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Some of the twenty Rainbow Dragons with their trophy from recent Currumbin racing. Photo Brooke Harris.

Lennox Head’s Rainbow Dragons have picked up second place in the women’s 20s team race at the recent Currumbin Dragon Boat Regatta, on the Gold Coast.

The regatta saw racing over 500 metres in women’s, mixed and open classes for small (10 people) and standard (20 people) crews.

Head coach Mary David said, ‘The racing against the Gold Coast Clubs is always strong and we can benchmark ourselves against younger teams.’

This year Rainbow Dragon crews achieved consistent firsts and seconds in their heats but the younger teams out-timed Rainbow Dragons for the finals. ‘Competitors complimented the club for maintaining their power for the entire 500 metres,’ said Mary David.

The event was an important hit-out before the national Coast to Coast Dragon Boat Festival on the Sunshine Coast (7-9 May), just three weeks away. This will be the first dragon boat national event after 2020 cancellations due to COVID.

42 Rainbow Dragon crew members have signed up for the three day festival, which includes racing over four distances, two boat sizes and four classes, including breast cancer survivors.

Lennox Rainbow Dragon coaches say they’re fired-up because they believe the club is fielding their strongest national team ever.

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