Two Australian dragon boat teams are based at Maroochydore before flying to France for the world championships. Adelaide Armstrong, 16, from Canberra ready for training.
Two Australian dragon boat teams are based at Maroochydore before flying to France for the world championships. Adelaide Armstrong, 16, from Canberra ready for training. Warren Lynam

Aussie dragon boat teams warm up for World Champs on Coast

WARM winter weather and top-class facilities made the Coast the best destination for these athletes about to jet off to the World Nations Championships in France.

More than 100 athletes aged 12-24 spent the week at Maroochydore making their final race preparations before they take on teams from countries like Thailand, Canada, Britain, Iran, and Hong Kong next week.

Auroras under 16s divisional coach Mary Weaver said the Sunshine Coast climate offered the best opportunity for the teams to acclimatise before heading into the northern-hemisphere summer.

 

But most importantly, the girls from all over Australia, who have been training individually and with state teams up until now, have been getting to know each other.

"Dragon boating is actually a very dynamic and fast-paced sport, and it's all about the team working together," Ms Weaver said.

"It relies on people working together in the boat to move with common purpose.

"We can be strong, we can be fit, we can know how to move a boat, but it's all about being able to do it together as one whole crew, which is vital.

"So this week has been really important."

And as the training camp wraps up and the crews fly out it's left their coaches felling optimistic.

"Their commitment and their willingness to give towards this event and their sport is exceptional, second to none.

"All their training is now coming together to make outstanding squads."

The Australian U16, U18 and U24 crews will compete in Divonne-les-Bains from 27-30 July.



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