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After five years it was a sweet victory for NSW team when they won the 2019 State of Origin race at the Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club’s weekend regatta held at Shaws Bay, Ballina.

Paddlers entered a draw for a seat in one of the two boats per state so it was brand-new crews racing together for the first time and paddlers from NSW clubs were able to hold the trophy high.

General racing was contested by 14 dragon boat and six community teams over the two days. 

Jetts Dragons, Kyogle Hillbillies, Bravehearts, Bucket-eers, Ragnar’s Rowers, and Black Cats raced in the Ultimate Community Team Challenge. 

The winning team, Kyogle Hillbillies, received a $250 prize (sponsored by Just for Pets) for their charity of choice as well as taking out regatta glory with the fastest time of the day. 


1km Turn Race: Ballina, Rainbow Region, KIN/Mt Warning.

Round Robin 100m: Ballina, Camden Haven, KIN/Mt Warning

Women’s 20s 200m: Bucca Rats, KIN/Mt Warning, Ballina.

Men’s 10s 200m: Gold Coast, Ballina, KIN/Mt Warning.

Mixed 20s 200m: Redcliffe Reds, Ballina, Gold Coast.

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