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!
DBWA is now accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the State Team. The selected crews will compete at the 2018 Australian Dragon Boat Championships (Lake Kawana, Sunshine Coast QLD, 3-8 March 2018). At a minimum, DBWA is very keen to put forward Junior, Premier and Senior A crews, but the preference is to be able to enter teams in all age categories. It is hoped that paddlers will encourage each other to submit an EOI to try out for the team.
EOIs are to be submitted before 30 September 2017 by going to the Jotform link below and completing the required questionnaire. Paddlers who are currently on the Australian Nationals team (Auroras) must still submit an EOI, but do not need to do the initial bench marking.
Remember, you cannot fail these tests! They are simply benchmarks; the coaches will be looking for you to improve on your tests each time you do them. So there is no need to be afraid — everyone is very supportive of one another and the coaches will help you through the testing process. If you have any concerns about the testing (e.g. have bad knees or injury), please , DBWA Coaching Director, to discuss.
Paddlers should note the slight decrease to the weights for the upright row. It has been decided to decrease the weight in the hope of allowing people to achieve higher numbers within the 2 minutes. The 10kg will be used in preference to the 20kg bar, as people are likely to have more access to the lighter-weight bar.
Please read the following information and watch the videos to understand the technique to be used for the tests.
1. Upright row with bounce (Not Strict) – in 2 mins
The start of the video shows approximate width of hands; they should be just inside your hip width. There are two ways of doing the move. The first three moves uses a single bounce with stopping between each one. The last few seconds of the video shows a double bounce, with no stopping between the repetitions.
The main things to remember are:
Keep your hands close to your body throughout the move.
Keep your elbows above (higher) than the weight.
Don’t go any lower than the point where you have straight arms/body – your hands do not go past your knees.
This is more of a leg exercise than an arm exercise (see below).
The arms control the move, but it is the leg drive which allows the weight to be lifted up to the level of the arm pit. If you do not go to straight arms at the bottom, or bring the weight up to your armpit with your elbows high, that rep will not count.
You can use this clip to practise the 3 sec cadence that will be used on testing day. Remember, it is full push ups on your toe and making sure your elbows bend to create a right angle (i.e. no partial push ups). On the day, to help ensure this, you will partner up with another paddler, who will then put their fist on the ground at your sternum position. The push up will involve lowering yourself so that your sternum touches their fist time (i.e. one touch per push up). If you do not do the correct technique, you will get a warning. If one’s technique is lost for a second time, then that will be the count for the maximum number of repetitions.
For this you are looking to ensure your shoulder blades touch the ground each time, and your elbows touch the top half of your legs each time. If you do not do full technique that sit up will not count. See the video below for the correct hand position for junior and senior women, and for men, as they are all different.
The distance is 20m on hard ground (e.g. pavement) or 19m on grass. The beep test requires one to run in a straight line, then rapidly change direction, once they get to the line. One has to touch the line before the beep to be counted. You cannot start running again until the next beep, so it helps to practice your timing. If you miss the line once, you will get a warning. If you miss touching the very next line, that will be recorded as your level. NOTE: if you have bad knees, please get a doctor’s note and liaise with , DBWA Coaching Director, to discuss and arrange for alternate testing (e.g. ergo testing) to be done. .
It may help reading up on techniques that can help with your beep test performance. Turning on the line is a skill, and it helps to practice it.
The plank is to be done on elbows and toes, with the body straight between shoulders and heels. If your bottom raises, you will be warned. On the second warning you will be considered out and your time will be recorded. Likewise, once any part of your body drops to the floor (e.g. knee, chest) that will be marked as your time.
It is an AusDBF requirement for all coaches and sweeps to have and retain first aid accreditation. The required course is nationally accredited and is known as ‘Provide First Aid’.
DBWA intends to run the Provide First Aid course in November 2017 and May 2018. The exact dates will be confirmed when final arrangements are made with the presenter.
These courses are to intended to assist coaches and sweeps in that capacity and are available ONLY to current coaches and sweeps and to those individuals who have demonstrated commitment to becoming a coach or sweep (e.g. have been selected for the coaching course, or are actively pursuing sweep accreditation).
Please forward any questions about the course or eligibility to Laura Hughes,.
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 all the paddlers who tried out for the Auroras, the Australian national dragon boat team! The WA paddlers were very successful during this selection campaign. In August the fitness tests were run and 100% of all WA paddlers who tried out were invited to the selection camps which were held over east in the last quarter of 2016. This in itself is a significant achievement and a credit to all the paddlers who strived to meet the challenging fitness benchmarks.
The Aurora selection camp was typically rigorous and of the 25 WA paddlers who competed for a spot on the team, 19 were selected for the Auroras crew and another two are on standby, in case someone is injured or must withdraw from the team. For WA to have nearly 76% of those who tried out make the Aurora team is a huge accomplishment and reflective of the quality of paddlers in this State.
Although each paddler who tried out has personally dedicated significant time and effort to reach an elite level, it is only through the ongoing support and assistance of the clubs, coaches and team mates that the WA paddlers have been able to achieve such success. DBWA extends a big ‘thank you’ to all paddlers and members for your support and encouragement of the paddlers who strive to compete at an elite level — it would not be possible without you!
The 2017 World Championships have been divided into two events this year, with the U16, U18 and U24s heading to Divonne-Les-Bains France from 27-30 July, and the Premier and Senior crews competing in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China between 18-23 October.
This separation of age categories has provided AusDBF with an opportunity to do something that is not usually possible – and that is to allow members in the Premier Auroras team to also be eligible for the U24 team. A second EOI was sent out and three of our WA members were selected to compete in this category; two of which had also been selected for the Premier team (Brad and Steve Smit), with Chloe Tindal being added to the team. WA now has representatives across all Auroras divisions.
The WA paddlers are shown below, along with their details. Anyone interested in learning more about the Auroras can for more information.