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State Team – Expressions of Interest – now closes 18 Nov 17

Note: New closing date for EOI – 18 November!

DBWA is now accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the State Team.  The selected crews will compete at the 2018 Australian Dragon Boat Championships (Lake Kawana, Sunshine Coast QLD, 3-8 March 2018).  At a minimum, DBWA is very keen to put forward Junior, Premier and Senior A crews, but the preference is to be able to enter teams in all age categories.  It is hoped that paddlers will encourage each other to submit an EOI to try out for the team.

EOIs are to be submitted before 18 November 2017 by going to the Jotform link below and completing the required questionnaire. Paddlers who are currently on the Australian Nationals team (Auroras) must still submit an EOI, but do not need to do the initial bench marking.

Remember, you cannot fail these tests!  They are simply benchmarks; the coaches will be looking for you to improve on your tests each time you do them.  So there is no need to be afraid — everyone is very supportive of one another and the coaches will help you through the testing process.  If you have any concerns about the testing (e.g. have bad knees or injury), please , DBWA Coaching Director, to discuss.

Paddlers should note the slight decrease to the weights for the upright row.  It has been decided to decrease the weight in the hope of allowing people to achieve higher numbers within the 2 minutes.  The 10kg will be used in preference to the 20kg bar, as people are likely to have more access to the lighter-weight bar.

Please read the following information and watch the videos to understand the technique to be used for the tests.

1. Upright row with bounce (Not Strict) – in 2 mins

The start of the video shows approximate width of hands; they should be just inside your hip width. There are two ways of doing the move. The first three moves uses a single bounce with stopping between each one. The last few seconds of the video shows a double bounce, with no stopping between the repetitions.

The main things to remember are:

  • Keep your hands close to your body throughout the move.
  • Keep your elbows above (higher) than the weight.
  • Don’t go any lower than the point where you have straight arms/body – your hands do not go past your knees.
  • This is more of a leg exercise than an arm exercise (see below).

The arms control the move, but it is the leg drive which allows the weight to be lifted up to the level of the arm pit. If you do not go to straight arms at the bottom, or bring the weight up to your armpit with your elbows high, that rep will not count.

2. Push ups

You can use this clip to practise the 3 sec cadence that will be used on testing day.  Remember, it is full push ups on your toe and making sure your elbows bend to create a right angle (i.e. no partial push ups). On the day, to help ensure this, you will partner up with another paddler, who will then put their fist on the ground at your sternum position.  The push up will involve lowering yourself so that your sternum touches their fist time (i.e. one touch per push up). If you do not do the correct technique, you will get a warning.  If one’s technique is lost for a second time, then that will be the count for the maximum number of repetitions.

3. Sit ups – in 2 mins

For this you are looking to ensure your shoulder blades touch the ground each time, and your elbows touch the top half of your legs each time. If you do not do full technique that sit up will not count. See the video below for the correct hand position for junior and senior women, and for men, as they are all different.

4. Beep test – to end of level stated

The distance is 20m on hard ground (e.g. pavement) or 19m on grass.  The beep test requires one to run in a straight line, then rapidly change direction, once they get to the line. One has to touch the line before the beep to be counted.  You cannot start running again until the next beep, so it helps to practice your timing. If you miss the line once, you will get a warning.  If you miss touching the very next line, that will be recorded as your level.  NOTE: if you have bad knees, please get a doctor’s note and liaise with , DBWA Coaching Director, to discuss and arrange for alternate testing (e.g. ergo testing) to be done. .

It may help reading up on techniques that can help with your beep test performance.  Turning on the line is a skill, and it helps to practice it.

5. Plank – 3 mins

The plank is to be done on elbows and toes, with the body straight between shoulders and heels.  If your bottom raises, you will be warned.  On the second warning you will be considered out and your time will be recorded.  Likewise, once any part of your body drops to the floor (e.g. knee, chest) that will be marked as your time.

Congratulations, Cockburn ladies!

Congratulations to the Cockburn ladies crew who competed at the 2017 Australian Championships in Albury-Wodonga!

Due to various factors, this small crew of paddlers were the only participants representing WA at the Nationals this year.   Vivienne Wigg was also honoured as the WA flag bearer for the event.

The ladies did a great job. They competed as Senior A paddlers, despite being a crew made up of mostly Senior C and Senior B members, and made it not only to the semi-finals in both their 200m and 500m events, but finished 7th out of 17 teams in the 200m x 10s boat event!  Great work, ladies!  Congratulations!

The ladies team consisted of:

  • Barbara Harris
  • Bernie Constable
  • Carlie Byrne
  • Cherie Cobban
  • Chris Martin
  • Hermie Bourchier
  • Lyn Paul
  • Lynne Kostanic
  • Maggie Marshall
  • Ruth Dennis
  • Sharon Corsbie
  • Vivienne Wigg (also WA flag bearer)

Dates – 2017 World & 2018 Australian Championships

The dates and location of  the 2018 Australian Championships has been announced.  It will be held in Penrith, NSW from 4-9 April 2018.

The Junior and U24 Auroras will be competing at the World Championships in Divonne-les-Bain, France from 27-30 July 2017.

The Premier and Senior Auroras will be competing at the World Championships in Kunming, China from 18-23 October 2017.

