Bundaberg’s dragon boat racing club hopes to be well-represented in the upcoming national championships. Pictured are: Heath Greville, Shirley Duval, Jodie Hayward, Heather Houston, Warren Holloway, Sharon Wilson, Carla Banks, Trish Johnson, Kathy McClosky, Jen Payne and Sharyn Smith.
Bundaberg’s dragon boat racing club hopes to be well-represented in the upcoming national championships. Pictured are: Heath Greville, Shirley Duval, Jodie Hayward, Heather Houston, Warren Holloway, Sharon Wilson, Carla Banks, Trish Johnson, Kathy McClosky, Jen Payne and Sharyn Smith. Contributed

Racers in dash for national champs

BUNDABERG Dragon Boat Club members are carving a frenzied path up the Burnett River as the Australian Championships approach.

Eleven club members are trialling for the first Central Queensland regional team to compete in the prestigious national competition.

The Central Queensland hopefuls will complete the final round of selections at the Bundaberg Sailing Club this morning after trialling at events in Cooloola and 1770.

Bundaberg Dragon Boat Club vice-president Sheryl English said those vying for a position on the team had been submitted to a gruelling series of physical challenges by selectors.

"They've been made to really prove their fitness out there," she said.

"It's been a lot of hard work but they really want to represent their region and wear that maroon jersey."

The national championships will be held in Melbourne in April.

Those competing will have the chance to be selected in the Australian team to contest the World Championships in Hong Kong in July.



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