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!
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.
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.
After some 15 months of preparation, the WA Auroras are off to Canada tonight, Saturday 8 August! WOOHOO!!
Flight time is 5 minutes to midnight, arriving in Hong Kong at 7:45 am, then departing 3 hours later at 10:45 am. Scheduled to land in Toronto at 1:45 pm on Sunday 9 August (Toronto time), which equates to Monday, 10 August at 1:45 am in Perth (12 hours ahead).
Details for live streaming video have yet to be announced. It is suggested one checks the following websites for any updates:
On Sunday 2nd August the WA Auroras will train at 0900 and then have the WA group presentations and send off at Swan Yacht Club (Freo) after training. Family, friends, supporters are all welcome to attend the presentation / send off after training.
The WA contingent of the Auroras fly out late (very late!) on the evening of 8 August. There is approximately a one-week acclimatisation and training period (and perhaps a bit of sight-seeing at Niagara Falls) before the World Championships on 19-23 August 2015 in Welland, Ontario, Canada.
Best of luck to the Aurora team! Make Australia proud!