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Congratulations, Auroras!

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.

Name Club Photo No of times selected as Aurora
Amelia Anderson

Junior Under 16

MDBC   1st time
Elsie Edmonds

Junior Under 16

Denmark   1st time
Jake Harris

Junior Under 16 (standby)

Denmark   1st time
Jana Hughes

Junior Under 16 (standby)

Denmark   1st time
Emma Troncone

Junior Under 16

FSDBC   1st time
Julia Ward

Junior Under 18

Lakers   1st time
Bradley Smits

U24 and Premier

Lakers   1st time
Steven Smits

U24 and Premier

Lakers   1st time
Chloe Tindal


FSDBC   2nd time
Daniel Foucar


Lakers   3rd time (Canada, Asian, China)
Carlie Byrne

Senior A

CDBC   1st time
Tanya Cobban

Senior A

FSDBC   1st time
Sharon Corsbie

Senior A

CDBC   1st time
Kim Mahony

Senior A

FSDBC   2nd time (Canada, China)
Heather Masters

Senior A

FSDBC   1st time
Kristin Priest

Senior A

CDBC   2nd time (Canada, China)
Suzy Cammilleri

Senior B

FSDBC   2nd time (Canada, China)
Joanne Dixon

Senior B

FSDBC   2nd time (Canada, China)
Vivienne Wigg

Senior B

CDBC   1st time
John Beinke

Senior C

Lakers   2nd time (Canada, China)
Keith Parker

Senior C

Lakers   1st time

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.

2017 Australian Dragon Boat Championships – Thursday 20 to Monday 24 April 2017

The information below has been taken from the AusDBF Facebook postPlease follow the AusDBF post or the AusDBF website for updates.

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.

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


WA Auroras – Bring on Canada!!

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:

The World Championships start on Wed, 19 Aug.  The race schedule is as below.  DBWA wishes the Auroras the best of luck to BRING HOME SOME BLING!!!

Wed 19 2000m sml/std boats
Thurs 20 1000m
Fri 21 500m mixed sml/std boats
Sat 22 200m std/sml boats
Sun 23 500m opens/womens sml/std boats

WA Auroras – Canada send-off

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!

DBWA State team photos – available for purchase

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.

Order form:
Bank details are provided on the form for payment.

For those of you who have already filled in an EOI form the other week saying you were interested in buying the photos, please complete the form above as I need your mailing address (and payment).

If you have any questions, please just ask — .


Kristin Priest
DBWA President/2015 Senior A State Team coach

DBWA State Team – EOI for photos from 2015 Australian Championships

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.

Click here for EOI registration form: