State Champs on home waters.

What a fantastic weekend of racing at the Vic State Championships! Beautiful weather, perfect location and an awesome atmosphere at Gateway Lakes… our home turf. Two days of competition saw us walking away with 5 State Titles, 3 silver and 3 bronze. Results as follows:

🥇 Snr A Women’s 10s 500m- 1st
🥇 Snr B Open 10s 500m – 1st
🥇 Snr A Women 20s 200m- 1st
🥇 Cancer Survivor 200m- 1st
🥇 Snr A Opens 10s 200m- 1st
🥈 Snr B Mixed 10s 500m- 2nd
🥈 Snr B Mixed 10s 200m- 2nd
🥈 Premier Women 10s 500m- 2nd
🥉 Snr A Mixed 20s 200m- 3rd
🥉 Women’s 2km- 3rd
🥉 Premier Women 10s 200m- 3rd

Well done to all of our Brave Hearts who have shown great dedication to their training and fitness program over the season. It has certainly paid off!

We would love to congratulate our Cancer Survivors and supporters on a super effort in taking home the gold in the Survivors and Supporters event. Thankyou so much to our friends from Warriors DBC and Dragon Masters DBC for joining us, and helping us get our team on the water.

We would also like to congratulate all of the Juniors who raced not only with their clubs but also together as Rapids in their U18s State Team crews, in readiness for the upcoming Nationals campaign. They did an amazing job!

Thankyou also to our wonderful volunteers for boat loading, time keeping, safety boat, setting up the course, helping on the starting pontoon, officiating and taking photos. Without you guys events like this wouldn’t be so successful…

We now look forward to Nationals in Penrith in 5 weeks time. Go Brave Hearts!!!

Brave Hearts take on Docklands

Lunar New Year Regatta was held in fantastic weather at Docklands on Sunday. As always there was plenty of colour and vibe surrounding the whole event. Mel and Brenda joined Dragonflys in the Cancer Survivors races and our juniors smashed it out with the Rapids in their brand new race tops…they looked fantastic! Our men also joined the guys from Mt Beauty and Yarrawonga to race as a Regional Open Team taking third place. And our Snr Womens 10s crew took out the gold!!!! Well done on a great day everyone!

200m Races
Results are as follows:

Snr Womens 10’s 1st
Prem Women’s 10’s 2nd
Snr Women’s 20’s 2nd
Open 10’s Regional Team 3rd
Senior A Mixed 20’s 4th
Premier Open 10’s 4th
Premier Mixed 10’s 5th
Senior A Mixed 10’s 8th

Photo Credits: Tony Purtell

Carrum Regatta

Another successful regatta yesterday at Carrum for Brave Hearts! Lots of racing and fantastic team spirit with seven 500m events entered as well as a Rapids 200m event.

Results were:
🥇Regional Snr A Open 500m
🥇Rapids Green Team 200m
🥈Rapids Blue Team 200m
🥈Premier Women’s 10s 500m
🥈Snr A Mixed 10s 500m
🥈Snr A Women’s 20s 500m
🥈Snr A Women’s 10s 500m
4th Premier Mixed 10s 500m (junior team)
4th Premier Mixed 20s 500m

Our Brave Hearts men had a great time racing with the men from Mt Beauty DBC, Warriors DBC and Yarrawonga DBC, forming a regional open crew and taking out the gold! Well done guys 👏👏

We were also so very proud of our 10 Brave Hearts juniors who raced together as a team for the first time this season in the Premier Mixed 10s. They came equal fourth against very tough competition and did an exceptional job. Also a big congratulations to our newest juniors Jaxson, Victor and Levi on their first regatta. As well as racing with our senior crews our juniors also raced with the Melbourne Rapids. They had two 200m heats against each other; Rapids BLUE and Rapids GREEN. GREEN took out the win. Well done Rapids, you guys rock! The Rapids were also presented with 10 new paddles generously donated by Motion Master. Thankyou Motion Master 👏

The Brave Hearts spirit shone through once again as we watched Mel and Brenda join the Peninsula Dragonflies and Gippsland Waratahs in the Cancer Survivors races. Great work ladies❤️

Our drummers were also busy; Maxi, Ella, Eve and Brenda drummed for YRD, Warriors and Pink Lotus. They were hopping in and out of boats all day 😀👏👏

Thankyou to our volunteers; Gavin, Murray and Garry who loaded boats all day. Well done guys. Also thanks to Shahne who was on volunteering standby…

Thanks again to Tony for taking our photos.