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:

Still need accommodation?

discovery holiday parks

If your team has yet to book accommodation, Discovery Parks has contacted DBWA and advised they still have room availability and would be happy to accommodate more teams at a group discounted rate.

Discovery provides a variety of styles of accommodation services with cabins ranging from economy through to Deluxe 3BR cabins depending on your requirement and budget. Discovery can also accommodate for small or large group bookings whether it be for social or business along with short or long term stays.

If your team would like a proposal, (Business Development Manager) or phone her on (08) 8219 3000 or mobile 0413 228 561.  Website:


Accor Hotels Perth has great specials available for the duration of the Dragon Boat Championships. The Sebel, Novotel, Mercure, ibis and ibis Styles offer a level of comfort to suit all tastes and a rate to match all budgets. Simply click on the link and start exploring!

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Great Eastern Motor Lodge is offering a discounted rate of 10% to any competitors or delegates who attend the 2015 National Dragon Boat Championships.  Situated only 5 minutes from Perth CBD,  8 minutes from the domestic airport and 5 minutes to the Tonkin Highway leading to the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre. Visit the website to find out room rates and more.

Training bookings – CONFIRMED

The training booking schedule has been finalised, meaning that all interstate crews who have requested bookings have now been entered and are confirmed.

View this document to see your club’s booking time: Training Day bookings 2015 – 9 April 15

Any time slots which are still available may be filled by WA crews and/or any interstate teams that have yet to book a training time on a first come, first serve basis.


The boats are here! The boats are here!

Our new, beautiful boats have arrived!  Yayyyyy!!!

Two sea containers holding 20 brand-new dragon boats arrived in Fremantle and was transported to a warehouse in Welshpool for unloading on Sunday, 15 February 2015.

A big THANK YOU to all those people who came to help unload… lifting and moving 20 boats is no easy feat!

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8th boat out of the container... fancy gold scales!
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How are you getting to Champion Lakes?

Has your team considered transport to and from Champion Lakes and around Perth?

taxi   Champion Lakes is a 30-35 minute drive from Perth CBD (~30 km).  A taxi is expected to cost approximately $50-$70 for a one-way trip.  There are several taxi companies in Perth — they are all about the same.  Fridays and Saturdays are busy in Perth and especially Northbridge — it is recommended that the taxi ranks are used, because flagging down a taxi may take a long time.  Click here for a list of Perth taxi ranks.

Transperth trainA train can be taken from the Perth train station to the Kelmscott Station on the Armadale line, however it will take about 30 minutes and once you arrive in Kelmscott you will need to walk about 2 km to Champion Lakes.

busHiring a charter bus is likely the best way to transport a team, unless it is a very small team and then car hire may be a preferred option.  There are no preferred charter companies, so just look in the Yellow Pages.  Advise the driver there is a designated parking/drop off area at Champion Lakes — see the Champion Lakes – access info and note the purple line and balloons indicating the entry to the parking area and the parking area itself.  Paddlers simply need to walk a short distance from the parking lot across the footbridge at the east end of the lake.

Here is some other information which may be of assistance:

  • There is a ‘free transit zone’ within the CBD which one canTransperth_Bus ride the buses for free.  There are also ‘CAT’ buses (grey with a big black cat on them) that follow set circular route/times in the CBD and are also free.  Click here for CAT bus map.
  • Transperth – Perth’s bus and train network. (There is also one ferry that goes from the city CBD across the river to the south shore, in case anyone wants to visit the zoo.)
  • List of Perth taxi ranks

IMPORTANT – 14 Feb is deadline for team entries!


As per the information in Bulletin 1 (p.2), the deadline for team entries is this Saturday, 14 February.  Note that this deadline refers to the team entry in SmartSpace — payment is a separate matter and is not due until later (28 Feb is the early bird deadline).  Crew lists are not required at this stage; all that is required is for clubs and State teams to enter the races in which you wish to compete.

Team managers – be sure to review the limitations/restrictions listed in Bulletin 1 (p.3) under the header ‘Competition program’ to ensure your teams can comply.  For example, there is a limit to the number of Masters ages groups a paddler can enter, as well as the number of 2,000 m races in which an individual can compete.

It is understood that SmartSpace is meant to be set up so the team administrators can see what races have been entered by other crews, so the question of whether there are enough crews in a race should be answered by referring back to SmartSpace and checking the status of the entries.  It is also understood that SmartSpace should allow crews to make changes to their entries up until 14 Feb.

Be mindful that there will be a lot of activity on SmartSpace this week, so don’t wait until the last moment to submit entries because no one wants the server to crash!  Start entering your teams now!



Meet our mascot… T-Rex!!


Fast and furious, T-Rex is a force to be reckoned with!  As far as dragons go, T-Rex embodies the spirit of the sport; he gives it his all and is passionate while still being a good sportsman… or is that a good sportslizard?

T-Rex may seem like a bit of an odd name for a dragon boat mascot, however he isn’t actually named after the dinosaur (although that works too).  T-Rex is actually an acronym of the name of a highly respected individual within the sport of dragon boating in WA.  The name was suggested by a paddler because they noted this individual is extremely dedicated to the ongoing development and improvement of the sport both within the State and nationally, and he has done an immense amount of work with juniors and high-performance crews.

It was agreed that it was a great name for our mascot and we hope T-Rex reminds each of us to work hard, support each other and strive to bring out the best in every paddler at the 2015 Australian Championships!  Paddles up!