Cooloola Dragon Boat Club competed in the Dragon Boat Queensland State Titles over the weekend.
On Saturday the racing was the 200m small boat competition (which is 10 paddlers per boat) and Cooloola entered a crew in the Senior B Women's (50+) and a Senior C (60+).
There was some very exciting racing over the day and our Senior B Women's paddled in one of the closet races for the day in our second heat, which was for a spot for the semi-finals, it was a photo finish with the 1st place Mt Warning crossing the line with a time of 1:03.59, 1770 Dragons 1:03.74, Cooloola 1:03.75 and Maroochy Sea Serpents 1:03.76.
I think we ran our Grand Final that race as the in the Semi Final we missed a place in the Grand Final by 2:35 seconds. The Senior Women's C team was up against some of the best clubs in the competition in Burleigh, Brisbane River Dragons and Manly, but they did a fantastic job in holding their own in the race.
Sunday's race was the 500m Standard Boat competition (which is 20 paddlers per boat) and we were happy as the whole team were to paddle together to race in the Senior Women' B, were we had only one heat and then the Grand Final.
We came 4th in the heat so drew lane 5 for the Grand Final and again up against some of the bigger clubs in the comp, and it was a very tight race, and didn't know where we had come until it was announce, and to our joy it was Cooloola 3rd by 0.71 seconds ahead of the Pink Dragons, so a Bronze Medal for Cooloola.
All our hard work at training over the last few months had paid off as the team come together so well on the day. This year for the first time the Queensland Dragon Boat State Titles where held on the Kolan River at Bucca (near Bundaberg).
And I am sure after the success of the Weekend there will be more Dragon Boat Regatta's held there.
And now it is time to have some fun on and off the water for a couple of months before the Wide Bay Series between, 1770, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Cooloola Dragon Boat Clubs starts. Dragon Boating is a fantastic sport for all ages and fitness levels, so if you would like to come and give it a go come down and check it out, we train Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning in Snapper Creek Tin Can Bay.
For more details contact Sandra on 0402 352 756.