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Paddling the beast on the Clarence

One of the highlights of the Dragon Boat racing calendar on the far north coast is the Jacaranda Dragon Boat Regatta held on the mighty Clarence River in Grafton during the town’s annual Jacaranda Festival.

Based at Lake Ainsworth, the Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club competed in the Jacaranda Regatta under overcast skies and choppy conditions on the water due to the gusty wind and changing tide.

The mixed, women’s and men’s 10s team 200m sprints displayed excellent teamwork from all crews. Each of the three brought home second-place trophies for the Rainbow Dragons in all the finals with the Men’s 10s narrowly beaten by only 0.22 of a second in a nail-biting finish.

This placing was also the first trophy for the sports women’s team, a fantastic achievement capping off an overall great day for the Rainbow Dragons.

The high placings of Rainbow Region Dragons are the result of the combined effort of each individual, and individual commitment to the team. Many members of our club, who are breast cancer survivors, who enjoying the exercise, fun and the camaraderie and friendship of other women, who have also experienced breast cancer.

This exhilarating and exciting sport is growing fast – the club welcomes new members. For more information phone Juliette Sizer on 0421 550 335.


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