Bundaberg Dragons breathe fire
A BUNDABERG Dragon Boat Club team is keen to do well in at the Queensland championships at Kawana Waters this weekend.
But after they were unable to train on the Burnett River for two months in the aftermath of the floods, they will compete in a new format, 200m sprints, involving crews of 10.
Team member Sheryl English said club spirits were very high after they finished second to Hervey Bay in the Greater Wide Bay Regional Regatta Series final late last year, ahead of Town of 1770 and Cooloola.
“Everyone was very excited about competing at our first state championship, but because we were unable to train for so long, we decided to pull out, but Queensland Dragon Boat Federation talked us into competing in the sprints,” English said.
“Sprints boats are a shorter version of what we normally race in, which has 20 paddlers, a drummer and a sweep, but the biggest difficulty is we don't even have a 10s boat, unlike big ones like the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Mooloolaba clubs.
“The Queensland federation will provide the boat, and we will compete in the Masters division for over 40s, and we are still going to give it our very best shot.
“We will only be three years old in June. Two years ago we didn't qualify for the state titles and last year we concentrated on regional regattas, so it's pretty exciting to be competing at state.
“We will have a team of up to 15 and we will certainly look the part in our new dress shirts in club colours of purple and white, which have been sponsored by the Lighthouse Hotel Burnett Heads.”