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.