Dragon Sports Association

Sydney Dragonboat Club

About DSA

Dragon boating has become one of Australia’s fastest growing sports and is one of the few sports that exercise most of the muscles in the body as well as improving your aerobic and anaerobic fitness. The team dynamics of the sport also creates an environment where our members develop strong bonds and mental toughness together as a team. We greatly encourage you to give it a go!

DSA Club News

Shirleen Ho selected for Auroras squad – Asian Champs 2018

DSA is very proud to announce that Shirleen Ho has been selected for the Australian National Dragon Boat team (Auroras) competing at the 2018 Asian Dragon Boat Championships in Guangdong Province, China this November. Congratulations Shirlz!

DSA – 2017/2018 Club of the Year award

15th Jan 2018 At the NSW State Championships, Dragon Boats NSW announced DSA Dragon Boat Racing Club as the 2017/2018 Club of the Year. DSA has been awarded this honour in recognition for its: - contribution to dragon boat racing throughout the season; - sound results...

DSA End of season Party 2017

Coach’s Awards: Female Paddler of the Year Alison Stone Male Paddler of the Year Christian (Ian) Mababa Female Rookie of the Year Milena (Milly) Jones Male Rookie of the Year Alvin Leung Most Improved Paddler of the Year Simon Barlow Board Vote Award: Volunteer of the...

Dolphin sighting at training

30th August 2015 DSA paddlers experienced an amazing sight today when a small pod of dolphins were seen frolicking in the waters nearby our boat this morning. A rare and very special sight indeed! Why not join us for a paddle one Sunday morning. Who knows what you...

Now accepting donations through the ASF!

The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) has approved DSA to collect tax deductible donations via ASF for the purpose of purchasing new full sized dragon boats and the construction and installation of boat racks. Our new assets will be a great resource for our club and...

2014/15 Season End Party

23rd May 2015 DSA celebrates a great 2014/15 season with a fantastic dinner at Canada Bay Club. Congratulations to the following award winners: COACH'S AWARDS: Male Paddler of the Year - George Dimech Female Paddler of the Year - Jemma Logan Male Rookie of the Year -...

DSA Member Insights

Stephanie’s reflections on being a first time States paddler as AusChamps 2018

For a competitive paddler like me trying out for the NSW State team was not only a logical path but also one of the best things I've done since taking up paddling. I was pushed to my physical limits; made new friends (#paddlefamily); had huge amounts of fun and to top...

Member Insight – Brett Bartholomew (Club Captain 2017-2018)

I started as an older age paddler (48+) in the sport of Dragon Boating and I’m pleased to say it’s been a wonderful experience. I had been a competitive sportsperson my whole life across a range of sports and was still looking to keep up that sporting interest....

Member Insight – Clarina Wang

A colleague introduced me to dragon boating and I’ve paddled for 2.5 years now. I’d never done a water sport before, only a racquet sport and wanted to try something different and new. Since being a member, I’ve really enjoyed the training sessions and how it has...

DSA Race Reports

DBNSW Regatta Series 2018/19 – Race 1

2nd September 2018 By Antoinette Paddling, not only in my first dragon boat regatta of the season but for the first time with my new club DSA. This was an experience that left me smiling and excited throughout the entire day. The DSA crew that I have trained with over...

AusChamps 2018

3rd-8th of March 2018 By Mark P (Pendo) And so, began the great DSA Nationals migration to Queensland where truth in advertising should advise "beautiful one minute, wet and windy the next." Our State paddlers, premiers and master, men and women were bound for glory...

Chinese New Year Regatta 2018

24th February 2018 By Ken What a hectic and festive CNY 2018 Dragon Boat festival with about 60 DSA members in attendance. It started with all of us receiving photos before the crack of dawn of where were to settle for the day, thanks to our scouts for staking a place...

States Championships 2018

14th January 2018 By Sophie A very early and chilly Sunday morning but very happy that the Championships did not occur one week before where Penrith recorded 47 degrees.The team included 48 paddlers ready to fight hard to compete with some strong opposition. We also...

Bei Loon 8km Challenge

25th November 2017 By Corina A few years ago DSA entered a crew for the Bei Loon 8km Challenge race, unfortunately the race was called off when we were a few kilometers in and we never got to finish. Club members have often talked about the conditions on the day "if...

DBNSW Distance Challenge

12th November 2017 By Sally When George sent out the email with all the instructions of what to do and not to do at this 2km race regatta, along a bright early start of 7am, I was regretting my “yes” response. However, I was more fearful of how George might react to a...