Great team work Brave Hearts! Congratulations to all of you on a fantastic day!


Nagambie Regatta

A big day of 500m racing at Nagambie last weekend! Here is a selection of Tony Purtell’s amazing photos, capturing the action beautifully, especially of our new level 2 sweeps who all did a fantastic job!

We finished the day with:
Gold in the Open 10’s – teaming up with the boys from Mt Beauty DBC.
Silver in the Women’s Senior A 20s,
Bronze in the Senior A Mixed 10s,
Bronze in the Premier Women’s 10s,
Gold for Pam and Brenda in the Cancer Survivors Race with the Peninsula Dragonflies.

Thanks everyone for a great day!

Footscray Regatta

Loading the boat for our Mixed 20s race

There is nothing better than hanging out with this team of amazing people, all there for the same reason – people who love to paddle! Our first regatta for the 2019/2020 season was a day of beautiful sunshine, fun, competition and great team work!

Our mixed 10s and mixed 20s crew made the finals – silver in both!
The 20s open was aggregate over 2 races, and we came 2nd in both, another sliver!
And in the women’s 10s we came 3rd in the finals.

3 Silver
1 Bronze

…and a gold for Mumma Mel who raced with the @Peninsula Dragonflys Dragon Boat Club in the Cancer Survivors race.

Well done Brave Hearts!

Now is a great time to come and give dragon boating a go! A great sport for the whole family…We train every Monday and Wednesday nights @ 5:45pm and every Saturday morning at 8:30am. Junior training also starts on Saturday 28th September. Age 10+. Join us for super fun sport – give it a go!

Thanks for the great photos Tony!

Annual Awards Dinner

We had a fabulous evening at the Hovell Tree Inn last night for our combined Brave Hearts on the Murray Inc, Silver Heart Award and the Brave Hearts Dragon Boat Club’s Award Presentation Night! A huge Congratulations to the following members on their fantastic achievements for the 2018/2019 Season:

Volunteer of the Year – Tony and Michell Purtell
Rookie of the Year – Riley Purtell
Rising Star Award – Ian Moreland
Premier Paddler of the Year – Narelle Jones
Senior Paddler of the Year – Linda Knight
Fitness Coach’s Award – Carolyn O’Connell
Club Captain’s Award – Maxine Reid
Coordinator’s Award of Excellence- Julie Bowater
Club Member of the year (sponsored by JPX2) – Julie Walker
Silver Heart Award – Julie Bowater


Thankyou to the following volunteers who were acknowledged with a certificate of appreciation for their tireless efforts throughout the year: Meta Hansen, Leonie Brown, Terry Deans, Kevin and Chris Gabriel, Claire Boyd, Sue Vandeven, Michelle and Tony Purtell and Frank Laverty.

Nine Juniors who competed in the U18s Victorian State Team team at the Aus Champs were each presented with a High Achievers Trophy: Charlotte, Ella V, Matt, Ella J, Riley, Georgia, Tahlia, Jim and Eve.

Charlotte and Ella also presented Jeremy with a small gift of their appreciation for all of the hard work and support he showed the juniors during the season.

BHMINC also acknowledged Riley and Georgia Purtell for their help all year with Leisure Cruise every Sunday.

Rowan Drummond received the “Iron Man” award for the first member of BH’s to ever break a paddle at training during a start phase.

And a big thankyou to Luigi for entertaining us all with his insights into dragon boating for a first time paddler.

