Regatta to draw 2000 paddlers
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.