Committee 2014 – 2015

President

Karen Morris

This is my sixth season with Melbourne Flames and my third as the Melbourne Flames Dragon Boat Club President, following on from my role as Club Captain in 2011.

I come from a sporting background of field hockey, both as a player and a coach; however on arriving in Australia in 2009, I got hooked on dragon boating and have never looked back.

I have been a member of the Auroras since its inception in since 2010, representing Australia at the Asian Championships, World Championships and the Inaugural World Cup in 2014.

I’m a paddler, sweep, coach, and official – always useful to have a different perspective and understanding of the sport.

Vice President

Mark van Tatenhove

This is my second season as a member of the club, and first year as Vice President of the club.

I joined through Meet-up, at a time when I really needed friendship and support. Melbourne Flames have been very accepting and like a second family in ways. I enjoy the comradeship and the fact that we all work for the team.

I am looking to continue to perfect my technique and to completing at local, regional and the national championships in the coming years.

Treasurer

Jennifer Brown (JB)

Known around the club as “JB”, I have been a Melbourne Flames club member since 2010, and this is my second year in the role of
Treasurer.

Over the years, I have enjoyed paddling with the Melbourne Flames in
many regattas and enjoy the challenge of working on perfecting & improving my paddling technique and fitness.

This has led to representing Victoria at numerous National Championships, and gaining selection in the “Auroras”, representing Australia at the 2012 and 2014 Asian Championships, proudly as the Senior B Captain, at the 2013 World Dragon Boat Championships in Hungary and recently at the 1st World Cup event held in Fuzhou, China in June 2014.

So much fun to be had!

Secretary

Club Captain

Georgina Wakim

I am better known as “Georgie” and hope that I will be available and approachable to all club members, at any time for a chat or to discuss any issues that may arise. I will always be honest, fair and put the team first!

I was proudly the Co-Captain of the Australian Auroras that recently completed in the 2014 World Cup in China, 2014 Asian Championships in Maccau, 2013 World Championships in Hungary, and Vice-Captain of the Auroras at the 2012 Asian Championships in South Korea. In the 2011 World Championships in Tampa, I proudly was a member of the Australia’s Masters Women Crew who became World Champions. In my role as Club Captain, I am very happy to share my experience and knowledge, both on and off the water, with my club members and on the committee of the Melbourne Flames DB Club.

General Committee

Adrian Wong

I was inspired to try dragon boating when a member of the Melbourne Flames crashed a meeting between mutual friend and I, with medals dangling on her chest after returning from a competition in Falls Creek. That was back in 2009, and I haven’t regretted the decision to pick up the sport since.
I have been involved in the running of the club since 2011, through being a general committee member and acting General Secretary in 2011, Vice-President in 2012; and currently a general committee member for the 2013-2014 seasons. I also supported the Auroras campaign for the recent 2013 World Championships, as a Team Manager for the Premiers and Under 24 divisions in 2013.
When not dragon boating, I can be found on Facebook, posting photos of the food and occasionally on the Community radio station 3CR.

Réka Ábrahám

I have been paddling with the Melbourne Flames DBC since I emigrated from Hungary in 2011. Since the age of 9 I have paddled both kayaks and dragon boats. In 2002 and 2003 I was the Junior Kayak Marathon World Champion and National Hungarian Champion. From 2006 to 2011 in Hungary I was the Assistant Coach of the Gyor Kayak Club. Professionally I hold a Degree in Physical Education and Recreation.
Since arriving in Australia, Dragon Boat racing has become my primary focus. I have represented Australia as part of three International campaigns. Most recently in the 2014 inaugural World Cup held in Fuzhou, China following the Asian Championships in Macau. In 2013 I competed in the World Nations Championships in Hungary and in 2012 the Asian Championships in Busan, South Korea. In 2014 I was appointed as the Victorian State Senior A coach collecting two bronze medals at the Australian National Championships held on the Sunshine Coast. Currently I work as a kayak coach with paddlers from the Methodist Ladies College, Camberwell Grammar School and the Ivanhoe/Northcote Canoe Club.
Once more I am delighted to be nominated as part of the Melbourne Flames Committee, my goal for this season is to implement a junior’s program.