Nagambie Regatta 9th September 2018
Our first Regatta for the season at Nagambie was an amazing start for Brave Hearts, coming home with two silver medals and one gold! A fantastic effort by all.
The off season training our paddlers undertook certainly paid off, as we fought hard against formidable competition to achieve such great results. We also had five new paddlers competing, including three new juniors, who all paddled brilliantly and had a great day. Suffice to say they are completely hooked!
The day started with a 1000m 20s horseshoe sweeps race; a timed event, lots of fun and a great way to warm up! Then came the 200m races.
Racing in Premiers Women’s 10s, Mixed 10s and Open 10s categories, our Prems did a stellar job against the likes of YRD, Flames and CYSM, earning themselves a spot in a minor final. Our five juniors also got the chance to race with the Melbourne Rapids in two Premier heats and were extremely competitive. Well done everyone.
Our Masters 10s crews were also tested against extremely stiff competition in our Women’s 10s, Mixed 10s and Open 10s races, and we were very excited to earn ourselves a spot in all three finals. Everyone put in an amazing effort and we came through with a silver place in the Mixed 10s and a very close silver in the Women’s 10s, only to miss out on the gold by .3 of a second. Outstanding!
The highlight of the day was watching our amazing crew of Women’s 20s power down the course to earn themselves a spot in the final with a time of 1.03.37. The Final saw them jumping out of the starting blocks, nose in front and in perfect time all the way to cross the finish line with a time of 1.03.32. GOLD, GOLD, GOLD! What a fantastic way to top off the day.
Congratulations to all of our Brave Hearts! Be very proud! Thankyou also to our wonderful volunteers for coming along and supporting us on the day.
We now look forward to the next Regatta, on our lake at Albury/Wodonga on the 14th of October.
Congratulations to all of our Brave Hearts who won awards at the DBV (Dragon Boats Victoria) Annual Awards Night on Sat 2nd June.
Members of our wonderful Club were finalists in all categories;
• Coach of the Year
• Male Paddler of the Year
• Female Paddler of the Year
• Sweep of the Year
• Junior Paddler of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year
• New Initiative of the Year
Of the seven awards the Club was honoured with the following
• Brendan Maher, Regional Male Paddler of the Year
• Nerida Millward, Regional Female Paddler of the Year
• Mike Beazley, New Initiative, Junior Development
• Terry Deans, Volunteer of the Year
Unfortunately Mike and Nerida couldn’t make it on the night to accept their awards so Julie and Pam kindly volunteered to stand in for the photo.
Well done everyone! We are so proud of you and are very excited for what’s to come in the 2018/2019 season.
Congratulations to all of our recipients of awards at our Inaugural Awards Night at the Wodonga Golf Club last night.
Most Improved Paddler – Berna Cudars
Rookie of the Year – Berna Cudars
Coaches Award – Narelle Steinke
Member of the Year 2018 – Diane Edmondson
A very big thank you to our sponsors of these awards:
Brandt Johnson, Collective Communications -Coaches Award
Gavin James, Aussie Web Co. – Junior Acknowledgements
Anaconda Stores- Junior Acknowledgements
JPX2 – Member of Year Award
Congratulations also to our five Juniors – Charlotte, Ella, Matt, Tara and Jim who all received certificates, trophies and a voucher/beanie donated by Anaconda, for their fantastic participation over the racing season.
Also a HUGE thank you to our wonderful volunteers who have generously donated their time to help at various Regattas over the season in many different ways. We appreciate your continued support so much.
Lastly we would like to thank Wodonga Mayor Anna Speedie for joining us on the night and to everyone involved in organising the evening, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We all look forward to next season.
Last weekend saw Brave Hearts compete in our very own regatta on home waters at Gateway Lakes. Our crews managed to dominate placings throughout the day, securing First, Second and Third in eight of the nine categories Brave Hearts entered.
