PADDLE POWER: The mens 10 team paddling in their race at the Rainbow Dragons regatta at Ballina last weekend. PHOTO: Contributed
PADDLE POWER: The mens 10 team paddling in their race at the Rainbow Dragons regatta at Ballina last weekend. PHOTO: Contributed

Teams firing up for regatta

GRAFTON Dragon Boat Club is coming into hot form ahead of this year's Jacaranda Regatta.

The local regatta is not until October 27, but training and planning is already well under way.

The Grafton club will be tough to beat if it continues its hot form, after competing at the Rainbow Dragons' first regatta at Ballina last Sunday.

Publicity officer Angela Crompton said it was an impressive performance from the club.

"In spite of only having a small team, the mixed 20s had an impressive race in their final," Crompton said.

"It was an exciting victory, with three juniors in the boat, two new paddlers attending their first regatta, and only 17 paddlers overall."

The men's competiiton saw the Clarence Valley's community spirit reach a new level as the Grafton team combined with Clarence Coast Dragons to win.

The women competed with Clarence Coast in a reduced team as well, finishing third in a tough race.

Crompton had a minor warning for local corporate teams to get training, after seeing how the Ballina teams dominated.

"If some of the Ballina teams come down there will be some great corporate competition," Crompton said.

"They showed some impressive timing and speed."

The club will have a display with entry forms available in Grafton Shoppingworld on Saturday.



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