North Esk Swamp Dragons compete in Masters Games at Lake Barrington

PRIZE PADDLERS: Dragons Abreast Northern Tasmania Inc paddlers train on the North Esk River at the beginning of October. Picture: Paul Scambler.

Dragons Abreast Northern Tasmania have capped off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a spirited performance at the Masters Games.

Paddlers from the North Esk Dragon Boat club joined more than 400 competitors from around the country at Lake Barrington for the races, which were held throughout Thursday and Friday.

The North Esk Swamp Dragons lined up in three categories, while members of DANTI formed part of a Dragons Abreast North Tasmania team, which took part in a special cancer survivors event. DANTI publicity officer Ros Lewis said while they didn’t walk away with a medal, a good time was had by all.

“It was so well organised and the weather was just perfect,” she said.

Paddlers from the Swamp Dragons not only raced for the North Esk club, but also stepped in to help other teams. Swamp Dragon volunteer Kelly Broomhalll managed to win a medal through drumming for another team and said the competition was highlighted by a friendly atmosphere.

“Everyone was just out there to have fun and cooperate with one another,” she said.

The North Esk Dragonboat Club will hold a Come and Try Day in November, with the exact date to be announced in the coming weeks.


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