Nowra Waterdragons community regatta on this weekend

Community fun and fitness: Sports teams battle it out in heat 2 of last year's community regatta on the Shoalhaven.
Community fun and fitness: Sports teams battle it out in heat 2 of last year's community regatta on the Shoalhaven.

Nowra Waterdragons and Outrigger Canoe Club is holding its community regatta this Sunday, September 17. The regatta is a chance for community-based teams and competing sports teams to come together and race in 200m races. It is a great opportunity for these community teams to see what dragon boat racing is about. The teams come together from all walks of life with students to soccer teams being involved.

The day will start with the first race at 9am and finish with the presentations at 2.45pm. All teams will compete in at least 3 races, getting to race all other teams in their category, finishing with finals for all teams, either A or B according to times taken throughout the heats.

The races are divided into community teams, junior teams and sports teams; which are teams from various clubs throughout NSW and ACT who regularly compete in regattas throughout the year. These regattas started in August and conclude in March next year.

The heats and finals are contested with vigour by all teams, with many of the community teams showing great skill considering the little training that they get. All teams will be guaranteed a great time socialising with each other and yet still fiercely competitive on the water. The teams are to be mixed with each team having to be made up of 10 women and 10 men; they can be all ages over 12 with some teams being in their twenties while some of the sports teams are over 50. If you want to be in a team call us and we can place you in one or if you have a team join us and Call 0410040507 now.

The day is always a success, mainly due to the teams competing and the many volunteers who give up their day to make sure everyone had a good time. Many of the community teams are usually amazed at the effort needed to race a boat of this size for the distance.

Dragon boat paddling can be a great way to get fit and see the Shoalhaven River for all of its glory. Anyone interested in trying this wonderful sport out can come to training at Paringa Park at 5.15pm Mondays and Wednesdays or 8.15 am on Saturday mornings. You can become a social paddler or you can train and compete in the regattas held through the year. If you want more information, please visit our site on nowrawaterdragons.org.au or call Peter Phillips on 0410040507.

So come on down and see for yourself; the joy of dragon boat racing and the social atmosphere it brings. It is a sport for all ages and body types. For kids looking for a team sport this could be the sport for you. Old footballers looking for that adrenaline rush from days gone by, this is the one for you.

So please consider putting a team up for a great activity and day out, it can be a wonderful bonding experience for corporate groups as well as social groups. Visit our site for the entry forms.