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One month to go – Senior Auroras

Only one month to go before the Senior Auroras will be on the water in China!  The World Nations Dragon Boat Championships runs from 18-23 October in Kunming, China.

Training sessions are now up to six on-water paddling workouts per week, and two gym sessions.  Everyone is very fit and committed to their team and training, and are looking forward to the championships.  A big ‘THANK YOU‘ from all the WA Auroras to their clubs and club team mates for all the support, encouragement, fund-raising and enthusiasm that has been shared with them on their journey to the Worlds!

See our WA Auroras here.

Congratulations, Junior & Youth Auroras!

DBWA is very proud to announce the results of the Aurora Junior and Youth crews that competed in France at the World Nations Dragon Boat Championships.

Our WA paddlers were:

  • U16 – Amelia Anderson, Elsie Edmonds, Emma Troncone
  • U18 – Julia Ward
  • U24 – Brad Smits, Steven Smits, Chloe Tindal

The medals won were:
GOLD – 7

The age categories and events in which medals were won are listed below.

medal U16 U18 U24
Gold 2km women’s 10s
2km mixed 10s
2km open 10s
500m women’s 10s
500m open 10s
200m women 10s
200m women’s10s
Silver 2km women’s 10s
500m women’s 10s
500m mixed 10s
200m women’s 10s
200m mixed 10s
200m open10s
2km women’s 10s
500m women’s 10s
200m women’s10s
200m open20s
Bronze 500m mixed 10s
200m mixed 10s
 500m open 20s 2km women’s 10s
2km mixed 20s
500m mixed 20s
500m women’s 10s
200m mixed 20s

The Perth Pirates Dragon Boat Club 2017 Claisebrook Challenge

The Perth Pirates Dragon Boat Club invite all DBWA clubs to participate in the 2017 Claisebrook Challenge with all proceeds going to Telethon.  Race date is Sunday 10th September 2017.

It is a high profile race 12 km race from Maylands to Claisebrook Cove (East Perth) and back.  Boats will be provided.

This is a great event for the promotion of Dragon Boating and for the support of a worthy cause.  Please see details and entry form provided at the link below.

Claisebrook Challenge – Invitation and Race Details – 2017

Cheer on our Aurora Juniors and U24s!

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, Indian Ocean crew!

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

Auroras 2017 – Beijing, China

The registration process has begun for the IDBF 13th World Nations Championships 2017 to be held in Beijing, China.  The exact dates of the event have yet to be confirmed.

Registrations to try out for the Aurora team must be received by AusDBF by 31 July 2016.

The Aurora registration form is via Jotform – the link is located on the AusDBF website and is directly above the table labelled ‘Attachments’.  Alternately, try this link:

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.

Denmark Dragon Boat Marathon – Sunday 15 May 2016

The 10 km mini marathon course will be held on Sunday morning (8am start). The 10 km distance has been selected to accommodate paddlers of all abilities.

Please register as soon as possible to help us with planning. The registration form is here: Denmark Marathon registration form – 2016

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.)

Map of locations – Lions Club and Riverside Caravan Park

See the details in the events page.

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.

Denmark Junior Coaching Clinic – Saturday 14 May 2016

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 2016 Junior 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