Under-18 team wins 3 bronze medals

DRAGON Boat racing is fierce, fast and furious - and at the Australian Titles in Adelaide on the weekend the Grafton under-18 crew performed above expectations.

Competiting against top-class crews from South Australia, Western Australia, ACT and Queensland the Grafton team picked up three bronze medals in conditions not ideal for racing.

Co-coach and manager Leanne Thompson said the crews gave their all in blustery conditions more conducive to wind surfing.

“To get three bronze medals was terrific. Crews had to put up with wind and rain which made racing difficult,” Thompson said.

Grafton provided 15 members with the remaining crew made up of paddlers throughout NSW.

On day 1 they paddled as the NSW Junior Mixed crew and finished in fifth place which was a commendable effort considering they had little time to gel as a team.

On day 2 in the Club v Club Challenge the team going under the name of the North Coast Torpedos picked up bronze in the 500m event.

Bronze medals on day 3 in the Junior Mixed and the Junior Open 200m sprints capped off a successful weekend.

Thompson said the aim of the Grafton Dragon Boat Club is to undertake camps and workshops in preparation to be even more competitive at next year’s Australian Titles.

"To get three bronze medals was terrific."



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