ONE woman's dream to represent the Clarence Valley at the National Dragon Boat Championships this week came to a sudden end thanks to the stupidity of some Grafton youths.
Colleen Wormald and her dragon boat team were rowing under the Grafton Bridge on Thursday evening as part of their training for the national championships in Melbourne this week.
Just after coming out from under the bridge, Mrs Wormald saw what she thought was a fishing sinker fly past her face and hit her on the hand.
The result was a broken knuckle.
One of Mrs Wormald's team mates then saw a group of youths running away from the scene.
"We were coming out the other side and heard this noise like a .22 going off," she said.
"I looked up and saw a graze across my knuckle and then felt the pain."
In Melbourne for the championships this week, an understandably annoyed Mrs Wormald has to be content cheering her team on from the sidelines.
"I am gutted, absolutely gutted," she said.
"I went over to New Zealand with dragon boats last year and it was a fantastic feeling because of the camaraderie that goes with it."
Mrs Wormald took up dragon boat racing after suffering a heart attack six years ago.
"It has improved my heart health beyond belief," she said.