First western region dragon boat regatta a success for Lachlan team

The Lachlan Dragons on the shores of Lake Canobolas after the western regatta.
The Lachlan Dragons on the shores of Lake Canobolas after the western regatta.

The very first Dragon Boat Regatta to be organised by the local Western Region teams proved to be a great success last weekend.

The weather forecast looked grim with rain expected, but happily the sun shone through the clouds for most of the day – so the paddlers stayed fairly dry apart from the splash of paddles.

The Lachlan Dragons had a wonderful day with a first in one women’s heat and getting into the finals with the mixed team.

There were some very memorable racing moments and much fun and camaraderie throughout the day.

Coaches Carmen Stephens and Warren Edwards were very happy with the results.

“I’m super proud of all of you,” stated head coach, Carmen, “you’ve raced brilliantly and really concentrated on the techniques we’ve been practising.”

The team welcomed their latest Regatta rookie, Margaret Lambert, to her first taste of racing.

“I’ve had a great day!” declared Marg, “I’ve enjoyed it immensely and I’m looking forward to the next regatta.”

The Lachlan Dragons were very proud of her as well as of Deb Abela, the Regatta co-ordinator, and their four volunteers who helped the day to run smoothly: Bev Pengilly, Rosemary Facey, Doug Churchill and Vicki Mathew.

The club also extended a massive thank you to Bill and Beth Thomas, representatives on the Western Region committee who organised the event.

The Lachlan Dragons will continue their training regime under their popular and talented coaches in readiness for the Wagga Wagga Regatta late this month.

The club is very welcoming of new members who are looking for fun, fitness and friendship.

Find us on Facebook under Forbes Dragon Boat Club or call Bill Thomas, club president, on 0418616500 for information.

You can also check out the website

We paddle in Forbes on Thursday evenings at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am. 

Meet behind the Forbes Sports and Recreation Club by Lake Forbes.

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Dragon boating is a unisex sport - you can paddle with your partner, or come along by yourself and meet some new, friendly faces.

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