HEAD RETURNED: The Ballina outriggers present the Ballina Dragon boaters with their dragon head, lost during a paddle last Saturday.
HEAD RETURNED: The Ballina outriggers present the Ballina Dragon boaters with their dragon head, lost during a paddle last Saturday. Contributed

Cool heads help in Ballina Dragons boat rescue

THE Ballina Dragons lost their head last Saturday.

The paddlers were joined by Ballina outriggers for a time trial around the island, but the conditions were a bit too rough and the dragon head at the bow of the dragon boat was knocked off the craft.

Dragon boats aren't designed for rough water and waves.

But Shelley Cornish from the Ballina Dragon Boat Club said the outriggers kept their heads after see- ing the dragon head had gone overboard, and re- trieved the bow ornament.

The outriggers then used their heads and fired up the barbecue for a cooked breakfast, inviting the dragon boaters to join them for the official return of the dragon head.

The outriggers are raising money for a new boat.

Meanwhile, the Ballina Dragons train on Mondays and Thursdays from 5.30pm and on Saturdays from 7.30am at the Ballina Angling Club off Tamarind Drive, next door to the old council depot.

See ballinadragons.net.



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