Our Dragon Boating team established just six years ago has won Gold and Silver at the World Championships which have just concluded in Hungary*.
The 22 paddlers and one drummer, already Australian Champions over 200 metres, 500 metres and 2000 metres competed over the same distances in Hungary.
College Principal, Mrs Kate Rayment, said that, given the relatively short period since its establishment, the School’s success in Dragon Boating had been nothing short of astounding. “To beat the world’s best in the 200, 500 and 2000 metres’ events in very tough conditions is testament to the competitiveness and commitment of our girls. The training, teamwork and team spirit have resulted in great performances on the world stage. We are very proud of them.”
Sports Coordinator, Jodie Osborne says the success of the team is a credit to the individuals’ commitment to fitness. “In preparation for the Championships, we trained for at least three hours per week on water and, outside that commitment, each girl committed to an ‘on-land’ fitness regime. Our success testifies to that commitment.
“Each of the three distances over which we competed had its own set of challenges. Over 200** metres, it is pretty much ‘go for broke’ and get to the line first. Five hundred** metre races require pacing and a very strong finish while over 2000** metres, a handicap race, it is about the turns and keeping an eye on, and catching, the boat in front. “A critical element of a successful dragon boating team is genuine teamwork. There can be no passengers or individuals who do not pull their weight as it affects performance very quickly. Clearly, our world championship success is testament to the work rate of the whole team,” Jodie added.
*The Championships were staged at the Olympic Centre of Szeged, Maty Regatta Course and River Tisza, Szeged, Hungary on 17th – 22nd July 2018
** A 200 metre race generally takes about 50 seconds; 500 metres around 2 minutes while 2000 metres about 14 minutes
Principal, Mrs Kate Rayment
Going to the Opening Ceremony
Under 16s 200 World Champions
Under 18s 500m Champions