In closing the evening’s formalities Diane thanked our Head Coach Mike on behalf of the BH members for his continued leadership, encouragement and support.

Thank you to the Hovell Tree Inn for their fantastic hospitality, service and kind donation of two lucky seat prizes of two vouchers valued at $150 each.
Also a very big thank you to JPX2, for generously sponsoring the Club Member of the Year trophy.

A great night to finish off a fantastic season!

Australian Championships Canberra 2019

What a fantastic week we’ve had!!!!! We are so proud of our team.

We also have to congratulate our wonderful juniors who joined other juniors from clubs all over the country, to come together and race with the Aus Joeys. The Joeys brought home several medals including:

Gold in the Mixed 10s 2k,
Gold Mixed 10s 500m,
Bronze women’s 20s 500m,
Silver for the Women’s 20s 2k.
Bronze Mixed 10s 200m,
Bronze Open 10s 2k,







Final results for Brave Hearts at the Aus Champs are:

5th in
Snr C mixed 500
Snr B mixed 2km
Snr C mixed 200
Snr B mixed 200
Snr A women 2k
Prem women 500

6th in
Snr A mixed 500
Snr B open 500
Snr B open 2km
Prem women 2k

8th in
SnrA women 500
SnrA women 200
Prem mixed 500
Prem women 200

10th in
SnrC women 500
Prem mixed 200

13th in
SnrC women 200


17 members of Brave Hearts were also involved in the Regional Victorian team.  We were very excited to have this opportunity to represent our state.  This team had a very successful campaign coming away with Gold in the Mixed 500m 20s and Gold in the Womens 500m 10s boats and Silver in the Open 500m 10s.







To our amazing volunteers, Sue, Leonie, Meta, Chris and Kevin, you are the people who enable these events to happen, even under some very trying circumstances. We love to see your smiling faces as we go through marshalling, loading boats or wandering around the venue. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Here are some more of Tony’s photos from Sunday – Premier 500m Mixed and Womens and Aus Joeys.

Photo Credit: Tony Purtell

Victorian State Championships

We had a huge couple of days at the Victorian State Champs at Nagambie this weekend … 13 placings from 14 categories! Awesome result! A big shout out to our Prems also for placing two thirds and one second in the premier division against some amazing competition. Very exciting!!!!


Women’s sweeps race – 3rd
Senior B open 10s 500m – 2nd
Senior B women’s 20s 500m – 2nd
Premier women’s 10s 500m – 3rd
Senior A mixed 20s 500m – 2nd
Premier women’s 10s 200m – 2nd
Senior B open 10s 200m – 2nd
Senior A women’s 20s 200m – 2nd
Senior B women’s 20s 200m – 2nd
Senior B women’s 10s 200m – 1st
Premier mixed 10s 200m – 3rd
Senior A mixed 10s 200m – 1st
Senior B mixed 10s 200m – 1st










Well done to all Brave Hearts, both paddling and volunteering! Congratulations team on a great weekend!


Brave Hearts take on Docklands

Chinese New Year – Docklands. The year of the pig

Brave Hearts hit the big city on Sunday 17th February competing at the CNY Regatta in Docklands. With a good turnout of teams and some hard and fast 200m racing, we had a great day.

It was also a treat to watch and enjoy the lion dance at lunch, as part of the celebration of the CNY Festival. Well done CYSM. Congrats to all of our members, paddling and volunteering… results were as follows:

1st – Senior A Open 10s
1st – Senior A Womens 20s
2nd – Senior A Womens 10s
2nd – Senior A Mixed 20s
3rd – Premier Womens 20s

We now set our sights on the Vic Champs at Nagambie in March…only 4 weeks away! Stay tuned

Brave Hearts head to Canberra

Congratulations to our team of Brave Hearts who competed in Canberra today. Great experience as we prepare for the Aus Champs at Easter. Thank you Canberra…we will be back soon…

Results for Canberra
6th out of 8 – women’s crew
4th out of 7 – open crew
3rd out of 7 – mixed crew