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


Setting our sites high in Falls Creek…

After a month of extremely hot weather it was quite a shock to encounter freezing cold conditions, fog and rain when we competed up at beautiful Falls Creek on the 26th of January. The change in temperature however didn’t deter our team and we had a fantastic day of racing bringing home 6 trophies: 5 firsts, and 1 third. Results were:

First – Premier Women’s 10s (Gold)
First – Senior A Mixed 10s
First – Senior A Women’s 10s (Purple)
First – Senior A Open 10s
First – Survivors and Supporters race
Third – Senior A Women’s 10s (Gold)


The day started off with an 800m tri-point sweeps challenge. This was a first for DBV, and not having done it before we all thought it was a lot of fun. The challenge came however when the fog rolled in and the buoys became hard to spot, making it a little difficult to see the course.

We were extremely excited to have a full 10s crew of Brave Hearts juniors on the water for the first time with Mike at the helm. Not having any other junior crews to race against we were lucky to have the chance for them to race against the Senior A womens crews. Our juniors did such a fantastic job! They were so competitive and their times were amazing! We look forward watching the junior division in Victoria grow over the next few seasons to give our kids a chance to shine against their own. Exciting times ahead!


Well done also to our ladies who competed against 6 other teams in the Survivors & Supporters race taking home the gold. This was a very special moment for Brave Hearts, as we continue to support those touched by a cancer diagnosis.

Our men’s, mixed and women’s crews were also outstanding on the water and we are so proud of everyone who gave it their all to have such a successful day. But we cannot forget our Premier women’s team who fought so hard in all races to bring home a well deserved gold…that made a couple of the junior girls extremely happy:)



Carrum Regatta 2018

It was a huge day yesterday at the Carrum Regatta, lots of teams, lots of racing and….we brought home some bling! Two firsts and two thirds!

Results are as follows:

First – Sen A Mixed 10s 200m
First – Sen A Womens 20s 500m
Third – Sen A Womens 10s 200m
Third – Sen A Open 10s 200m

With 45 races scheduled for the day we started out with the 2km Mixed Sweeps Race. Premiers and Senior A categories saw us with plenty of racing and filling most categories which was fantastic! Everyone did an outstanding job and it was great to see so many juniors competing. Lots of fun! Thanks also to our volunteers for helping out.

Well done Brave Hearts on a great day!

Winning Gold on home waters!

Albury Regatta Success!

Another fantastic day for Brave Hearts on Sunday at the Albury Regatta, coming away with 7 trophies and some amazing “firsts” for paddlers, drummers, sweeps and teams.

Race day saw 56 Brave Hearts paddlers together with volunteers and officials, eager to race and support our club. We were so proud to watch our 15 Brave Hearts Juniors race in two boats, along with 7 other Rapids Juniors, in the first Junior Category Dragon Boats Victoria has ever had. All of the kids did an outstanding job and had so much fun!

Another highlight for the day was watching our full Open Men’s Crew battle it out to take the gold in the 200m final. For some of these men it was their first regatta, and this was the first full Open crew Brave Hearts have had for some time.


We were also so proud to see our very own fitness coach Narelle take on her first race day as a sweep and she did a fantastic job!

Overall we came home with 7 trophies:

Masters Mixed 20s 500m – third
Premiers Mixed 20s 500m – second
Womens 20s 2000m Sweeps Race – first
Masters Open 10s 200m – first
Junior Open 10s 200m (Rapids Blue) – first
Masters Womens 10s 200m – second
Open 20s 2000m Sweeps Race – third



Well done to all of our new paddlers, both junior and senior, on their first regatta and thankyou to every single Brave Heart for the enormous support you showed our team from the beach. That’s what makes this team so special! We now look forward to our Community Regatta on the 11th of November.