The Australian Dragon Boat Championships, or AusChamps, which was held at Lake Kawana on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast last weekend is Australia’s premier dragon boating event. It attracts the fastest, fittest and most furious paddlers in all categories from juniors to seniors, from all states and territories who compete against one another for the title of National Champion.
Three paddlers from the Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club – Sarsi Webber, Sandy Paull and Sharon Williams went through a stringent qualifying process last year to be selected to join paddlers from other North Coast clubs to compete under the banner of the NSW Far North Coast team.
The many months of intense training, peak fitness and determination paid off for the Far North Coast team who were victorious in winning Gold medals in the 500m Mixed and Women’s events and a Silver medal for the 100m Relay.
The Coffs Coast Dragon Boat caters for both competitive and non-competitive members and the club has men’s, women’s and breast cancer survivor crews. New members are always welcome. The club paddles four times a week at Mylestom and Sawtell. For more information about the Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club – www.coffscoastdbc.com.au or 0418 953 882