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 with races being held over 200 metres. Weather conditions were perfect with minimal winds and the temperature reaching a balmy 28 degrees. The DSA marquee proved to be a popular respite between racing where some of us were able to master the fine art of either meditation, seat sitting or eating. Thanks to Liz for transporting the marquee.
DSA was fortunate to have our four Australian representatives back from competing in the world championships and their race fitness proved to help the rest of our crews lift to some very good results. The Premier Mixed crew was led by Alicia, our youngest member drumming us to two 2nd places. Our second heat was nearly 3 seconds faster than our first even after the starter gave the other crews 1-2metres advantage at the start. We missed the final by 0.2 seconds.
Our DSA Premier Women only had 16 paddlers and achieved a credible 4th in both their heats. In the second heat, young gun sweep Sabrina was left with no room at the start as our boat ended up being the meat in the sandwich as the two crews either side kept drifting across to our boat.
The best performances on the day were left till last. Our Premier Opens team was comprised of ten men and ten members of our Premier Women’s crew who backed up from their heats. We achieved 2nd place in the first heat and were pumped for the second heat knowing that we were up against stiffer opposition. We improved our time from the first heat and crossed the line in 3rd place. Unfortunately we missed the final by one place.
I would like to thank everybody for their hard work and most of all for being such great sports. Ninety per cent of us still have a lot more work to do to raise our level of fitness to the standard that our excellent coach George would like us to be to achieve even greater results.