Dragons fire at state titles

Published 12:00pm 7 April 2021

Dragons fire at state titles
Words by Nick Crockford

Redcliffe Red Dragons struck gold, silver and bronze at the 2021 Dragon Boat Queensland State Championships on Lake Kawana, before Easter.

In one of the Red Dragon’s most successful events, all the golds came in the 40+ category, in Mixed and Open races over 200, 500m and 1km.

The three silver medals were from the Open and Mixed Prems - paddlers over 12 with no maximum age limit - over 500m and 1km.

Red Dragons had three bronze medals in the 55+ Mixed 500m and 1km, Open 55+ 200m and one from the Open 40+ 500m.

Dragons fire at state titles
Redcliffe Red Dragons at the state titles. Picture: Actioninfocus.com.au

Paddle problem

In the latter, Dave broke his paddle with the first stroke, but continued with half a paddle helping the boat to third, just 3.58 seconds off a silver medal.

Red Dragon’s 40+ Mixed 500m and 200m teams had perfect records at Kawana, winning their heats and finals.

On day two, all Redcliffe crews that did not medal finished fourth or fifth in their events.

The club started in 2005 with 68 members, a number which has now grown to 102.

Dragons fire at state titles
Still going .... with half a paddle

For all ages

Red Dragons cater for all fitness levels and ages – currently the youngest is 14 and oldest in their 70s.

Redcliffe Pink Snapdragons Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Club is affiliated to the Red Dragons.

Based at Talobilla Park, off Klingner Rd, Kippa-Ring, Red Dragons welcome newcomers at training nights and come-and-try days.

You can also try dragon boat racing through Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Healthy and Active program.

Visit redcliffedragonboatclub.com.au

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