Cooloola Dragons, combined with Bundy and Hervey Bay Dragons, competed as Wide Bay Warriors in the State Titles at Lake Kawana in wet and blustery conditions.
Stiff competition was against us with teams from as far north as Townsville down to the Qld/NSW border.
The intense and dedicated training three days a week, by coaches and paddlers up and down Snapper Creek, paid off!
The Wide Bay Warriors took out the Bronze in the Senior A Open 20 Standard Boat on the Saturday and then on Sunday, the Senior Women’s B Standard Boat over 200 metres won the Bronze, which was very fitting with Sunday being International Women’s Day!
Cooloola Dragons will now resume their usual two-day weekly training days on Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings.
Last Saturday, our dragon club display stall at the ‘Connecting with the Community’ event at the Pavilion at the Gympie Showgrounds created a lot of interest with individual people, as well as community groups looking for information on the sport of dragon boating.
We hope we have the pleasure of seeing them “come and try”. We are always happy to see anyone come to our training days on Thursdays and Sundays to “have a go”.
A number of Cooloola Dragons are heading to 1770 on May 9 and 10 to take part in the Dragon Boat Regatta as part of the 1770 Cook 250 celebrations. Sounds like a lot of fun and rivalry.
Like all world sporting events, ours too has been affected by the Coronavirus. The World’s Dragon Boat Championships to be held in France in August 2020 has been cancelled.
Our Assistant Coach, Shane Berkhurt was in a team headed for France and has been training hard. This has been very disappointing but would appear necessary, as decisions have to be made to try and keep our sports people safe.
Don’t forget to come for a hot breakfast at the Dragons Lair Cafe in the RSL Hall on market day Tin Can Bay third Saturday each month. See you there!
For further information on our Club, please phone our Head Coach Sandy 0402352756.