Angela Smith of Byron Bay and Carmen Watson of Lennox Head have received Dragon Boat New South Wales 2021 Recognition Awards for their achievements and contributions to their dragon boat community.
Angela is 80 and was deemed the Senior Athlete of the Year 2021. The award recognised Angela’s paddling locally and overseas, at events in Florence, Vogalonga and Florida, as well as the Masters Games, Sydney’s Chinese New Year, Dragons Abreast and regional regattas.
Angela has also been the Rainbow Region’s Dragons Boat Club’s welfare officer since 2015.
Carmen was awarded Administrator of the Year 2021 for her work as an active committee member; as well as using her business acumen and event skills to ensure local regattas were successful. She also trebled the club’s sponsors.
‘Both Angela and Carmen are quiet achievers who paddle, are active in dragon boat club life, and build camaraderie within the club and the wider community. We’re immensely proud of them,’ Jan Wright, Club President said.