The following announcement was sent from the Australian Dragon Boat Federation Ltd:
AusDBF, with great pleasure wish to announce the appointment of Serghei Cucsa as Head Coach for the Aurora’s Campaign for 12th IDBF World Nations Championships to be held in Welland Canada 19 – 23 August 2015.
AusDBF have elected to exercise their discretionary right to take up the second year option of Serge’s original proposal which encapsulated 2014 – 2015 International Championships.
We were pleasantly surprised by the level of interest and the many questions fielded by individual Board members on – “how to become an Aurora?”
It seems that the pride to wear the Green & Gold jersey is alive and well in the Australian dragon boat fraternity.
Paddlers, information for you, regarding land based fitness testing, Camp 1 which covers further fitness testing and single craft on water time trials, plus full program details will soon be made available.
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.
Congratulations to Hannah Dixon, who is one of only 14 women to be selected to represent Australia at the inaugural IDBF World Cup in Fuzhou, China, in June 2014!
In December 2013 IDBF announced that the top nations from the 2013 World Championships would be invited to participate in a Team’s event over five different competitions, with a range of race formats and race distances. In a unique set-up especially designed for this event, crews will contest the World Cup over 100, 200, 400, 500 and 1,000 metres.
Good luck Hannah! You are a very worthy recipient of this honour!
The next round of fitness testing for State Teams and other member who is interested will be at Champions Lakes on Sunday 23rd Feb. Be there for 08:00 am for a 08:30 am start. We need to be away from there at 11:30 am/12:00 pm at latest.
Below are links to Serge and others demonstrating the various fitness tests being used for the Auroras Macau campaign. The beep test has not been included as it is a 4Mb file. If anyone would like a copy please contact , who will arrange to send separately.
Australia’s national team, the Auroras, did an amazing job at the 11th IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championship, 23-28 July 2013 in Szeged, Hungary, bringing home 35 medals in total – 15 Gold, 16 Silver and 4 Bronze! Click here for WA paddler results.
Our WA Auroras are wearing many of those medals — the Juniors won medals in 11 of their 13 races, and the Senior paddlers brought several medals home, too. DBWA congratulates all the Aurora paddlers on their excellent accomplishments.
Congratulations to the WA Juniors/Under 23’s and the senior paddlers who were selected on to the Auroras and will represent Australia at the 11th World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Szegred, Hungary!
The successful paddlers are:
Junior/Under 23 Auroras
Don’t be fooled by their laughter and smiles… these Juniors are serious competitors and a force to be reckoned with!
DBWA is pleased to announce that AusDBF has appointed Rex Tindal (DBWA Coaching Director and Fremantle Swans club member) as the Australian Aurora’s Junior Male Coach for the World Nations Championships in Hungary in July 2013. Congratulations, Rex!
DBWA is the State governing body for the sport of dragon boating in Western Australia