By Jill Harrison

Across Australia every summer crews come together to compete in one of the world’s fastest growing sports: the colourful, explosive, high energy, adrenalin fuelled, exciting sport of dragon boating.

The Forza Challenge promises close and exciting racing. Photo by Jennifer Harrison

Dragon boating has spread from ancient China across 55 countries and Bunbury’s Leschenault Inlet is a perfect venue.

The sport has been practised in Bunbury since 1990 and is suitable for nearly everyone.

  • It’s unique because men and women can compete equally in the same boat, regardless of age.
  • Whilst correct technique and timing are important to optimise results, the technique is easy to learn.
  • Prospective paddlers can be from 13 years old upwards and all you need is an average fitness level.
  • Dragon boating allows participants to vary the intensity of their own effort and during training strength can be built-up at the individual’s own rate. As the season progresses benefits include increased fitness, strength and muscle mass.

If you want to be involved in a truly team sport, where everyone is equal, where partners and families can compete together and enjoy a common sporting interest, which combines exercise and fun and has a great social environment, then dragon boating may be what you have been looking for. Businesses can also utilise dragon boating as a unique team building exercise.

Forza Dragon Boat Club invites you to try this exciting sport at a Have A Go Day on Sunday 24 October at 10.30am at the Bunbury Rowing Club or attend their regular training sessions at 5.30pm Tuesdays and Fridays.

For more information please contact A/H Head Coach Merinda Fenn 0414 668 471, Manager Mark Kusin on 0408927646 or visit

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