There are only a few weeks left until our Junior and U24 Auroras depart for France to compete at the World Dragon Boat Championships. For the majority of our young WA paddlers, this will be their first time competing at the Worlds.
These young athletes are training several days per week, with paddling sessions of up to 10km or more (including in single-craft, such as a kayak or TK1), and gym sessions are also part of their weekly training requirements. Please be sure to cheer them on and give words of encouragement during this critical training period! Support is very welcome during this time when the training is hard and the days are cool and daylight hours are short!
Our Juniors and U24 Auroras are listed here, along with their photos.
The World Championships for the Juniors and U24 will be held 27-30 July 2017 in France. The World Championships for the Premier and Senior crews will be held in October, in China.
Congratulations to the Indian Ocean dragon boat club for their excellent results at the recent Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival! The team fielded women’s, mixed and open crews and participated in some fun races too. Lots of fun was had by all, and great results were celebrated by the entire crew. Results and photos below!
Race Result – June 2nd, 10’s racing:
200m International Womens Championship – Made Semi Final
200m International Mixed Championship – Grand Final (4th)
200m International Open Championship – Grand Final
Race Result – June 3rd, 20’s Racing:
400m International Mixed Championship – Grand Final (5th)
400m International Open Championship – Grand Final (5th)
San Miguel Dry Land Dragon Boat Challenge – 2nd Place (fun event)
Race Result – June 4th, 20’s racing:
400m International Open Grand Championship – Made Semi Final
400m International Mixed Grand Championship – Heat 1
Red Bull Dragon Roar International Open – 3rd Place (fun event)
The team under the decorative archway entrance to the Hong Kong Dragon Boat festival (below)
The ladies crew
The gents come 2nd in the ‘land based challenge’ (paddling on an ergo machine)
At the wind-up dinner for all clubs and competitors
The Amazons are holding a ‘come and try’ session on Saturday 8 October 2016. All interested paddlers are welcome — please see Amazon flyer 2016 for the necessary information about where to go and what to wear!
Paddlers are to after they have submitted their registration so the Junior and Senior fitness benchmark days can be organised.
The first round of selections will be the fitness benchmarking. The benchmark days are as follows:
Juniors (U16 & U18) – Sunday 24th July at Metro – Swan Yacht Club starting from 0900, Regional – Denmark
U24, Premiers, Senior A, Senior B, Senior C and will be run on Sunday 28th August (venue and time to be advised later).
To get invited to the selection camp participants need to demonstrate an appropriate level of fitness benchmarking. Single craft paddling (TK1 with outrigger) is part of the Aurora selection process, however please note this is part of the second round of benchmarking conducted at the selection camp.
Please see the AusDBF website for the fitness testing requirements, paddler agreement, code of conduct and other important information. If you have any queries about the Auroras or the processes to be followed, please for assistance.
Saturday events, pre-marathon day – On Saturday afternoon there is a coaching clinic for juniors; those paddlers who are not attending may wish to come for a gentle sight-seeing paddle in the Denmark club’s dragon boat. Or unload yours and do a training session of your own, then you might like to join us for dinner with the juniors.
Saturday Meal – Please advise numbers for catering purposes a week in advance (COB Sat 7 May). See registration form for more details.
Sunday Lunch, Presentation and Raffle draw – Sausage sizzle and sandwiches available for lunch and presentation will be at Lions Club (No bar available, some drinks available or BYO.)
8:00am – Un-load boats
8:30am – Sweep and Crew Captain brief
8:50am – Dotting of the eye ceremony
9:00am/9:15am – Marathon Start
10.30/11am – load boats, clean up, change
then walk/drive to Lions Club for lunch and presentation.
The Australian Auroras coaches are looking for junior athletes!
The Aurora coaches are searching for junior athletes who have the potential to try out and train with the U16 and U18 Australian Aurora dragon boat teams. These teams will be travelling to China in 2017 with the Australian Senior teams to compete at the 13th World Nations Dragon Boat Championships. Traditionally the World Championships can attract paddlers from up to 20+ countries.
You don’t need to be a current Dragon Boat paddler to try out.Clinic will use land based information sessions and practical paddling demonstrations with all attendees participating in paddle training.
Open to all paddlers 12-18yrs of age.Enrolment is not limited to experienced paddlers, non-paddlers welcome. Club members from any club are welcome to invite their friends to enrol. Attendees not belonging to DBWA will be required to have parent/guardian sign the waiver indemnity form.
Coaching clinic runs from 3 pm to 6 pm on Saturday 14 May 2016Junior participants are invited to attend an evening meal from 6 pm to 7.30 pm at no extra charge (parents and family welcome to attend for $5 per head).
More information is available on the enrolment form, below
Congratulations to the medalists in the DBWA 2016 20s State Championships.
Medal tally and race times are available, below. Note that the race times have been grouped so all three heats for a race category are together, instead of listing the by race number (e.g. listed so that heats 1, 2 & 3 for the 200m Mixed are all grouped together, then all heats for 200 m Open are together, etc.).