Boat racers see off state rivals
DRAGON BOATS: Three members of the Burnett River Dragons Club have recently unleashed the devil inside to become the best in the nation.
Clyde Hill, Jenny Smith and Hine Hill competed at the Australian Masters Games last month in Tasmania, collecting a swag of medals in dragon boat racing.
Combining with clubs from Mackay, Cairns and Brisbane in the Lakers Devils side, the trio won nine medals, including two gold.
Clyde and Jenny combined in the senior B open 10s crew race to claim gold, with the duo also claiming another five medals between them.
Hine won bronze and silver in her events.
"It was a very enjoyable event,” Clyde said.
"They hosted it well and the camaraderie was great between the clubs.
"The events were hard and fast.”
But Clyde admitted the success of the team was surprising after limited time together before the event.
"Our team didn't paddle together until we were at the event,” he said.
"Our expectation was hopefully a medal of some sort, possibly a bronze was our expectation.
"For us to walk away with four division gold successes was a huge buzz for us.”
Clyde said the club would now continue to train for the upcoming state titles in March every Sunday below the bridge at the Lions Park at 7.30am.
The club welcomes any new member and caters for all fitness levels.