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Dragon boats paddle it out

Wodonga’s Gateway Lakes will host the Victorian Dragon Boat Championships this month.

The event will see some of Victoria’s best dragon boat paddlers battle it out for both prestige and bragging rights.

The state championships also prepares the crews for national racing at the annual Australia Dragon Boat Championships, which this year will be held on the Sunshine Coast.

Three race categories will be held during the championships with up to six dragon boats per event, making a total of 120 paddlers on the water at any one time.

First up, there is a 200-metre sprint, which is a fast and furious dash for the line and produces some exciting finishes.

Next there is a 500-metre race, which tests the fitness and stamina of paddlers.

Finally, a two-kilometre race with crews racing twice around the lake to the pounding beat of each boat’s drummer.

Dragon boat racing has cultural origins in ancient China and has evolved into a highly competitive sport right across the globe.

Entry to the Victorian Championships on February 17 and 18 is free, with locals and visitors invited to attend.


Last updated: 07-02-2018

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