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Future bright for dragon boats

Annola McQuade, a current member of the Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club, was happy to support yesterday’s promotion day at Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head.
Annola McQuade, a current member of the Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club, was happy to support yesterday’s promotion day at Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head. JAY CRONAN

THE future of the Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club is looking bright, with more than 60 people attending a ‘come and try’ day at Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head on the weekend.

The club’s Juliette Sizer was delighted with the turn-out.

“At first we were a bit overwhelmed with the numbers,” she said.

“We had 61 brand new paddlers come along – we were really surprised by that. We took out four boatloads of people and the feedback was that everyone now wants to join the club.”

As a result, the club is organising extra training sessions for would-be members.

Training sessions for the next couple of weeks are already booked out.

But Ms Sizer said a lot of people seemed to show a natural skill for dragon boating.

“People picked it up very quickly. Obviously there’s a lot of technique for them to master, but the basic skills are there,” she said.

“This is the fastest-growing water sport in Australia.

“I think the appeal has to do with teamwork.

“It’s not something you do on your own. It’s very social. We go out, we have a chat, and we have a good time.

“It’s beautiful andrelaxing out on the lake.

“And, of course, it’s a good workout, but it’s suitable for people of all levels of fitness.”

The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club was formed through a restructuring of the Rainbow Dragons Abreast, which operated for breast cancer survivors and their supporters.

But because of the growing interest in the sport, a decision was made to open it to men and women of all ages.

For more information about the club, phone Ms Sizer on 6624 7073 or 0421 550 335; or Veda Dorrough on 6624 5481 or 0428 223 275.



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