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.
The regatta venue of the 2017 Australian Dragon Boat Championships as Gateway Lakes, Lemke Road, Wodonga, Victoria.
Albury-Wodonga sits at the centre of the Melbourne–Sydney–Canberra triangle and at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range.
DAY DATE EVENT Wed 19.04.2017 Training Day Opening Ceremony Thursday 20.04.2017 Masters Racing Day Friday 21.04.2017 Masters Racing Day Saturday 22.04.2017 State V State Racing Day Sunday 23.04.2017 Juniors & Premiers Racing Day Monday 24.04.2017 Juniors & Premiers Racing Day After Party Tuesday 25.04.2017 AusDBF ANZAC Day Dawn Service
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!
Clubs, please circulate this message to your members, particularly those who were in the 2015 DBWA State team.
Re: Professional State team paddling photos are now available! Get them all for only $18!
Professional photos were taken of all the DBWA State team crews paddling at the 2015 Nationals; these photographs are now available for purchase.
If a digital photo is purchased direct from the photographer it costs $28 per photo. DBWA has bulk purchased all the State team pictures, which means you will get 1280 photos for the low price of $18! Yes, that’s only $18 for all the photos!
With your purchase you will receive:
Approximately 8GB of professional photos taken on State vs State day — includes paddlers, sweeps, drummers, candid shots and any professional team photos that were taken
Includes all photos taken – i.e. you will have all pictures of Juniors, U24, Premiers, Senior A, B & C crews, both on water and land — not just your crew, but all the crews
Each picture is approximately 5 to 6 KB and therefore suitable for printing up to 16″ x 24″ (40 x 60 cm) and may be successfully cropped and printed without significant loss of resolution
No restrictions on use of photos – you are free to print them as many times as you want (and email them to your mum!)
Photos will be provided on a flash drive (thumb drive)
Postage to anywhere in WA
The photos may be viewed on line at Aussies in Action and for your convenience a sample of the watermark-free DBWA State team photos may be viewed here (note the sample photos have been reduced in size and quality — the photos will be very high quality, not as grainy as the ones in the example).
If you would like to purchase the photos, please complete the order form and make payment. Payment details are below — for those who are wondering, I am collecting the money directly because I will be the one paying for the flash drives, envelope and postage, etc. so I need to be reimbursed and will then deposit the DBWA portion of the payment into the DBWA account.
DBWA now has the State Team photos that were taken by Aussies in Action at the 2015 Australian Championships. Photos of all State teams (Junior, U24, Premier, Senior A, B & C) are all available.
If you are considering obtaining copies of the photos, please register your interest by completing the form below. The price has yet to be determined, but is expected to be less than $20 for all the photos.
Other details about the process have yet to be determined. At this point it is only an EOI for the photos, as the number of people who are interested will influence a few key factors of the process.