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.
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 www.forzadbc.org.au