland, Canada. View the video interview at ABC News
SourcPaddlers from a number of Docklands-based clubs will compete in the event, which will see teams from over 20 countries meet at the Welland International Flatwater Centre in Ontario from August 18 to August 23. Th e Australian team, known as the Auroras, includes 41 Docklands representatives from local clubs the Yarra River Dragons, Melbourne Flames and Dragon Masters. Flames Coach Serghei Cusca will also head to the championships this month as head coach of the Australian team. Docklanders got the chance to witness the team’s sporting prowess last month, when the Aurora’s held an open day on July 26.
THREE Boroondara residents are set to sail off to the to Canada for a world championships with a difference.
Rose Doery, Gordon Tribbick and Adrian Stephens will compete at Niagara Falls in August as part of the Australian Dragon Boat team, the Senior C team for over 60s, at the Dragon Boat World Championships.
The trio are among a group of 24 Victorians who will first join the rest of the country’s best paddlers at a training camp in Queensland before flying out to compete on the world stage.
Doery said dragon boat racing was more than just a cultural event in China.
“In China, the Dragon Boat Festival is like our Melbourne Cup, everyone comes out and gets involved,” she said.
“But its more than just a festival, it’s a huge sport which is all throughout the world and is growing all the time.”
Doery said she first became interested in the sport through the Dragons Abreast group which consists of breast cancer survivors and supporters.
She said the sport was a great way to keep fit, especially for older people, as it helped develop core strength without jarring impacts.
More than 60 countries will compete at the world championships from August 19-24.
Doery, Tribbick and Stephens are eligible to be Progress Leader senior sports star nominees. To nominate a sports star, presented by Sportsmart, go to leadernews.com.au/sportsstar
Local dragon boat club the Melbourne Flames had some company last month when the Victorian Women’s Cricket team VicSpirit joined them on the water.
The Flames hosted the cricketers for a team building activity, providing an opportunity to showcase their sport to the elite cricket squad, some of whom have played for Australia.
The session focused on team work, paddling techniques and fun, finishing with a 200-metre race between two boats filled with both paddlers and cricketers.
Melbourne Flames Dragon Boat Club was featured in Channel TEN’s SCOPE episode – Unusual Sports.