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Byron Shire
April 11, 2021

Ballina Dragons invite public to have a go

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The club says dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia, owing its popularity to being fast-paced, fun and team-based. It’s also great for fitness and general well-being, with a strong social aspect.

The sport’s origins can be traced back 2500 years ago to ancient China, where races played an important role during religious ceremonies and festivals.

Fun and inclusive

Dragon boat racing is a very inclusive sport, with crews including people from all ages, genders, and abilities. With up to twenty paddlers in a boat, everybody can have a go. It doesn’t matter how fit or experienced you are.

Champion dragon boat racers show off their medals. Photo supplied.

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club trains three times a week, but not everybody comes to every session.

The club has an impressive history of success in the Northern Rivers, with paddlers from the club also representing the region and the state, competing up to national level and at the Pan-Pacific games.

The club says their come and try day is a great way to meet the members and have a paddle. Their dragon boat will be at the pontoon at Fawcett Park Ballina (in front of the Wharf Bistro) at 8am on 6 March.

For more information about the come and try day, see http://www.ballinadragons.net/.

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