In August 2015, the Auroras will represent Australia at the IDBF World Dragon Boat championships in Welland, Ontario, Canada (near Niagara Falls).
WA paddlers have been very competitive in previous Aurora selection campaigns and several of our athletes have been chosen to paddle in the National team and represent various age categories from Junior through to Senior C.
Selection criteria are used in determining the Aurora crews. Active training is required for one to be successful, however the requirements are achievable by most paddlers who have the desire and drive to compete at an elite level. A positive attitude and good team spirit are critical components of the assessment process and are considered as important as the fitness of the paddler.
Fitness testing will be held 30 May to 15 June, fitness criteria have been set and dates for training camps have been scheduled (for more information, click here).
For those who are interested in trying out for the Auroras, assistance and guidance is available from DBWA. For example, DBWA can help with personalised training programs for Aurora hopefuls, as well as provide technique training for the various tests so paddlers can safely build themselves up to the fitness levels required. DBWA also has equipment that can be used to conduct these technique training sessions, so the exercises can be done at a dragon boat club, versus needing to go to a gym.
An information session for all interested paddlers will be prepared in the near future to detail the process of building up one’s fitness to the required levels in an achievable manner.
Please direct queries to , DBWA Coaching Director.