DBNSW Regatta Series – Race 1

2nd September 2017 By Tina Penrith regatta was the second time I have been at a competitive racing day with DSA. The weather was cold to start with a fog rolling in on arrival but it cleared to a wonderful sunny day for racing. I was in 2 categories for the race day...

DBNSW 10S WINTER WARMER DOBROYD

21st August 2017 By Snehal Dobroyd was my first experience of competitive racing, and I participated in the prems mixed and open categories. The races were well organized and while all the teams were there to compete, there was a lot of camaraderie as well, so it was...

Hongkong Stanley & International Regatta Race

18th June 2017 By Liz M I had a fantastic time in Hong Kong from drumming in Stanley to my special paddling moments on Victoria Harbour, so many thanks to everyone for your company, support and for the fun and laughter. I enjoyed the carnival and the competition. The...

State Championship Regatta in Penrith

26 February 2017 By Mark Vischschoonmaker After a very early rise I arrived at the Penrith Regatta Centre at 7.15am. This would be my fourth regatta in as many months. We did the usual warm up and listened intently to the 'kick up the butt' pre-race pep talk by our...

DBNSW REGATTA SERIES – RACE 4

15th January 2017 By Milly Jones After waking every hour the night before to make sure I didn't miss one of the 3 alarms (yes 3) that I set for 5.30am, I packed my paddle, my snacks and a belly full of butterflies, and made my way to Penrith for the DBNSW Race 4...

DBNSW REGATTA SERIES – RACE 3

11th December 2016 By Elizabeth Mackintosh Penrith Regatta Centre provided a great venue for the final race for 2016.  Impressive organization with racing underway from 0800. Congratulations to all those who attended Sunday, between racing and relaxing the day...

DBNSW SPRING 10’S CHALLENGE

11th September2016 By Stephanie Dooley I very much enjoyed yesterday. It was a brilliant atmosphere, everyone was in great spirits and it seemed to me that everyone gave their best. I'd like to shout out to everyone who filled in where needed and particularly to our...

2016/2017 DBNSW REGATTA SERIES – RACE 1

14th August 2016 By Kevan Latty It was a beautiful fresh winters day at Penrith regatta centre as we arrived for the first regatta of the season. The buzz was alive in the grandstand as all the teams in all their various colours got their positions established and...

2016 Chinese New Year Regatta

20th February 2016 By Vivian Yue I could hardly believe it! In less than two months training with DSA (Dragon Sports Association) Rhodes, my coach had equipped me with the essential skills and technique for participating in my very first Chinese New Year dragon boat...

2016 NSW State Championships

31st January 2016 By Sue Cairns On Sunday 31st January I was among the DSA members who rose early and headed off to the beautiful Regatta Site at Penrith for the State Championships.  Our club had teams competing in the Premier Mixed, the Women's and the Open events....

DBNSW Race 4 – SIRC, Penrith

13th December 2015 By German Carvajal DSA competed at DBNSW's Race 4 held in the beautiful landscape of Penrith's Regatta Centre on December 13th. Our teams participated in 500 metre races with some very good results in the morning session - second place in race 4 and...

DBNSW Race 3 – Manly Dam

8th November 2015 By Tamara Kirby Coming back to DSA and paddling after a few year off – it’s been a long time between races! The usual race preparation started Saturday night - digging my DSA race top out of the cupboard, putting my paddle in the boot of the car,...

DBNSW Race 2 – Penrith

11th October 2015 By Sharmaine Aguanta From the shore, a dragon boat race looks like a tessellation of rapidly moving arms. The starting gun is fired and there's a moment of solemnity, before you hear pounding drums and each sweep's sharp calls. At the Dragon Boat NSW...

Windsor Regatta

13th September 2015 By Martin McConville Today was the first official regatta of the Dragon Boating Association of New South Wales calendar. Racing was held on the Hawkesbury River at Macquarie Park, Windsor. After a 7:15am arrival all competitors were up for a splash...

Dobroyd Winter Warmer Regatta

2nd August 2015 By Hayley & Olivia Tzakos What a way to kick off our first regatta for the NSW 2015/16 season. We arrived to a brilliant sunrise with hardly any wind and sunshine all day until the last race. With a keen group of paddlers, we fielded teams in the...

Season Training Timings

Tuesdays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Thursdays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Sundays 8:30 am-10:30 am

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