Forza Dragon Boat Club held their Aqua Spectacular event on 1 March 2014, and it proved to be a success! The format was new and required teams to nominate how long it would take them to paddle 200 m, then they had to try and match that time! The team that came closest to their nominated time would be the winner.
Congratulations to Perth Pirates for first place, and to Cockburn Blades for an extremely close (0.37 sec) second place win!
Many times during the event paddles were laughing and saying, “This is the slowest racing I’ve ever done!” as several of the teams picked a very ‘relaxed’ paddling rate to be used for their races. This became rather funny to watch when a team with a ‘fast’ nominated race time was matched with a crew with a ‘slow’ nominated race time — people who were watching from the shoreline must have been wondering what kind of strange races were being run!
Forza extends their gratitude to the many people who helped make the event a success, including the volunteers, their sponsors, the City of Bunbury and Department of Sport and Recreation who funded the Forza boat shed from which the event was run, Fremantle Swan DBC for supplying two boats and Trevor for transporting them, and all the members of Forza who helped organise the event and all the clubs and paddlers who came to Bunbury to support it.
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 DBWA Board is requesting expressions of interest from members to help fill casual vacancies on the Board. Due to one unfilled position after the AGM, two resignations (Jenny Clements and Dustin Smith), plus a Board member who is on FIFO, we are very short-staffed and need members to assist us.
The positions are operational in nature and we require people who are willing to be actively involved in the Board (e.g. checking their emails on a routine basis and participating in planning discussions, making phone calls, going to the shops and purchasing items and equipment as necessary, helping set up equipment at the regattas, helping with media relations and publications, etc., etc.).
There is plenty to do, so please become engaged in your sport at a high level and contribute to the growth and development of dragon boating in Western Australia. Note that there are some great opportunities for people (especially Juniors) who want practical experience to put on their CV / résumé!
Interested members are encouraged to send DBWA an email advising of the skills and abilities they feel they can bring to the Board, and what time commitment they could make to the position. At this point, even short-term assistance to the Board would be helpful, as we have various projects we would like to develop. It does not matter if one is in a regional area, as that can be accommodated. Please email to discuss further.
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.
DBWA has a been able to arrange a discount when buying Motion Masters and the affiliated software and licence, and clubs can access this discount by purchasing the item through DBWA. The discount works out to 10% off the retail price, plus free delivery.
There is also an iPhone app for the Motion Master which collects data. The data from the app is a subset of the Motion Master itself collects, but it still provides valuable information.
If your club is interested in buying a Motion Master, contact DBWA.
DBWA is investigating the use of the pontoon at the regattas. The pontoon have obvious advantages (less variation in starting position across all lanes), but also has some disadvantages, namely the cost involved, the number of volunteers required to assist on the pontoon, and the need to shift it so the 2,000 m race can be run.
It is uncertain whether the pontoon is a feasible option for use at all the grand prix regattas, but DBWA is endeavoring to put measures in place which minimise inconsistent or unfair starts. It is already recognised that fair and equitable starts are of significant importance at the State Championships.
Racing at the regatta on 19 January, 2014 was extremely close, with some races being won by the merest of margins. Finishing tower photos show how incredibly close some of the races were and why the photo finish equipment is so important for us to have at the Champion Lakes venue.
DBWA needs help from anyone who can spare some time to assist with the 2015 National Championships. The time commitment can be adjusted to suit your needs, and with today’s electronic communications, doesn’t matter where you live!
Some of the areas we are looking for ideas and assistance include:
Logistics (e.g. tents, food stalls, etc)
If you are interested in helping out, please with your name, email and mobile phone number.