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Dragon boaters preparing for a tug-of-war. Photo Kay Tydman.

Ross Kendall

The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club has been recognised for ‘great practice’ by Sport NSW, under its ‘Play By The Rules’ program for the way they excelled at adapting to the tough COVID-19 restrictions.

The Lennox Head-based club will be a case study as part of the Play by the Rules Awards initiative that recognises efforts that make community sport safer, fairer and/or more inclusive, while coping with the impact of COVID-19.

The Rainbow Dragons’ committee had identified the importance of maintaining club morale, camaraderie and members’ paddling fitness levels during the pandemic.

They connected members via Zoom morning teas, coaches’ home exercise programs, social media and email, also when restrictions eased they organised small coffee sessions and boot camps.

Positive results

Positive results included negligible membership attrition rates and members very keen to get back on the water as restrictions eased.

For more info visit Rainbow Dragons website.

‘Happy paddlers make for a vibrant community sports club in these crazy times,’ club spokeswoman Monica Wilcox said.

 


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Keep free parking at LBH – HSU and Saffin

The Health Services Union has called on Lismore City Council to reconsider a decision to cancel free all-day street parking at Lismore Base Hospital.

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Access to capital critical for small business

Many businesses and in particular small business, have been really struggling under the weight of COVID-19 and with the rollback of Jobkeeper, things have just gotten tougher.

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Meaningful lockdown more satisfying than busyness

New research shows people who pursue meaningful activities – things they enjoy doing – during lockdown feel more satisfied than those who simply keep themselves busy

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UK variant of COVID-19 linked to hotel cleaner

Queensland Health says that the partner of the quarantine hotel cleaner who tested positive to the UK variant of COVID-19 on 7 January 2021, has also tested positive to COVID-19.

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Former MLC critical of councillors in NYE aftermath

Former Greens MLC Ian Cohen has lashed out at councillors for their lack of preparation for NYE.

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Tweed mayor supports Brisbane lockdown

The Mayor of Tweed Chris Cherry says she supports the swift action of the Queensland Government in introducing a 3-day lockdown of the Greater Brisbane area in response to a COVID-19 case.

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The Greater Brisbane lockdown restrictions

Queensland Health has clarified transit restrictions in place from 6pm last night (Friday, 9 January), limiting incoming and outgoing movements from the Greater Brisbane Area.

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Three day lockdown for Greater Brisbane announced

The Queensland Government has announced that Greater Brisbane will go into lockdown for three days, while contact tracers work to ensure the UK strain of COVID-19 is not circulating in the community.

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PM Morrison on vaccine rollout plan

The Australian Government has again brought forward the proposed rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Queensland Health confirms latest COVID case has UK variant strain

Genome sequencing has confirmed the latest Queensland case of COVID-19 (a cleaner at a Queensland quarantine hotel), has the UK variant.

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