Southern Waratahs compete at Canberra

Dragon boaters from the Far South Coast competed at Canberra at the weekend.
Dragon boaters from the Far South Coast competed at Canberra at the weekend.

Dragon boaters from along the Far South Coast and Jindabyne joined together to form women's, mixed and open's teams at a regatta held in Canberra on Saturday, January 16.

Merimbula Water Dragons joined with Moruya's Nature Coast Dragon Boat Club and Jindabyne's Snowy Dragons for the event.

All racing was in 20s boats over 500m with the ladies taking part in nine races, of which several were back to back, requiring a quick scramble from one boat to the next.

The combined Southern Waratahs ladies team did well pulling off a third place in the major final with a time of 2:29:20.

The mixed team also made it into the major final despite only having five men (most teams had 10) and although they didn't place, Merimbula Water Dragons president Gill McCallum said she was really happy with the results following a final time of 2:22:10.

In the open - competing against all male boats and with just five men, the Southern Waratahs managed a second place in the minor final with a time of 2:26:22.

Merimbula Water Dragons will travel again this weekend for the Falls Creek Mile High event.

The team has also recently started its eight week new paddler program for anyone interested in finding out more about the sport. Contact Gill McCallum on 0419 317 642 for more details.

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