Dragon boat club members head south

DRAGON BOATS: Grafton Dragon Boat Clubs' youngest member, Tyler Hogden stepped up a gear to represent the club when she was selected to paddle with the NSW junior Zodiacs at Chinese New Year at Darling Harbour in Sydney on Saturday.

The Zodiacs is the NSW representative team with competitors aged from 12 to 18 years of age.

Tyler has paddled as part of the Zodiacs before, but not at this level of competition.

The team performed exceptionally well considering they did not get a chance to train together before the event.

The team finished with a second and a third placing in the heats, which gained them a place in the final.

Six boats lined up for the final, with Tyler's team finishing fourth in one of the closest races of the day.

Also on Saturday Cheryl Patrick, Francine Nash, Tracey Starr and Sharon Williams lined up with nine other dragon boats for an event of a different kind as they took part in the 40km Four Bridges Marathon on the Derwent River in Hobart.

The event was split into two stages with the first leg being 20km, after which the crews had a short refreshment break and then back into the boats for the final leg. The combined Grafton / Newcastle team paddled well during the 40km paddle, with the final 2km under testing conditions.

The Grafton Dragon Boat Club hold monthly come and try days at Corcoran Park on the first Saturday of the month at 10am, anyone 12 and over are welcome to come along, it's free to give it a go.

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