Re­gatta to draw 2000 pad­dlers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

CHAM­PION Lakes Boat­ing Club will host the 2015 Aus­tralian Dragon Boat Cham­pi­onships from April 14-18.

More than 2000 pad­dlers from across Australia are ex­pected to de­scend on the Cham­pion Lakes Re­gatta Cen­tre for the na­tional event.

Highly con­tested races will take place through­out the four days, in­clud­ing the Aus­tralian Club Se­nior Cham­pi­onships, State ver­sus State Cham­pi­onships and Aus­tralian Club Pre­mier Cham­pi­onships.

Event chair­woman Bar­bara Clark­son said the Aus­tralian Dragon Boat Cham­pi­onships was al­ways an ex­cit­ing event, but this year the stakes are higher than ever be­fore.

“With Australia host­ing the 2016 Club Crew World Cham­pi­onships (CCWC) in Ade­laide, this sea­son will be the only op­por­tu­nity for clubs to qual­ify and chase a world ti­tle,” she said.

“The top five crews in the mixed, women’s and open cat­e­gory across three race dis­tances, in all age cat­e­gories, will be awarded the hon­our of con­test­ing the CCWC less than a year later.”

WA will have its largest State team yet com­pet­ing at the event, in­clud­ing a large con­tin­gent from Cham­pion Lakes Boat­ing Club.

On Thurs­day, all Aus­tralian State squads will be con­test­ing in the 500m and 200m, rac­ing in the 20s and 10s boats.

The top three pre­mier State squads will qual­ify for the in­au­gu­ral Asian Club Cham­pi­onships in Novem­ber 2015 in Fuzhou, China.

Mrs Clark­son said the event prom­ises to be great for spec­ta­tors.

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