Paddlers in top form
PADDLERS from the Grafton Dragon Boat Club are keen and fired up after coming from a successful campaign at the Australian championships in Docklands, Melbourne, earlier this month.
Following their efforts on April 2 and 4 they can't wait to see how they measure up against clubs on the North Coast at the Urunga Regatta in two weeks.
The 13 paddlers who represented the club at the Australian championships made the semi-final in the premier mixed 10s over a distance of 500 metres and the masters mixed 10s over 200 metres, which was a huge effort considering they were up against some of the best clubs in Australia.
Making it even more outstanding, the team was down one member the day before leaving for Melbourne because of an injury that occurred at training and seven of the 13 paddlers had not competed at national level before.
The club's focus now is on the Urunga Regatta, with teams contesting the 7km marathon on Saturday and the mixed, women's and men's sprint events on Sunday.
It is hoping for good results in each category.