A 30-member team from the Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club is spending Easter week at the Australian Dragon Boat championships at Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, where they are aiming to better last year’s bronze medal win.
The Rainbows have been awarded the honour of carrying the flag for New South Wales at the opening ceremony and will be represented by Club president, Libby Woodbry.
The Rainbows will be paddling in the senior B (50+ years) mixed and women’s events in 500m races on Thursday, and 200m races on Good Friday. On Easter Saturday eight Rainbow Dragons selected for the Far North Coast NSW regional team will also compete in the State versus State championships.
The Australian Championships are a massive event with up to 233 crews competing on Good Friday. Simultaneously a fleet of six boats will be racing while another fleet will be paddling up to the starting pontoon and a third fleet will be loading paddlers. This allows for over 80 races each day and some very fast turnaround times.
The training for Rainbow Dragons has been rigorous with the last few months spent paddling on Ballina waterways as Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head, has been out of action.