Australian Championships 2018

On the 3rd-8th March a large group of Brave Hearts paddlers traveled to sunny Queensland to compete at the Aus Champs 2018 at Kawana Waters.
it was such an amazing week racing against the best in Australia.
Below is a day by day account of our time in Queensland and our success on the water.

Day 1: State vs State.
We had a fantastic day of State racing today, and even though it was hot, all of the paddlers powered through to medals. Results: The junior crew was awesome, showing incredible strength and teamwork to take away 3 bronze medals at the end of the day, in the mixed, open and women’s categories. The Regional team earned four bronze in the mixed standard, womens, open and relay categories. Senior C crews also wore bronze bling after a successful day, in women’s, mixed, open and relay. Congratulations to all of the paddlers involved today…we look forward to the Premier crew and Aus Joeys racing tomorrow.
Day 2- Premier 500mtrs 10s events.
Wow what another incredible day of racing. We started the day with our Mixed 10s crew who came third in their heat and advanced straight to the semi final where we placed third making us the 9th fastest Mixed crew in Aus.
Next came our Women’s 10s crew; our heat put us 4th. We progressed through to the repicharge and found the strength and power needed to bring home a win with an incredible race, which was won by a boats length. Advancing through to the semi-final in which we took out fourth place ranking the team 8th fastest in Aus.
The Open 10s crew raced a fantastic heat which saw them come 5th taking them into the repicharge where they placed 3rd. Unfortunately this was as far as they could progress.
Our five juniors raced amazingly with the Joeys and I’m proud to say brought home some medals. One Gold, One Silver and One Bronze.


Day 3- Premiers 200m 10s, Joeys 200m 10s and standard, and 2km Premier women’s turn race.
Another exceptional days racing today in very wet and windy conditions. Premiers raced 200mtrs with our mixed 10s team coming 9th overall and our women’s 10s team achieving 7th overall at National level. Very fast and powerful races for both crews. Our Joeys brought home more medals today with another gold, silver and bronze to add to their collection.
Our 2km turn races were held at the end of the day but the weather wasn’t kind. Huge rain and wind made it difficult for the women’s crew but they paddled hard to finish 10th overall. So very proud to say our premiers crew resulted with 5x top ten finishes.
Tomorrow will see the Sen A, B and C crews hit the water so stay tuned…
Day 4. Senior A, Senior B and Senior C results.
It was a great start to the morning’s racing with the Senior B 500m Mixed crew going straight through to the Grand Final in awesome style. The competition was tough but they powered away earning their place to become the 5th fastest crew in Australia!
Our Senior A crew did a phenomenal job in their 500m Mixed Heat, coming second to send them through to the semi final. After giving everything they had our Senior A’s are now 8th fastest in the the country. Very exciting!
Our Senior C Women’s 500m crew powered through their heat making a very strong 3rd. Unfortunately the weather then took a turn for the worse and the organisers made the tough decision to cancel the rest of the days racing.
Overall it was a successful day and we are looking forward to our last day of racing 200m tomorrow, to wrap up our Nationals campaign.
Day 5- Senior A, B and C 200m 10s races and Mixed Senior B and Senior C 1kms sweeps races.
We won two bronze!!!!!!! Senior B Mixed 10s 200m and Senior B mixed 1km sweeps race. Never before in the history of the club have we won two medals at a national campaign. These medals not only belong to the ones who have them hanging around their neck but also to those that have raced in other events, volunteered and supported our team all season. We are so excited to be bringing these bronze medals home to our lake.
Senior A mixed crews powered through their races qualifying for their semis and resulting in 8th overall. Senior A open crew which was made up with five women had an amazing day pushing through the odds and racing against teams of 10 men. They gave it their all and made it through to the semi finals holding the position of 16th out of 22 entries.
This is the first time that Brave Hearts has ever had a full team of Senior C women. They raced in the 200m 10s boat and the 1km sweeps race. Powering home through their heat and repercharge they placed in the top ten in both events.
We’ve finished off our nationals campaign with a top ten placing in all but one event. We fly home tomorrow tired but proud of our accomplishments.
Look out for what next season brings…….
GO BRAVE HEARTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Winning Gold on Home Waters

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.

Club Turnout at Gateway Lakes

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.

Back to Back Racing

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”.

10s 200m Events

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.

20s 500m Events

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.

A Special Tribute

Paul Joseph, 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.

Brave Hearts Dragon Boat Club Regatta Committee Need You

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 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!!!

Vic Regional Team Success for Paddlers

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.