Danebank Dragon Boating Team
Our Dragon Boaters prove what determination can achieve
When dragon boating was introduced as a Danebank sport in 2011, our first team of 24 girls, ranging in ages from Years 7 – 11, started as a team of rookies. They came from different age groups and they had different ability levels. They first raced at the Darling Harbour Chinese New Year celebrations, competing against older teams, and they improved their times with each race.
By the end of the day, they had improved their times enormously and they were surprised to be invited to represent NSW at the national Championships as the NSW B team. They worked harder at training sessions and they adopted a keen will to do their best.
From there, they had a meteoric rise. At the Nationals, they continued to improve their times and they finished the titles defeating the NSW A team. But that wasn’t all. They were then invited to represent Australia at the world titles in Hong Kong.
This team of regular girls represented their state and their country the following year in Hong Kong. They came home elated because they won trophies and medals, including gold, which they earned in a range of races. These girls showed that the possibilities are amazing if you work to achieve your best. They received accolades for their stunning results and their perseverance. They also impressed onlookers with their fine attitudes and support for each other.
Their successes continued the following year and they were honoured to be made the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader Team of the year. In the words of their Captain –
“The thrill was in doing our best and succeeding. We have become great friends and we are proud of each other’s dedication.”