They’re the Coorong Dragons, and having won medals at Masters national and state level, these keen dragon boat racers are aiming to win a lot more this month.
The Goolwa-based club, which recently celebrated its third birthday, will have a strong contingent in the state championships in Adelaide on March 19-20 and the national titles, also in Adelaide from March 23-29. However, they’re not quite in the big league to compete in the world titles at West Lakes from April 1-7.
It emphasises how popular dragon boat racing is becoming in this state, but club members say it’s also about having a lot of fun and meeting great friends.
The Coorong Dragons have a catch cry Another beautiful day on the Murray, but these guys pictured will tell you any day is a good day.
Dragon boating is for all ages, genders and sporting ability – a great way to meet new people, increase your fitness and if you desire compete on a local and state level.
The Coorong Dragons, based at the Goolwa Aquatic Club on Barrage Road, describe themselves as a social club with a competitive edge, and back this up by having competitive training on Tuesdays at 5pm, Thursdays at 6pm and Sundays at 8am. There is social paddling on Fridays at 5.30pm and Sundays at 9am, and the Sunday sessions are followed by the obligatory coffee and a chat at one of the many local coffee venues.
Age is no barrier. Active members currently range from 21-60 years, and the club is looking for new members of all ages – and it’s not expensive to get started. New paddlers are provided with tuition from the coaching team and the club provides the equipment, including life jackets and paddles.
The club has won medals at Masters Games, state and national levels from Premier division (under 40 years old), and seniors (40-50; 50-60; 60+) levels, and with most of these members above set for the state and national action in March, let’s hope the success continues.
But hey, as they say, it’s also about enjoying dragon boat racing and every day is Another beautiful day on the Murray.
Contact: Coorong Dragons secretary 0448 690 300 or e: firstname.lastname@example.org