|About the Illawarra Dragon Boat Club|
Our club is a community based club formed in 2009. Our aim is to provide dragon boating for all Illawarra residents who would like to particpate in this fun, water-based activity. Our club has grown from Dragons Abreast Illawarra which was a local dragon boat club for breast cancer survivors and supporters.
We now have three dragon boats and train three times per week and regularly compete in competition and social regattas in NSW and across Australia.
What is Dragon Boating?
Dragon boating is one of the world's most popular sports occurring in over 35 countries. It is the fastest growing water sport in Australia for individuals, private and corporate teams.
Dragon boating is a fun and accessible water-sport suitable for all ages (12+) and fitness levels.
Dragon boating caters for both social paddling and competitions at regattas. At regattas, race distances vary with the standard race distance being 500 m. Sprints of 200 m are common at regattas. Longer distance races can range form 2 km to over 55 km.
What is a Dragon Boat?|
Dragon boats are just over 12 m long seating up to 20 paddlers sitting side-by-side on 10 benches as well as a sweep who steers the boat and a drummer who beats a large drum at the bow. Dragon boats are brightly painted and decorated with a dragon head and tail for race events.
What is the history of Dragon Boating?
The main legend concerns the poignant saga of a Chinese court official named Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan is popularly regarded as a minister in one of the Warring State governments, the southern state of Chu (present day Hunan and Hubei provinces), a champion of political loyalty and integrity, and eager to maintain the Chu state's autonomy and hegemony. Formerly, it was believed that the Chu monarch fell under the influence of other corrupt, jealous ministers who slandered Qu Yuan as 'a sting in flesh', and therefore the fooled king banished Qu, his most loyal counsellor...more
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- Senior's Paddle 21/3/2015
- Bei Loon 14/3/2015
- Shellharbour Regatta 7/3/2015
- Chinese New Year 2015 Saturday
- Jindabyne February 2015
- Australia Day stall 2015
- Nowra 10 Jan 2015
- Christmas luncheon at IYC 2014
- Nowra 26/10/2014
- IBCPC 2014 Participatory Dragon Boat Festival Saratoga, USA >
- Dublin Regatta with Anne Sept. 2014
- Shanghai September 2014
- Ryde River festival 14 Sept 2014
- Dobroyd 10 August 2014
- Our 2014 NSW rep
- Senior's week 2014
- 1st March 2014
- 23 February 2014
- Jindabyne 14/15 February 2014
- Darling Harbour 8 February 2014
- 11 January 2014
- 16 November 2013
- 21 September 2013
- 15 September 2013
- Christmas in July 2013
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