The 13th IDBF World Nations Dragon Boat Championships Kunming, China 18th – 22nd October 2017 saw best ever performances for all divisions.
Auroras Head Coach, Serghei Cucsa was very pleased with the outcome given the number of countries entered and the high standard of the competition.
Divisional Coaches Christopher Alexandrou, Martin Pavelka, Christopher Cheung, Maggie Boyce expressed their thanks for being allowed to work with Australia’s elite Dragon Boat athletes.
“The postponement of the 13th World Nations Dragon Boat Championships meant that athletes had an additional 3 months of training. Their focus, control and determination over this period allowed them to gain a high level of improvement both on and off the water since their selection camps. The overall results demonstrate the level of improvements since the Canada campaign. It was pleasing to see that several of the Premier paddlers who competed as U24s in Divonne-Les-Bain in July were able to use this experience to assist the Premiers in their amazing achievements”
The Premiers, Senior A, B, C paddlers were able to demonstrate in Kunming, China that they are the Future + the Heart & Soul of Australian Dragon Boating. They were able to grow on the ongoing spirit and passion of the AusDBF Auroras by showing that they do have One Heart, One Soul, One Team, and One Goal because they are Australia.
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 the Indian Ocean dragon boat club for their excellent results at the recent Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival! The team fielded women’s, mixed and open crews and participated in some fun races too. Lots of fun was had by all, and great results were celebrated by the entire crew. Results and photos below!
Race Result – June 2nd, 10’s racing:
200m International Womens Championship – Made Semi Final
200m International Mixed Championship – Grand Final (4th)
200m International Open Championship – Grand Final
Race Result – June 3rd, 20’s Racing:
400m International Mixed Championship – Grand Final (5th)
400m International Open Championship – Grand Final (5th)
San Miguel Dry Land Dragon Boat Challenge – 2nd Place (fun event)
Race Result – June 4th, 20’s racing:
400m International Open Grand Championship – Made Semi Final
400m International Mixed Grand Championship – Heat 1
Red Bull Dragon Roar International Open – 3rd Place (fun event)
The team under the decorative archway entrance to the Hong Kong Dragon Boat festival (below)
The ladies crew
The gents come 2nd in the ‘land based challenge’ (paddling on an ergo machine)
At the wind-up dinner for all clubs and competitors
Best of luck to the Indian Ocean Dragon Boat Club (IOD), which is sending a crew to Hong Kong to compete at the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races! The competition will be held in the Hong Kong harbour on 2-4 June 2017 and is expected to be an exciting event with plenty of Chinese dragon boat tradition and fanfare. (Photo: www.swaindestinations.com)
In order to maximise their crews and ability to race in multiple events, IOD put forth an EOI for paddlers from other clubs to join them and several paddlers took up the offer. Members of the Cockburn Blades and The Lakers will be competing with IOD in Hong Kong. Best of luck IOD crew and may you bring home some bling!
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.
The crews that qualified in Year 1 at the 2016 Australian Dragon Boat Championships in Adelaide are now available to view (link below). Could you please advise your clubs on where the information can be found and that each crew must accept their position no later than 30 March 2017 to secure their place and allow AusDBF to determine the number of entries from the 2017 competition placings. Clubs should email their acceptance to:
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: