Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club paddlers prepare to compete in Adelaide.
Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club paddlers prepare to compete in Adelaide. Contributed

Dragon boaters collect gold at Aussie championships

COFFS Coast Dragon Boat Club members joined others from across the North Coast to paddle in the Australian championships in Adelaide under the banner of a NSW regional entry.

Coaches asked for a gold medal in every class, and the task was accomplished, with crews winning every event contested.

Paddlers from the Coffs Coast club were included in every race the representative team contested, with some stretched to the limit by getting straight off the water after a 250- or 500-metre sprint to be told “you’re up next”.

This is exhausting and extremely challenging for paddlers, coaches and drummers in conditions that were often difficult.

Strong winds blew across the course, causing havoc and several boats to

capsize.

In the masters, Coffs Coast managed to get into three semi-finals for the best result ever in club history.

Saturday was the pinnacle race day, as this was the Australian Club Championships.

The team had a resounding heat win and then took out gold in six races.

Juniors paddled on Sunday in the under-18 age group and won a bronze medal in the 2km

event.

The paddlers were Tyla Maione, Kaitlyn and Leila Hoffman.

Special mention must go to mother and daughter team Steph and Erin Frost, who each won six gold medals during the course of the championships.



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