Last month, Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club’s crew of 36 took on the giants of the South Eastern Queensland dragon boat competition and brought home a winning trophy.
Gold Coast’s Broadwater Dragon Club hosted the Battle of the Paddle at Carrara and it is where clubs suss-out their competition for the Australian Championships, Canberra, in April.
Rainbow Dragons are now on their radar. In a field of 14 crews Rainbow Dragon’s Womens 20s performed strongly, placing first and second in the heats earning them a place in the final. They took on Manly, Sunshine Coast and Currumbin – three powerhouse clubs with formidable reputations and won.
Rainbow Dragons took up racing at The Battle of the Paddle three years ago and have quickly advanced from the regional crew trailing the strong and somewhat younger, well polished Queensland crews – to strong performances with some very narrow finishes in Womens 20s and 10s, Mixed 20s and Open/Mens 10s.
The regatta was seen as building the racing skills of the teams going to the Australian Championships, but it was also a significant time for new club members, regatta rookies (first race and they’re hooked) and one sweep upgrading his qualifications. He is now Level 3- no more supervision and regatta ready.
This month is a biggie!
A club team heads for the Wellington Regatta, rigorous training continues for Rainbow Dragons selected for the Regional team, to compete at States and the club teams racing at the Australian Championships in Canberra.