Last weekend, three members of Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club, as members of the Northern Pride, won gold, gold, gold at the NSW Dragon Boat State Titles, Penrith.
Leaving nothing in doubt they won all their heats, then the finals.
Rainbows Sports members Mark Bellman (open and mixed), Val Bezuidenhout (women and mixed) and Deborah Gibson (women and open) worked hard to make the Northern Pride team.
They all undertook rigorous fitness and strength testing for the hotly contested seats.
Paddlers from as far south as Port Macquarie vied for the coveted spots in the Northern Pride squad. They then spent weekends driving to Mylestom for training. An intense two-day weekend of training at Grafton left them aching and exhausted with blisters in some interesting places.
Northern Pride led from the beginning in all their races against the Southern and Western teams. Mark and Deborah now go on to represent NSW at the AusDBF Australian and Asian Championships in Adelaide at Easter.
In the meantime Rainbows are also training to compete at the Wellington (NZ) Regatta in early March.
The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club is having a ‘Come & Try’ at 9am this Sunday February 21 where men and women of all ages, sporting abilities and fitness levels are welcome to try out this fun, exciting sport.