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Rainbow Region and Ballina enjoy dragon boat success

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The Rainbow Region and Ballina Dragon Boat Club put in medal-winning performances when they headed south for the annual Titivators Urunga Regatta on the banks of the beautiful Kalang River earlier this month.

Rainbow Dragons knew that they had put in the hard yards at training and had lifted their game to a new level and it showed.

Both clubs knew they were up against tough competition as 12 clubs from as far south as Newcastle, were all ready  for the optimal conditions.

And no particular club dominated the heats where there was everything from photo finishes to a capsizing.

Rainbow Dragons Men’s team performed strongly throughout the day ending up with a second place in the final while the Rainbows  Women’s team also excelled by getting a third in the final.

This was an excellent result as the team had four fresh-faced new paddlers in the boat.

Ballina good too

The Ballina club also performed strongly winning the Sports Mixed category final.

The Ballina Men’s team won their heat and came third in the final, just 1.26 seconds behind the Rainbow team.

Now it’s back to the lake for more training, as some Rainbow Region members  are about to head off to paddle at the Hong Kong Carnival while others are off to Hawaii to enjoy the fun of that regatta.

The next local regatta on the paddling agenda is the Rainbow’s own regatta being held on August 26–27 at Shaws Bay, Ballina.


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