Coast’s success paves way to national titles
SUNSHINE Coast Dragon Boat Club president Deb Matthews says her club will carry good form into the National Dragon Boat Championships after claiming 11 wins at the State Dragon Boat Championships at Lake Kawana.
Many from the club performed admirably yesterday, but it was their Premier Mixed 20s team that shone brightest.
The team took out the 500m and 2km on Saturday before winning the 200m yesterday.
Matthews said all age groups stood up at the State Championships, but none more so than Premier Mixed rowers.
"I am very happy with how the club performed but the Premier Mixed guys were exceptional," she said.
"They were convincing winners in all their races and have put themselves in a good position for the Nationals."
The National Dragon Boat Championships will be held at Lake Kawana from April 15-20.
The national's will be the last chance for Sunshine Coast teams to qualify for the 2014 Club Crew World Championships in Italy in September.
Matthews said the club opted not to compete at last year's nationals titles and chose to compete at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Championships instead.
"Not all out crews were able to go to Hong Kong but we still managed to get silver and a bronze," she said.
"That's a pretty good effort considering we were competing against teams from all over the world."
The Sunshine Coast will field a team of around 50 rowers for the national titles.
Matthews said she was confident many of her crews were capable of qualifying for Italy.
"We have some great teams at the club and many of them are good enough to qualify," she said.
Around 1000 rowers from Queensland clubs contested in the 200m, 500m and 2000m events.
Dragon Boating is the fastest growing team water sport in the world, with an estimate of nearly 50 million people participating in the sport annually.