Seven Dragon Boat Victoria clubs, and two Dragon Boat NSW clubs traveled to Gateway Lakes to take place in our 24-race program. Brave Hearts represented in strong numbers both on and off the water.
The weather for the day remained perfect for dragon boating throughout the morning, with a slight rainshower cooling things of for the 500m racing in the afternoon.
Brave Hearts committed to a full day of racing, with many paddlers feeling the burn jumping from boat to boat, race after race.
Training paid off for us, with our teams keeping a competitive edge throughout the day. Our crews succeeded in keeping as much lead as they could, whilst also chasing down and closing the gap for some very close “photo finishes”.
Our Masters Mixed crew took to the starting blocks in race 1 of the day for a 200m dash for the line in just 55.8 seconds. With new sweep Julie on the back of the boat for her second regatta event, the mixed crew kept their cool into the finals where they completed in the same time for an almost three second lead over the finish line in first place.
For a first time in a long time, Brave Hearts had also entered two teams into the Masters Womens 10s category. The “Black” crew was able to secure a first place in their heat, taking them straight to the finals to take home second place for the category.
Brave Hearts also raced well in the premiers categories, with our juniors accompanied by some of the experienced masters managing to take collect two seconds and a third in the 10s 200m categories.
In true Brave Hearts fashion our paddlers continued to paddle their best into the afternoon, even though the weather got worse and the course got longer.
Swept by experienced sweep Angelika and new sweep Gavin, also in his second regatta, Brave Hearts shined as they focused and prepared to race from the 500m mark.
Brave Hearts placed third in both the Premier Mixed and Masters Mixed categories, racing close to the 2:20 mark in both events.
Paul Shannon, from the Dragon Masters club honoured his personal heroes who assisted in saving his life at the 2016 Albury Wodonga Regatta.
We all love the idea of having heroes; Spider-Man, Frodo Baggins, Indiana Jones; the list goes on and on.
But my heroes are very real, and yesterday, they were honoured in Wodonga as a way of saying thanks for saving my life when I went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest in a dragon boat race on 27 February, 2016.
My heroes are:
Brigid Roberts – the first responder who administered CPR in the boat.
Vicki Shannon – Master of the boat – She kept her cool and ensured that the correct side of the boat was up, despite my efforts otherwise.
Mira Kapur, Narelle Steinke and Linda Plas who ably administered CPR on the shore.
Brigid Roberts (second mention) who got my heart beating by applying AED pads and delivering life-saving shocks.
Cathy Urie – who assisted after I started breathing by intubation.
David Abel – who administered oxygen after I started breathing.
My sincere thanks go to these seven heroes for their actions on the day and for their continued care and support.
Each hero was presented with a certificate of heroism and a hero’s pin from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association.
It is time to start thinking about the organisation of our 10th Annual Dragon Boat Regatta. The proposed date for the DBV Sporting Day is Sunday 8 October 2017 and Brave Hearts 10th Annual Community Regatta will be on Sunday
19 November 2017.
The first regatta meeting will be on Monday 26 June 2017 at 7pm at the Mitta Mitta Canoe Club at Noreuil Park. We would like as many Brave Hearts as possible to come along and be part of this organising committee.
It will be structured much the same as last year with small groups looking after each section eg; On land, On water, Vendors, Safety & Security, Volunteers, Community Teams, Promotion & Ceremonies, Merchandise & Raffle etc. Think about what area you would like to be involved. The more members we have on this committee the easier the organisation will be.
If you can’t come to this meeting but would like to be part of this organising committee just email Sandy or Julie at
firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you would be interested in doing to help.
Last season was a huge learning experience for us as coordinators so hopefully this year will run smoothly with no flooding or bones!!!
With the conclusion of the 2017 Australian Dragon Boat Championships hosted on our own waters at Gateway Lakes it is our delight to advise that Brave Hearts paddlers in the VRT events managed to take home 2 silver and a gold medal.