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 increased my fitness levels. It has motivated me to improve my paddling in the various regattas held throughout the season and also work alongside so many supportive club members and our coach. You also get to meet different people through our social events, fundraisers and open days!
My last training session involved making improvements to my paddling technique. I feel great when I’ve learnt something new that could help me become a better paddler.
Regattas are exciting events where all the hard work you put in training is executed in a few races. You feel proud after you finish a race together with your team members – it’s also fun to get into the team spirit cheering on your club in other races too.
I’ve had the opportunity to travel to various places with my club for regattas and got to know them quite well. My biggest highlight would be coming second with the Premier Womens team in the 2014 State Championships final.
Dragon boating is a big team sport – you all work together to achieve the same goal. I’ve also had the opportunity to be the drummer at various regattas. You get the responsibility to keep all the paddlers in time, plus you have the best views from your seat in the boat! Drumming fast-paced races are always exhilarating and fun.