The sport of dragon boat racing has its origins in China and as far back as the first century B.C. However, today the sport is has many participants world wide - to the point that it is a pre - Olympic event.
The sport of dragon boat racing can be enjoyed by any person who wants to improve their fitness in a team environment. The dragon boat comprises of 20 paddles, a sweep who steers the boat, and a drummer who keeps every one in time. In Western Australia the oldest paddler is 84 years old while the youngest eligible to paddle must be 12 years of age.
The dragon boat team at Champion Lakes is in its infancy and will be competing against teams from Perth and regional areas during the coming regatta season. The season usually goes from October to March which are basically the summer months.
The Champion Lakes Dragon Boat Club will eventually have participants in all divisions: premier, ladies, juniors, mixed teams, over 40's and hopefully eventually a breast cancer survivor team.
This is a sport all can participate in to gain fitness, strength, friendship and better health.
The Champion Lakes Boating Club was formed in July 2008 and is the only Western Australian aquatic club which combines the disciplines of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating & radio sailing at the one venue. The regatta centre has first class facilities with a 2km marked water way which is of international standard. There is also a warm up area on the other side of the competing area which leads to the starting pontoons. Prior to the last Olympic games, many countries used this course for training before departing for Beijing, which is on a similar time as Perth. The facilities include club house, change rooms, boatsheds and security.
The dragon boat team trains on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6+:00pm and Sundays at 10.30 am. All boats, paddles and safety gear are supplied. The head coach of Champion Lakes Dragon Boat Club is John Beinke who may be contacted here.
The Champion Lakes Centre is located at Henley Drive, Champion Lakes.