Over the weekend Brave Hearts Dragon Boat Club marked the launch of a new season of summer sport in Albury Wodonga.
The day kicked off with a BBQ Lunch as members and guests arrived, followed by a welcome from the Club Co-ordinator Narelle Haining.
Local Albury City Council, Cr David Thurley, along with MP Bill Tilley and MP Greg Aplin also talked about Brave Hearts and the impact Dragon Boating has made to the Albury Wodonga region.
Amongst our guests during the launch were members from the Rotary Club of Albury. The Rotary Club of Albury provided a significant grant to assist Brave Hearts in purchasing our two loading pontoons, which have proven to make loading boats for training faster and safer.
Diane Edmondson, Team Manager facilitated the Awakening of the Dragons Ceremony. Four junior Brave Hearts along with two senior members, MP Bill Tilley and MP Greg Aplin took part in waking the dragons and blessing the boats for a safe and successful season.
With the dragons now awake, Brave Hearts members and community spectators had a quick warm-up, before heading out on the water. The competition was fierce but friendly; many of our new guests enjoying the experience of getting a paddle wet for the first time.
100 metre sprints were first up, and although the pink boat may have started out in front more than once, the blue boat came home strong every time. Both boats coming first… At least in their lane.
Then was the time for the much anticipated Tug-of-War. Both teams battled hard, almost knocking their sweeps off the back. The excitement was high, with a fury of splashes and grunting coming from the boats, and cheering from the shore. Both teams seemed to go nowhere, although in the end the pink boat seemed to have stuck its nose out in front, helped by the current for sure.
All in all, everyone had a great day and a bit of fun. Spectators went home and our regular dragon boat training session started at 4pm.
We had another excellent training session, with two boats out on the water practising endurance and tight turns for the Battle on the Barwon. Next weekend will see our Brave hearts crew heading down to Geelong to compete in the social event Battle of the Barwon, a 6 km time race. We wish all those attending the very best in achieving a record time.